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Week in Review 4-26-2019

Increasingly, Americans feel that Congress does not represent them very well. In fact, it has become more and more common to hear people say that we have become two separate America’s. Pollster and political consultant Mark Mellman reflected on that in a column this week. Here are some excerpts that may interest you:

Week in Review 4-12-2019

Abortion rights suffered another setback this week. Ohio just became the fifth state to ban abortion at six weeks, just when a fetal heartbeat can be detected. Many women don't even know that they are pregnant at that point

In Texas, lawmakers introduced one of the most reprehensible bills yet -- the death penalty for women who get abortions. There would be no exception for rape or incest. On the Hill, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, held a hearing on his legislation to ban abortion after 20 weeks. 

Week in Review 4-5-2019

When President Trump was recently asked if white supremacy is a rising threat, he responded, "I don't, really. I think it's a small group of people that have very, very serious problems, I guess." 

It's not a "small problem" to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). A recent SPLC study of hate groups active in the US showed that their numbers rose to the highest levels in two decades last year. 

Week in Review 3-9-2019

The Meuller report released this week did not conclude that Russians altered the actual vote count in the 2016 election. But the investigation did raise serious concerns about a key component of our democracy - the integrity of the voting process.

"Americans feel left out and locked out of their own democracy," said Rep. Paul Sarbanes (D-MD), the lead author of HR1 - For the People Act. "HR1 seeks to strengthen American democracy and return political power to the people with citizen-owned elections," he said.

JAC Statement on the Tragedy in New Zealand

Friday, March 15, 2019

Whether it is in a synagogue, church or a mosque, religious violence hurts everyone.

JAC stands with the Muslim community in New Zealand and the Muslim communities across the world during this horrific time.

We can never allow religious hatred to divide and weaken us. We must be resolute in our efforts to fight bigotry and continue to strive for tolerance and understanding.

The victims and their families will be in our prayers tonight as we usher in Shabbat.

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Week in Review 2-22-2019

When President Trump continuously tears down the mainstream media, he is pushing people towards alternative sources of information. These sources often times breed hate and extremism. Trump renders the media irrelevant, non-credible and untrustworthy. Consequently the media, which can and does counter the misinformation, is considered unreliable.

Week in Review 1-18-2019

Tuesday marks the 46th anniversary of Roe v Wade. This landmark 5-2 Supreme Court decision changed the lives of women and families across the country. The Court said that the "right of personal privacy'' is broad enough "to encompass a woman's decision whether or not to terminate her pregnancy.''  The decision gave women the legal right to seek and have an abortion.

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