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The Chicago Jewish News profiles Bend the Arc and the movement we are building for Jewish social justice in America. Being involved in social justice issues “is a part of who we are, it is in our DNA,” said CEO Alan van Capelle.
Bend the Arc Jewish Action called the House bill on the fiscal cliff “imperfect yet nonetheless one worth supporting. It included the first bipartisan agreement to raise taxes on the wealthiest Americans in 20 years and clearly established the principle that deficit reduction cannot and should not be achieved purely by cutting spending.”
The minimum wage was created in 1938 to help reduce poverty. Today that goal has been abandoned, as Congress has resisted raising the minimum wage to keep up with the cost of living, and millions of full-time workers are unable to make ends meet. The president should make raising the minimum wage, securing worker's rights, and immigration reform priorities in his second term.
While not totally satisfied with the results, many Jewish groups have come out in support of Congress’ last-minute efforts to reach a fiscal cliff deal, including Bend the Arc. CEO Alan van Capelle said the deal “clearly establishes the principle that deficit reduction cannot and should not be achieved purely by cutting spending.”
Bend the Arc called Congress’ actions to avert the fiscal cliff “an imperfect deal, yet nonetheless one worth supporting.” The deal “clearly establishes the principle that deficit reduction cannot and should not be achieved purely by cutting spending.”