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How Your Guide to Voting Progressively in California this Fall is Assembled

July/August Newsletter | August 31, 2016
Update

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.

California Hopeful for a Landmark Criminal Justice Reform Victory

July/August Newsletter | August 31, 2016
Update

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.

Breaking Down Barriers Across Lines of Faith, Race and Class

July/August Newsletter | August 30, 2016
Update

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!”

Jewish Groups Slam 'Xenophobia' in US Election

The Times of Israel | July 8, 2016

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.”

Jewish Groups Condemn Anti-Semitic Rhetoric in 2016 Race

The Huffington Post | July 7, 2016

The Anti-Defamation League and 27 other Jewish organizations on Thursday called on political candidates to denounce racism, xenophobia and other forms of prejudice.

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