My vote for president is pretty insignificant. I am one progressive vote in a securely blue state. My vote isn’t going to make California bluer than it already is. There is no battleground here; we are as blue as our beautiful blue skies. So when I say my vote lacks significance, it’s because when I cast my ballot in national elections, it’s just one more blue yelp into the echo chamber that is California. Being disillusioned with national politics and convinced my ballot was not a substantial contribution, I set out this election cycle to explore how I could have more impact.
In my pursuit, I applied to and was selected to participate in the Jeremiah Fellowship, a social justice leadership program of Bend the Arc: a Jewish Partnership for Justice. Bend the Arc is a politically progressive Jewish non-profit organization with an affiliated 501(c)(4) Bend the Arc Jewish Action and a connected PAC.
Bend the Arc is unique as a national Jewish organization in that it is focused exclusively on domestic issues and has no official position on Israel, not because it’s not important, but because there is certainly not a lack of Jewish organizations that do that work, and we are not a single-issue people. In working with Bend the Arc this past year, I am amazed by how much we can accomplish when our efforts and energies are directed at driving progressive issues such as criminal justice reform, voting rights, freedom of religion, and raising the minimum wage, among others.