On Saturday night, March 18, 2017, Bend the Arc: Pittsburgh and the Jewish Family & Children’s Service held a community Havdalah service and vigil in support of immigrants and refugees.
What is a civic and moral reawakening and why is it happening now? Across the country, American Jews are taking to the streets, calling their representatives and demanding that that the hateful policies of the Trump Administration be stopped before they take root. From the national level where we flood the phones of Congress, to the local grassroots level where Bend the Arc is emerging in places where it has never before existed - there is a clarion call to action to confront and fight injustice. It’s all due to supporters like you. This is your movement
Today, Bend the Arc submitted a letter for the record the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice hearing entitled "The State of Religious Liberty in America." The letter urges the subcommittee members to focus on threats to true religious freedom including the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) and similar legislation that would use religious freedom as a weapon to discriminate. Bend the Arc also appended to that letter another signed by more than 3,000 clergy and lay leaders in opposition to FADA.
Bend the Arc joined more than 100 national civil rights groups calling on President-elect Trump to preserve the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
Bend the Arc Opposes Attempts to Block Patients from Accessing Care at Planned Parenthood Health Centers
Bend the Arc joined more than 130 organizations in writing to House and Senate Leadership in opposition to any attempt to block patients from accessing care at Planned Parenthood health centers. The letter also urges Congress to reject politically motivated attacks on the ability of women, men, and young people to make personal health decisions.