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Past Campaigns & Victories

So All Can Vote

In the wake of the 2013 Supreme Court decision to dismantle key sections of the Voting Rights Act, Bend the Arc began working with our allies to pass new legislation to protect the right to vote for all. With vigils across the country, we commemorated three civil rights activists — Andrew Goodman, James Chaney, and Mickey Schwerner — who were murdered while fighting for voting rights in Mississippi in 1964. Our effort brought together over a thousand rabbis, thousands of American Jews, and dozens of Members of Congress.

#Jewsfor15

Bend the Arc leaders demonstrated at five Long Island Railroad stations to increase support for raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour in New York State.

The growth in income inequality in this country is not only an economic crisis; it’s a moral crisis as well. 

Bend the Arc launched our #JewsFor15 campaign in the winter of 2016 to mobilize our community in support of the growing efforts to raise the minimum wage and protect union rights for all workers. By bringing our chapters and affiliates across the country into the larger Fight for $15 movement, we added a powerful Jewish voice to local and state efforts to raise the minimum wage in jurisdictions across the country.

After contributing thousands of phone calls to legislators, actions in key districts, and countless organizing meetings, the leaders of our New York, Southern California, and Bay Area chapters helped win historic $15 minimum wage bills in their states. Read more.

Domestic Workers' Rights

domestic workers celebrateFor the past 80 years, homecare and domestic workers have been excluded from the basic labor protections that most American workers take for granted — the long and painful shadow of racism in labor policy.

In 2013, after two and a half years alongside our allies — and dozens of marches, rallies, legislative visits, call-in days, and petitions later — we helped win the passage of the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights in California. This landmark labor law extends the most basic labor protection of overtime pay to 200,000 domestic workers who maintain homes, care for children, and enable seniors and people with disabilities to live independently and with dignity. Read more.

And in February and March 2012, we rallied the Jewish community behind a proposal by the U.S. Department of Labor to extend the same minimum wage and overtime pay requirements most workers take for granted to America’s 1.7 million home care workers. Read more.

Progressive Taxation

Robert Reich shows his support for Prop 30 with Bend the ArcBend the Arc has waged several successful campaigns to make our tax system more progressive by ensuring that the wealthiest contribute their fair share.

One powerful example is our work to pass Proposition 30, which almost overnight rescued the California economy from destruction.

Bend the Arc: Bay Area and Bend the Arc: Southern California brought the Jewish community into a historic coalition of labor, neighborhood and interfaith organizations. Our volunteer leaders held house meetings, wrote op-eds and organized to help get new and unlikely voters to the polls who tipped the margin toward victory.

The day after Prop 30 passed, the headlines said it all: the state’s community colleges would add classes to accommodate 20,000 more students; the University of California took a $2,400 tuition hike off the table; families would not have to endure a three week public school furlough. Read more.

EntryDenied.org

entrydenied.org

In 2013, a chance to pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform appeard with a bipartisan push in Congress, and Bend the Arc mobilized to bring the Jewish community's support to the table.

Bend the Arc leaders arranged dozens of legislative visits with Representatives and Senators, bringing shofars and their personal immigration stories, and thousands of phone calls. Our work was critical in showing our elected officials that American Jews were willing to show up for immigration reform.

But we also saw that too many people didn't understand that their own relatives would not have been able to immigrate under today's laws. To help make the issue personal and to deepen empathy for today's immigrants, we created a quiz that showed 95% of users that their ancestors would be denied entry today. Visit entrydenied.org.