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Our volunteer-created 2016 California Voter Guide provided tens of thousands of Jewish voters with recommendations on all 17 propositions that were on the ballot. To win on our priority issues, leaders canvassed across the state, held house parties and lectures, and conducted phone banks. In total, we won on all but two of the propositions — a huge victory for progressive policies on taxation, criminal justice reform, and more.
Every election, a savvy group of Bend the Arc leaders come together to research the finer points of California’s statewide ballot propositions and produce a progressive voter guide inspired by Jewish values. Before the guide’s release next month, we asked the co-chairs who lead the process, Karen Ben-Moshe and Doug Mirell, to pull back the curtain on how the voter guide gets created.
Bend the Arc leaders in California have been working tirelessly as part of a growing movement to reform the state’s broken criminal justice system. Following breakthroughs in recent elections, we are celebrating the unanimous passage in the State Assembly of a bill to reform the use of room confinement for incarcerated youth. The bill now sits on Governor Brown’s desk and Bend the Arc is working to ensure he signs it.
Bend the Arc’s Community Organizing Residency builds relationships between organizers of different faiths in a nation that appears increasingly fractured. As the fifth cohort of the program came to a close, one resident reflected, “I gained so much insight connecting with people both in and outside my faith tradition, my city, my race, and my gender. We need each other!”
WASHINGTON — Over two dozen Jewish organizations issued an open letter Thursday afternoon in which they resoundingly criticized “xenophobia and racism” expressed by candidates and their supporters during the current US elections cycle. Without naming Republican presumptive nominee Donald Trump, a long list of 28 social justice groups, including the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), HIAS and the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism voiced objection to what they described as “targeted attacks on ethnic and religious minorities by political candidates.”