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Bend the Arc’s regional offices have been incredibly busy training community leaders to become effective advocates for change in their communities.
Bend the Arc’s CEO, Stosh Cotler, has been on the road (and some planes and trains, too) speaking about her vision for Bend the Arc and for progressive change in America.
In response to last year’s Supreme Court ruling in Shelby County v. Holder, which gutted the enforcement mechanisms in the landmark Voting Rights Act, Bend the Arc is mobilizing support for the bipartisan Voting Rights Amendment Act. Jews are committed to ensuring all Americans have the right and ability to cast their vote and shape our democracy.
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.
KQED interviews Rabbi Melanie Aron about the launch of Bend the Arc's voting rights campaign.