News & Updates

Jewish Groups Help Collect 1M Signatures Opposing Steve Bannon Appointment

Forward | December 8, 2016
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(JTA) — Jewish and progressive groups delivered over 1 million petition signatures to Capitol Hill opposing President-elect Donald Trump’s pick of Stephen Bannon as his chief strategist.

Jewish Institutions, Oppose Bannon — or Millennials Will Leave You Behind

New Voices | December 8, 2016
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Over the past three weeks, President-elect Donald Trump’s choice of Steve Bannon for chief strategist has drawn a lot of attention. Bannon has been accused of turning conservative website Breitbart News into a home for neo-Nazis and the alt-right movement, of being a racist, a white supremacist, and even an anti-Semite. At the same time, however, many major American Jewish organizations have remained silent or even sided with Bannon. These groups must condemn him immediately or risk being left behind by a far more radical generation of Jewish activists.

Keith Ellison is No Anti-Semite

The Nation | December 7, 2016
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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.

Electing Progressive Champions in Congress

December Newsletter | December 2, 2016
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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.

A Reflection on Our Year-Long Campaign to Stop Donald Trump

December Newsletter | December 2, 2016
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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.

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