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A same-sex Israeli couple struggling against U.S. immigration laws are set to become the faces of the fight to extend one of the foundations of immigration policy to gays and lesbians. Bend the Arc is one of the groups that has been leading efforts in the Jewish community for family reunification rights for gays and lesbians.
"Failing to include LGBT equality in the bill sends the dangerous message that it is acceptable to continue to discriminate against certain groups of people. Same-sex bi-national couples should not be forced to choose between their love for America and their love for each other," said Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice in support of LGBT-inclusive reform.
"Most Americans think our immigration laws are exactly as they were 100 years ago," said CEO Alan van Capelle. "Many would probably be surprised - or educated - to know the laws are much more restrictive. What better way to communicate this than to ask, 'Would your family be allowed in today?' "
Candidates Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel each offered their own solutions on improving the city's public transportation system and saving Hollywood film industry jobs during Wednesday night's mayoral forum in Los Angeles' Fairfax District, sponsored by Bend the Arc, National Council of Jewish Women Los Angeles.
Members of different religious communities throughout the city came together for a “Faith Summit on Poverty in San Francisco” this week, hoping to develop a shared vision and advocacy plan for addressing issues like hunger and homelessness at the local level. Bay Area Regional Director, Susan Lubeck, led a session called “Congregational and Community Organizing.”