Bend the Arc is set to make history as it launches the first Jewish PAC to focus solely on domestic issues. Read the note from CEO Stosh Cotler introducing Bend the Arc Jewish Action PAC.
Today, Bend the Arc Jewish Action Director Hadar Susskind urged members of Congress to vote for The People’s Budget, introduced by Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chairs Representatives Keith Ellison and Raul Grijalva. Bend the Arc firmly believes that the budget should reflect our values and shared priorities and that this proposal embodies these principles far more than any other in Congress.
Bend the Arc and Colleagues Urge White House to Broaden Scope of Summit on Countering Violent Extremism
Today, Bend the Arc and seventeen religious and civil rights groups wrote to President Obama with concern that the upcoming White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism will be focused exclusively on violence committed by those who claim to act in the name of Islam. Such a focus not only ignores the reality that violent extremist attacks committed in the United States are overwhelmingly committed by non-Muslims--most recently including attacks on a Sikh gurdwara in WI and Jewish Community Center in KS--but also reinforces the suspicion far too many individuals have of an entire faith community.
Today, Bend the Arc joined 30 religious organizations in writing to members of the House of Representatives in opposition to the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36), which would restrict access to abortion based on arbitrary gestational limits. The letter was organized by the National Council of Jewish Women and Catholics for Choice.
Today, Bend the Arc joined group comments organized by the Center for American Progress on the Department of Homeland Security Citizenship and Immigration Service’s I-589 Application for Asylum and for Withholding of Removal form. The comments suggest changes that will make the form more inclusive of LGBT asylum seekers as well as improved data collection.