Congressman Ted Lieu and AJC Explore Policy Challenges  

On October 26, 2016, 55 AJC leaders participated in a fascinating conversation and dinner with Rep. Ted Lieu (CA-33). The Congressman, a member of the Oversight & Government Reform Committee's National Security Subcommittee, and the AJC leaders explored U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East including Iran's nuclear program, the Syrian Civil War, and the refugee crisis. The Congressman also shared his vision on combating bigotry and discrimination against minorities in America. Past AJC LA President Sherry Weinman and Michael Umansky hosted the program, which was moderated by Vice President Cathy Unger. Policy Co-Chair Ira Handelman closed the program with a call to action on AJC's legislative priorities. 

AJC Praises California Governor Jerry Brown for Signing Anti-BDS Legislation into Law  

September 24, 2016 – Los Angeles – AJC praises California Governor Jerry Brown for signing AB 2844 today. The legislation was introduced by Assemblymember Richard Bloom in February 2016 to combat the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel. The State Senate approved the bill by 34 to 1 on August 24th and the Assembly by 69 to 1 on August 30th.

"AJC has been a key partner on AB 2844 since day one," said Assemblymember Bloom. "From testifying in committee hearings to providing valuable insight and knowledge, AJC advocated tirelessly on this bill throughout the entire legislative process. Additionally, by engaging the general public on this bill, AJC has elevated the voices of countless Californians who demand an end to the discriminatory practices of the BDS movement."  Please click here to read more.

Mexico Honors AJC’s Dina Siegel Vann 

September 15, 2016 – Washington, D.C. – The Mexican government today bestowed one of its highest honors, the prestigious National Ohtli Award, on Dina Siegel Vann, Director of AJC’s Belfer Institute for Latino and Latin American Affairs (BILLA).   The Ohtli Award recognizes Mexican, Mexican-American, or Latino leaders whose efforts have contributed significantly to the empowerment of Mexican communities abroad. Ohtli is a Náhuatl word that means “pathway” in English, or “camino” in Spanish.  

“As a Mexican and American, I am deeply moved and grateful for this precious honor by the Mexican government,” said Siegel Vann. “The Ohtli Award strengthens my commitment, on behalf of AJC, to continue working with the Mexican American, American Jewish, and other communities, as we strive to connect and build enduring ties in the U.S., Israel, and Mexico and other Latin American nations.” Please click here to read more. 

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