Bend the Arc Jewish Action PAC just finished its first election cycle as the first Jewish PAC focused exclusively on progressive domestic issues. This was a tough election but there’s no doubt that our voices made a difference in key fights and put our community on the map for future electoral victories. We’re celebrating bright spots, like the election of the first-ever Latina Senator, Catherine Cortez Masto from Nevada.
For over a year, Bend the Arc Jewish Action drove the leading Jewish response to Donald Trump’s campaign for the presidency. While the results are not what we wanted or envisioned, it would be a mistake to say that the campaign failed. Bend the Arc’s community rallied to demonstrate unprecedented resistance to Trump’s politics of hate and bigotry and had a distinctive and lasting effect on the political conversation and the perception of Jewish progressive power in America.
In the last three weeks, more than 65,000 people have joined with Bend the Arc Jewish Action to respond to the unprecedented wave of hatred unleashed by the election of Donald Trump. Thousands signed our open letter of solidarity from American Jews to other communities threatened by Trump’s presidency and thousands of Jews and Muslims signed our joint petition with the Muslim Public Affairs Council demanding that Stephen Bannon — a promoter of white nationalism and antisemitism — be fired.
There have been 900 documented incidents of harassment across the country aimed at Muslims, Jews, and people of color in just the few weeks since the election. Neo-Nazis openly celebrated in D.C. The President-elect has nominated cabinet members who openly discuss the restrictions of civil rights for minorities. It’s more important than ever before that we join our voices together to fight for an America of equality and justice for all.
On October 30-31, something incredible happened in this election: hundreds of volunteers traveled with Bend the Arc Jewish Action to knock on more than 22,000 doors in key swing states to help turn out the voters Hillary Clinton needs to win this election.
Last summer, Donald Trump introduced his own brand of hate-based politics to the political mainstream. Bend the Arc Jewish Action has stood in opposition to Trump at every turn — decrying his divisive and dangerous rhetoric in the media, holding vigils across the country, and putting pressure on his Republican backers. Now it’s time to join together and finish the job to stop Donald Trump from reaching the White House.