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Why Immigration Reform Is A Jewish Issue

National Journal | April 11, 2014

Stosh Cotler, Bend the Arc CEO, writes in the National Journal about a familiar story among today's immigrants, who are trapped in the middle of a fierce national debate about immigration reform. But it's also a story about her grandfather, who fled pogroms in Kiev 100 years ago, and found his home in the United States.

Queer Passover Seder Helped Me Reclaim Judaism

The Jewish Daily Forward | April 7, 2014

Stosh Cotler, our CEO, writes about a Passover Seder that changed her life.

Bending the Arc Toward Justice: Stosh Cotler Takes The Helm

State of Belief | April 1, 2014

Stosh Cotler is interviewed on State of Belief talking about Bend the Arc changing the mind of the most prominent Jewish opponent of comprehensive immigration reform: House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.

Why Jews Are All In on the New Voting Rights Act

The Huffington Post | February 11, 2014

There is something quintessentially American and quintessentially Jewish about voting -- and fighting for the right to vote. After all, voting is an act of faith. It's a ritual, part of belonging to the community. Like all rituals, we may find them inconvenient when they interrupt our daily schedule, but we also hold them dear. It may not feel sacred in some moments -- filling in little bubbles or pulling little levers -- but it connects deeply with our past and our core sense of who we are as a people. And ultimately we do it because we believe in something bigger than ourselves, something that we can't see directly and are taught to trust in -- in this case, a sense that all of us, doing this little ritual, adds up to a government of ourselves, by ourselves, for ourselves, that stands up for liberty and justice for all.

Rabbis Collaborate to Spotlight Voting Rights Issues

KQED | February 10, 2014

KQED interviews Rabbi Melanie Aron about the launch of Bend the Arc's voting rights campaign.