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Eight Democratic members of Congress joined with activists on Tuesday to block a street in view of the Capitol, an attempt to reignite immigration reform efforts that have stalled out in the House. But others were acting in civil disobedience for the first time. Jason Kimelman-Block, the rabbi-in-residence for Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice, said he'd never done anything like the protest before, but that it was important to him to join in this time.
Bend the Arc, a national Jewish social justice organization, engaged in a statewide "Care-avan" this summer, mobilizing support in San Francisco and Los Angeles on behalf of legislation it argued would "bring visibility to an invisible workforce."
Alan van Capelle, CEO of Bend the Arc, discusses the importance of faith based communities involved with the marriage equality movement. This articles highlights that once faith based organizers come together for marriage equality the results are swift and responsive.
On June 27, the U.S. Senate approved an immigration bill that would bring 11 million people living illegally in the United States out from the shadows; should it become law, the bill would grant provisional legalized status to millions of people, including hundreds of thousands of domestic workers, offering them a path to citizenship.
People of faith have connected with scholars to develop solid theologies that support LGBT moral equality. They have created support and advocacy networks in virtually every denomination, pressured religious opponents to repudiate hateful and dehumanizing language against LGBT people, and sponsored honest conversations within their houses of worship. Beyond that, people of faith have also created messaging and outreach that acknowledges the different places religious people are on the journey toward LGBT acceptance. This messaging acknowledges conflicts of conscience and points the way toward celebrating LGBT equality, not in spite of, but because of one’s faith.