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With public acceptance of same-sex marriage growing, liberal Jewish groups are hoping the U.S. Supreme Court will strike down the Defense of Marriage Act that they have long opposed. An array of groups, including Bend the Arc, NCJW, Hadassah, and a number of Reform and Conservative bodies had joined in an amicus brief filed for the lower court appeal of the DOMA case.
If one listened only to the avalanche of political ads during the recent election campaign, one might believe that Americans were being crushed under the heaviest federal tax burden ever. In reality, Americans today have the lowest federal tax burden since 1950. The Jewish tradition has much to say about fairness in taxation, and consistently endorses the principle that those who benefit the most from society have the greatest obligation to pay for the support of the community.
Students involved at Hillel at the University of Pittsburgh use Hanukkah as an occasion to have some fun and raise money to benefit Bend the Arc's Hurricane Sandy Response Fund, which will go to help the residents of Newark, N.J. rebuild after the storm.
The untold story is that Proposition 30s margin of victory was delivered by Reclaim California's Future, a coalition of grass roots, interfaith and labor organizations around the state. This coalition put together the largest community-led voter mobilization effort in the state's recent history to reach 1.3 million new and unlikely voters.
As President Barack Obama and Congress tackle the financial crisis and the politically explosive issue of tax reform, the American Jewish community has remained quiet — until now. Bend the Arc Jewish Action has gathered over 250 rabbis to sign a letter in support of the president’s proposal to allow tax cuts to expire at the end of the year for those making above $250,000 annually.