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(Jewish Group) New survey indicates Jewish Americans will vote for any Democrat -- including Sanders


No matter who is running on the Democratic presidential ticket in 2020, he or she is likely to get the Jewish vote by a wide margin, according to a new survey.

The survey, released Friday by the Jewish Electorate Institute, found that two-thirds of Jewish voters said they would choose any Democratic candidate over President Donald Trump.

The survey was conducted Feb. 18 to 24, a period that included Sanders’ announcement that he would not attend AIPAC’s annual conference next week. After the announcement, some pundits suggested that nominating Sanders would result in Jews preferring the Republican candidate for the first time in contemporary American history. (Four years ago, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton received 70% of the Jewish vote.)

But the survey found that even though Jewish voters view Sanders more unfavorably than they his Democratic rivals, they disapprove of Trump far more. While 45% of Jewish voters said they had an unfavorable view of Sanders, who has tied or won the Democratic primary’s first three nominating contests, 61% said they strongly disapprove of Trump (down from a high of 71% in the survey group’s 2018 survey) and 65% would vote for him over the president in an election.


•A majority of Jewish voters identify as Democrats, and an overwhelming majority of Jewish voters disapprove of President Trump.
•Jewish voters support each of the leading Democratic candidates at essentially the same level in head-to-head match-ups against Donald Trump.
•A majority of Jewish voters view all of the leading Democratic candidates favorably.
•While Jewish voters remain strongly pro-Israel, Jewish voters prioritize domestic policy issues over Israel when asked which issues are most important to them in selecting a candidate.
•While nearly all respondents identify as “pro-Israel,” a majority also identify as critical of at least some of the current Israeli government’s policies.
•Jewish voters feel less secure than they did two years ago, and they hold President Trump responsible for their insecurity.
•A plurality of Jewish voters believe that the best way to improve the security of Jews in the United States is “helping people with the right values get elected.”

Posted by Behind the Aegis | Sat Feb 29, 2020, 03:27 PM (2 replies)

226 bills target LGBTQ Americans this year. One organization is behind a lot of them.

The group Equality Federation is currently tracking 226 anti-LGBTQ bills being considered in state legislatures throughout the country, and one organization in particular is responsible for many of the bills.

Many of the bills are similar and target the transgender community, and specifically transgender youth.

“The targeting of kids is really unique this year,” Rose Saxe, deputy director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s LGBT and HIV Project, told NBC News. “It’s really shocking, the depth of attack on trans youth.”

In January alone, more than twelve states have introduced bills that target transgender youth. The Associated Press reported that legislation banning doctors from providing transition-related care to transgender young people has been proposed in Colorado, Missouri, Oklahoma, Florida, South Carolina, and South Dakota.


Straight privilege (heterosexism), homophobia, and transphobia in action. Too many ignore the very real perils facing the LGBTQ community.
Posted by Behind the Aegis | Wed Feb 19, 2020, 01:33 AM (7 replies)

Uber driver told 2 dads their baby "needed his mother" & called the police on them

A man name James Moed says that on Wednesday, January 29, 2020, an Uber driver called the police on him and his husband. The driver had seen their crying child in his car and commented that the child needed to be cared for by its mother. Moed believes the driver contacted police after their ride together ended.

Police reportedly knocked on Moed’s hotel room door at the Marriott Marquis Marina in San Diego, California at around 1:30 a.m. and demanded identification to prove that he and his husband were the child’s legal parents. Uber says it’s investigating the incident.

In a series of tweets, Moed wrote, “It turns out the Uber driver who had taken us to the hotel had called the cops – accusing us of… child trafficking? endangerment?”

Moed said that after speaking with the officer, he himself “stayed awake freaking out” asking himself, “What if we hadn’t had his passport? [What if] the cops had been less agreeable? Where can my #Queerfamily travel safely?”


Just a reminder....gay men (and lesbians, bisexuals, and transgender men and women) are minorities and are victimized by homophobia and heterosexism. PRIVILEGE comes in ALL forms, as does OPPRESSION!
Posted by Behind the Aegis | Fri Feb 7, 2020, 06:55 AM (7 replies)

Bag with Star of David and soap left outside Swedish Holocaust day display

A bag emblazoned with a Star of David containing soap and anti-Semitic literature was left outside an exhibition about the Holocaust.

For many years after World War II, rumors persisted that the Nazis used Jewish bodies to produce soap. No evidence was found to support the claim.

The bag was left Monday, International Holocaust Remembrance Day, outside the city museum of Norrköping, situated about 90 miles southwest of the capital Stockholm, the SVT broadcaster reported Thursday.

It was found one day after the opening of an exhibition titled “Nazism in Norrköping now and then.”

Posted by Behind the Aegis | Fri Jan 31, 2020, 09:50 PM (5 replies)
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