If not now . . . (Jewish Caucus Election Message)

November 6, 2006 at 1:34 pm | Posted in Church and State, Civil Rights, Events, Israel, political parties | Leave a comment

Hey everybody,

It’s that time of year again. Tomorrow, we get another chance to shape the future of our great nation. In the past 6 years, we have experienced some of the worst times in our nation’s history. Not only have we seen record deficits and been exposed to a culture of fear, but we have watched the erosion of our most fundamental rights. As Jews, we know first hand the importance of respecting the legal and political safeguards on executive power and we understand why the separation of church and state is at the core of what it means to be American. It is our responsibility to exercise another of our critical rights, in order to protect the rest of them.

By voting tomorrow, you have a chance to stand up and say that civil liberties are important, that America is not a fundamentally “Christian Nation,” but a pluralistic one, and that our country needs a new direction. Though the last six years have been ample evidence for why we need a change, Republican’s continue to pile on the reasons. For the latest winner, I would like to refer you to Republican Representative and US Senate Candidate Katherine Harris who prayed to “bring the hearts and minds of our Jewish brothers and sisters into alignment.”

Listen to the full prayer at http://www.stanford.edu/~jpasek/HarrisPrayer.mp3, and if anyone asks you why Jews vote Democratic, just point them this way.

But whatever you do, don’t forget that everything comes down to turnout. Even if 90% of Americans know in their hearts and in their heads that we are staying the wrong course in Iraq and at home, we can only change things if we get people to the polls. Elections are sometimes decided by 1 vote, and making sure that you vote and that all of your friends vote is the most important thing you can do.

Here’s to real change in 2006,

Josh Pasek
Chair, YDAJC

YDAJC Meetings in Las Vegas – June 9 & 11, 2006

June 8, 2006 at 9:22 am | Posted in Announcements, Announcements + Events, Events | Leave a comment

Come join the YDA Jewish Caucus in Las Vegas this weekend for our general meeting on June 9th at 5:45 PM and our strategic planning retreat on June 11th at 1:00PM.

June 9, 2006
5:45 PM – 6:45 PM
Margarita’s Cantita
Fronteir Hotel and Casino
Las Vegas, NV

YDAJC General Meeting
With Speakers:

Bobby Feldman and Sam Leiberman
Israel Politics and Local Politics from a Jewish Perspective

June 11, 2006
1:00 PM
Strategic Planning Retreat
Las Vegas, NV

Please email me if you are interested in attending.

YDAJC 2006 Spring Conference Meeting

May 22, 2006 at 9:38 pm | Posted in Announcements, Announcements + Events, Events | Leave a comment

The Young Democrats of America Spring Conference for 2006 will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada June 9-11 at The New Frontier Hotel and Casino.

On Friday, June 9th the Caucus will hold its meeting at 5:30 pm at Margarita’s Mexican Cantina inside the Frontier. Our guest speakers will be Bobby Feldman from the Jewish National Fund (JNF) of Las Vegas and Samuel Lieberman, a national board member of JNF and a former Young Democrat. They will be speaking about the activities that JNF has been working on and current events in Israel.

On Sunday, June 11th at 1:00 pm, the Caucus will be holding its Strategic Planning Retreat at Cafe Ba-Ba-Reba at the Fashion Show Mall.

For full conference details visit www.yda.org.

We hope to see you there!

~YDAJC Executive Board

Jewish Organizations Plan a Big Push Against Genocide in Darfur

January 30, 2006 at 12:07 pm | Posted in Civil Rights, Events | Leave a comment

(Forward) Jolted by the tepid response to the genocide in Darfur, Jewish communal organizations are mobilizing at an unprecedented level for an issue that might appear tangential to Jewish concerns.

National and local Jewish organizations are gearing up for a rally to be held April 30 in Washington under the aegis of the Save Darfur Coalition, which brings together more than 150 faith-based and human rights groups and in which Jewish organizations figure prominently.

Read more at http://www.forward.com/articles/7262

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