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Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison proposes to change how the Democratic National Committee operates, and his campaign for the chairmanship has unsettled a number of political and media insiders. That’s understandable. Democrats who disagree with Ellison have every right to dissect and dissent from the Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chair’s proposals to focus on grassroots organizing and recruitment of younger and more diverse candidates. They can even raise questions about whether a sitting member of Congress is the right choice to lead a party that has a lot of rebuilding to do.
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.
Beyond the Ballot Box: How to Impact National Politics When You’re a Progressive Voting in a Blue State
Leading up to Election Day, Jeremiah Fellow Nikki Gordon wrote a piece for Jewschool about her involvement with Bend the Arc and why she became a supporter of the Bend the Arc Jewish Action PAC during the 2016 Election Cycle. "I learned that I could have a much bigger political footprint than just casting my little blue vote in my big blue state. I can impact national politics in several powerful ways."