The impact of mass incarceration on our communities in California is a deeply tragic story — and Bend the Arc is joining a new campaign to turn the tide. Bend the Arc’s Criminal Justice Reform campaign has joined the Yes on Prop 47 campaign to pass the Safe Neighborhoods & Schools Act. Prop 47 will change sentencing for petty crimes from felonies to misdemeanors, and direct financial savings to K-12 schools, mental health treatment, and victim services.
In 2016, Bend the Arc members, supporters and allies are working to help win minimum wage increases in states and cities where legislators or voters are deciding whether to pass a $15 minimum wage. We’ll make our voices heard and let the country know that a new generation of Jewish political leadership is rising to the occasion.
In the wake of the recent Supreme Court decision to dismantle key sections of the Voting Rights Act, Bend the Arc is launching a voting rights campaign and will be working with our allies to pass new legislation to protect the right to vote for all. We can fix this if we act together.
Our immigration system is broken, serving neither immigrant families nor the interests of our country, and fixing it is an economic and a moral imperative. Common sense immigration reform is, and should be, a priority for the Jewish community. For many people, our own immigrant stories are still fresh in our family’s collective memory. And the Jewish collective memory speaks to our people as immigrants from the moment Abram was called to “Go forth from your homeland” and down through the millennia.
California is in the middle of a budget crisis that is devastating our communities, compromising health and safety, and blocking the path to opportunity for young adults and low-income communities. Join us to create a just and equitable society that provides flexible pathways to self-sufficiency and self-actualization, supported by a community dedicated to the health, well-being, and success of all its inhabitants.