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Breaking news: an ambitious criminal justice reform bill could move forward in the Senate, but we must take action this week. The Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act is an incredible opportunity to reduce mass incarceration, one of the great drivers of systemic racial injustice in our country. Bend the Arc is asking all of our supporters to contact their Senators to help bring the bill to a vote on the floor, where it would likely pass.
On Thursday, April 14, Jews of all ages joined protests, rallies, and strikes in seven cities to demand a $15 federal minimum wage and the right of workers to form a union. Coming on the heels of historic victories in California and New York, the day of action had a strong and triumphant tone.
Tickets for Bend the Arc: Bay Area’s second Pursuing Justice Party sold out eight days early. This joyous evening honored Rabbi Sydney Mintz, featured powerful speakers, and celebrated the historic passage of a $15 minimum wage in California.
With just over two months remaining until Pursuing Justice 2016: Bend the Arc’s 1st National Conference, things are beginning to heat up. Hundreds have already registered and new speakers like Bishop Gene Robinson, a leading advocate on LGBTQ civil rights, are being added daily to the program. Learn more about how you can join the moral minyan for America from June 5-7 in Washington, D.C.
Bend the Arc celebrates the historic passage of bills that raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour over the next several years in two of the most populous states in the nation. The bills also each provide a form of paid sick days or family leave. We recognize the sustained efforts of low-wage workers and labor organizers in achieving these hard-fought victories and we are proud that our #JewsFor15 campaign helped build support, especially in New York. Learn about our work to pressure Long Island legislators through meetings and creative direct actions, and our coverage on NPR, Newsday, and News 12 Long Island.