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Today, more than 80 organizations, including Bend the Arc, wrote the leadership of eBay urging the company to end its affiliation with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). Several corporations—including Microsoft, Google and Facebook—have already done so over concerns over the harmful role ALEC has played in our democratic process.
As part of Americans for Tax Fairness, a coalition of 425 national and state organizations, Bend the Arc today urged Senate leaders to pass legislation that would stop U.S. corporations from shifting their address offshore in order to avoid paying their fair share of taxes. An increasing number of companies have made such moves, typically to tax havens, costing the U.S. an estimated $20 billion over the next ten years.
Bend the Arc's CEO Stosh Cotler writes about the events in Ferguson, Missouri, and about repentance: "As Jews, entering this month of repentance and reflection, we must ask ourselves: What am I doing to heal the wounds of racism our country still bears? What am I doing to create the world we want? All of us must ask of ourselves what we can do, specifically, intentionally and immediately, to break the cycle that led us to Ferguson in the first place."
As part of their work to become more sustainable, effective agents for change, the 13th cohort of the Selah Leadership Program recently concluded their final training. The Selah experience, writes one participant, “provided space and time to focus on how to live, act, and lead based on the things that give my life meaning.”
With the failure of Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform, Bend the Arc has joined our allies and partners in calling on President Obama to “go big” on administrative relief for families and unaccompanied children from the incessant threat of deportation.