Bay Area

Join Bend the Arc and ACLU in the San Francisco Pride Parade

While we hope to be celebrating a win on marriage equality at the San Francisco Pride Parade this year, the LGBTQ movement has always been about more than marriage. Bend the Arc will join the ACLU-Northern California to march in solidarity with the larger movements around the country to assert that #BlackLivesMatter and that we must fight to #ProtectTransLives.

The struggles for LGBTQ rights, dignity, and survival continue because no one is truly liberated until everyone is free from all oppression.

Stosh Cotler at Congregation Emanu-El

Come meet Bend the Arc’s CEO Stosh Cotler and find out why the Center for American Progress named her one of fifteen faith leaders to watch in 2015.  Stosh will be speaking at the ONE SHABBAT service at Congregation Emanu-El in San Francisco on April 24, 2015 at 6:00pm.

ONE Shabbat embraces elements from both traditional and contemporary services, kicking off with a festive pre-oneg at 5:30pm. This joyful evening includes music that's guaranteed to move you while still honoring Judaism's most meaningful traditions.

Ai-Jen Poo: The Age of Dignity: Preparing for the Elder Boom in a Changing America

KPFA Radio 94.1FM, with co-sponsors Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice, California Domestic Workers Coalition, Caring Across Generations, Hand in Hand, Mujeres Unidas y Activas, National Domestic Workers Alliance, PolicyLink, and UC Berkeley Labor Center, presents:

AI-JEN POO "THE AGE OF DIGNITY: Preparing for the Elder Boom in a Changing America "
Hosted by Mitch Jeserich & Angela Glover Blackwell
Sunday, April 26, 7:30 PM
Oakland Asian Cultural Center
388 Ninth Street #290, Oakland

Black Friday 14 Court Date

Last November, 14 Black activists known as the "Black Friday 14" shut down the West Oakland BART station in protest of the lack of accountability for the deaths of Black people at the hands of police. Despite their courage to disrupt business as usual and demand real justice in the face of these killings, the Black Friday 14 are now facing penalties out of proportion to what other non-violent protestors have faced — criminal trespass misdemeanor charges and $70,000 in restitution.  

Tikkun Leyl Shavuot

A unique community-wide celebration and full night of learning, this big-tent event brings together hundreds of people from many perspectives and affiliations. Teachers from the diverse Bay Area Jewish community lead participants in a series of one-hour study sessions, interspersed with worship and meals. Rabbi Michael Rothbaum will be teaching on behalf of Bend the Arc from 11:10PM-12:10AM.
Family programming from 6:15-7:15 p.m. will feature sessions for children ages 2-12.

Susan Lubeck On Economic Justice The Jewish Angle: Addressing the Crisis of Inequality

Join Susan as she discusses economic justice from a Jewish perspective as part of larger learning series at Temple Sinai, “Exploring the World of Judaism”.  Rising inequality has reached alarming proportions, and we can feel overwhelmed by the magnitude of the problem and the challenges of engaging effectively in our political system. What does our tradition have to teach about economic justice and public engagement? Reflect on the meaning of economic justice as informed by Jewish thought, and learn about current efforts to fight inequality, including the role of Jews in this work.

Nearly 10 Years After Hurricane Katrina: Here's One Conversation American Jews Need to Hear, Not Change

It's 2015, which means we’re almost ten years out from the cataclysm that was Hurricane Katrina. I lived in Harlem back then, stoked to finally have my own space in New York (no roommates!), even if it was a studio apartment in another family’s brownstone. I had no sunlight in my little studio, but I did have a walk-in closet.