Rep. Adam Schiff Opens Security Hearing With a List of What We Know — and It’s Amazing

By Mark Sumner

Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA) provided a calm, measured opening statement for the security hearing. In doing so, Schiff went through a list of the things we know, including actions of Flynn, Gordon, Manafort, Sessions and Page. A list so long that hearing it all together sounded very much like an indictment.

In running through the lengthy set of connections, perhaps the most amazing thing was that Schiff drew on already public, already confirmed information. J. D. Gordon has confirmed the Trump team’s actions in making the RNC platform more friendly to Russia. Flynn did lie, repeatedly, about both the frequency and nature of his conversations with the Russian ambassador, as well as the payment by Russian sources. Sessions lied before the Senate committee. It was extensive, but it wasn’t speculation.

It was also interesting that Schiff brought up the dossier compiled on Trump by former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele. Schiff introduced the dossier in noting the remarkable similarity between the statements made regarding a deal involving Carter Page and the Russian state oil and gas agency, and an actual deal that subsequently occurred. Even though Schiff didn’t directly raise the well-known claims the dossier makes against Trump, his example showed that information in the dossier seems to be accurate on those points we can check.

Schiff closed with a note that everything he brought up could be only coincidence, but if so, it was certainly a long line of coincidences.

This article appeared in the Daily Kos on March 20, 2017. The links were added by The Philadelphia Jewish Voice.

U.N. Israel Apartheid Report Condemned

Israeli flag at U.N. Photo: AP,

Israeli flag at U.N. Photo: AP,

The Jewish Labor Committee condemns the United Nations Economic Commission for Western Asia’s report that asserts that “Israel has established an apartheid regime.” It is not surprising that the Commission, comprised entirely of 18 Arab states, most of which do not recognize Israel, would issue a report that appears to be the first time that “apartheid” has been used in document with the United Nations stamp to criticize Israel. [Read more…]

March on Harrisburg

By Emily DiCicco

March on Harrisburg was born in a D.C jail cell in April of last year. Well, not quite a jail cell. A warehouse-turned-holding area for the thousand plus protesters that had been arrested at the Capitol building. We, participants of Democracy Spring, a non-partisan movement to get big money out of politics, were arrested at the culmination of a 140-mile march from Philadelphia to D.C. — the final push to force legislators to acknowledge our demands. They didn’t. [Read more…]

What You Lose With Trump’s Budget

Head Start Program. Photo: Campfield.bcps.org

Head Start Program. Photo: Campfield.bcps.org

by Congressman Dwight Evans

In reading through the new budget proposal I am reminded of a question President Trump asked this summer when he was speaking to the African American community at a rally in Philadelphia. The President asked the question: “What do you have to lose?”

This is what we have to lose:

  • President Trump wants eliminate the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Community Development Block Grant program, whose sole mission is to combat poverty nationwide.
  • President Trump aims to cut funding for Head Start and before and after school programs for our kids.
  • President Trump supports a new health care law that dramatically strips funding for Medicaid, a service that provides critical care to our most vulnerable.

The President’s budget proposal puts America’s communities at greater risk of tilting towards decline. All of the proposed cuts do not give our seniors, our children, or our working families a chance to get ahead. The President’s budget undermines and cuts the crucial investments we have made in our communities nationwide. Without adequate funding our communities will not have the resources needed to make our neighborhoods stronger, block by block.”

Congressman Dwight Evans represents Northwest, West, North and parts South and Center City Philadelphia, and the western suburbs of Narberth and Lower Merion Township. He serves on the House Agriculture Committee and House Small Business Committee.

Learning From the Past to Change the Future

By Laurel Fairworth

16107464_1852348398343930_3795405131184417547_oIn light of recent developments it is more important than ever to remind people about what can happen when anti-Semitism is left unchecked. Recently, cemetery stones have been overturned, bomb threats made against synagogues and we have seen a dramatic rise in hate crimes against Jews. To combat that a new pilot program called Eitanim (which means the strong or steadfast ones), is encouraging teenagers to use technology in a novel way to share what happened in the past to deepen connection to Israel in the future. [Read more…]

Trump Blames Jews for Anti-Semitic Attacks

Mt. Carmel Cemetery Desecrated. Photo: Washington Post.

Mt. Carmel Cemetery Desecrated. Photo: Washington Post.

Editor: Donald Trump apparently suggested that Jews might be calling in bomb threats to JCCs and desecrating gravestones with the expectation that it would be blamed on Trump supporters and be seen as evidence that the supporters are anti-Semitic.

When asked on Tuesday about the recent wave of anti-Semitic threats and property destruction, President Donald Trump allegedly said that “sometimes it’s the reverse.” [Read more…]