San Francisco – On Friday, January 26, Jewish activists led by Bend the Arc Jewish Action rallied outside the San Francisco Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) offices in solidarity with the Bay Area's immigrant community.
The rally followed a historic act of civil disobedience in Washington, DC, where more than 80 rabbis and activists organized by Bend the Arc Jewish Action were arrested while demanding that Congress pass a clean Dream Act. Amid rumors that ICE is planning a large-scale sweep targeting immigrants in California, the rally sent a clear message to those threatening the safety of San Francisco immigrant communities: “Let My People Stay!”
Nicoll Mischel, a leader of Bend the Arc: Bay Area, said: “Last week, I traveled across the country to Washington, DC to join Bend the Arc’s historic Jewish civil disobedience in support of the Dream Act. This week, I was proud to rally in the streets with our Bay Area Jewish community, because when our immigrant neighbors are under attack, we show up.”
Bend the Arc Jewish Action led other organizations including Faith in Action Bay Area, Reform CA/Religious Action Center for Reform Judaism, and Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity in the action.