Bend the Arc joined 35+ civil rights, advocacy, community, and interfaith groups, in raising concerns about Sen. Jeff Sessions qualification and ability to serve as the next U.S. Attorney General. The letter was organized by Muslim Advocates and noted Sen. Sessions' record of taking anti-immigrant, anti-LGBTQ positions and anti-Muslim positions and actions.
Bend the Arc Jewish Action urged members of Congress to vote against the REINS Act and Midnight Rules and Relief Act.
The Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act would require all major regulations issued by the Executive Branch to be approved by Congress before they can be implemented. This could delay or shut down the implementation of critical new public health and safety safeguards, financial reforms and worker protections.
The Midnight Rules Relief Act would radically and dangerously expand Congress’ existing ability to use the Congressional Review Act (CRA). This legislation is based on a flawed premise—namely, that regulations which are proposed or finalized during the so-called “midnight” rulemaking period are rushed and inadequately vetted. In fact, the very opposite is true. According to a report from Public Citizen, rules issued during the presidential transition period took on average 3.6 years to complete, compared to 2.8 years for all other rules.
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.