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JAC Statement on the Shooting in Las Vegas

Our condolences to the families and victims whose lives are shattered forever. The tragedy that unfolded in Las Vegas early this morning is indescribable. It's a scene -- senseless violence aimed at innocent victims -- that has played out too often throughout America. 

There will undoubtedly be an outpouring of prayers and comfort. But what our country desperately needs is an outpouring of action to keep guns away from dangerous individuals, ban assault weapons, and tighten background checks. 

The Week in Review September 15, 2017

It was an emotional week.

Houston's cleanup from Hurricane Harvey barely started when Hurricane Irma bore down on Florida. Rebuilding physically and emotionally will be slow and painful. It has already been one of the most intense hurricane seasons in recorded history and the season isn't expected to end until November. Evidence continues to mount that these catastrophic events are not coincidental, but explicitly due to climate change. 

Week In Review September 8, 2017

Each one of us has a story to tell about a parent, grandparent or great grandparent that landed on the shores of this country in hopes of building a better life. Many sought refuge from political and religious persecution. They worked hard, struggled and persevered, always striving for the American dream. In the process,  our immigrant relatives helped to build our country.They went to school, got better jobs, purchased  homes, and started businesses. They were not very different from today's DREAMERs.  

Week In Review September 1, 2017

JAC's thoughts are with our members in Texas, the Jewish community and all those impacted by Hurricane Harvey. At times like this, we all come together to offer assistance to those in need. The heroic efforts by citizens and first responders have been inspiring. The recovery will be long and painful and will require federal and private assistance.

A Political Party’s Strength Lies in Redefined Borders

Highlighting the latest installment of a series of programs from JACII Detroit, this one focused on fair congressional districts and the dangers of gerrymandering.

To best illustrate how and why Michigan politicians created the most stretched, tilted and gerrymandered congressional district in the nation, Dr. Kevin Deegan-Krause, Wayne State University professor of political science, showed up at the Office Coffee Shop in Royal Oak on Aug. 7 with a replica of the 14th District made of Legos.

A Week In Review August 25, 2017

For one brief moment on Monday our country found something to smile about and unite behind -- the solar eclipse. It was a bipartisan moment when Democrats and Republicans marveled at the moon covering the sun. We were all inspired at this event which was completely out of human control. But that awe-inspiring moment quickly passed, and then the memories of Charlottesville immediately returned. 

Israeli Officials Meet With Egyptian Leadership to Discuss Reopening Cairo Embassy

An Israeli delegation arrived in Cairo Sunday for discussions with Egyptian officials on security arrangements to bring about the reopening of the Israeli Embassy there, which has been closed for eight months. Israeli officials said the talks were making good progress, which could mean that Ambassador David Govrin will return there shortly.

JAC Statement on the Violence in Charlottesville - We Will Not Be Silent

"We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented."

-- Elie Wiesel 


The horrific events in Charlottesville this past weekend remind us again of the devastating consequences of hatred. Such actions threaten all of us. For the last 30 years, JAC has been monitoring, raising awareness of, and fighting discrimination and hate groups. We have watched their resurgence and have continually spoken out against them.

Intern Impressions

Sydney Box, JAC 2017 Summer Intern

Elections matter. I've always heard this phrase, but never truly understood the importance of it until I interned with JAC. This summer JAC campaigned for two House special elections, one in Georgia and one in Montana. While spending hours making phone calls into those states encouraging people to vote, I realized for the first time the scope of elections. 

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