A note from our CEO
This period in our politics is so momentous that people are collectively grasping for the terms to describe what’s happening. Tyranny of the minority. Failure of the Republic. Civil war.
The truth is that all of these descriptions have some validity, and our moral outrage at this very moment can’t be understated. I’m reminded again of what my friend and civil rights activist Valarie Kaur has said, “What if this darkness is not the darkness of the tomb, but the darkness of the womb? What if our America is not dead but a country that is waiting to be born?”
However you’re describing this moment, and however you’re feeling right now, I want to say: I’m with you and you are part of a community with Bend the Arc that is never going to stop showing up with everyone threatened in this moment. Together, we will never stop working alongside our partners to transform our society with love and justice; to build the country wanting to be born.
It’s why Bend the Arc is mobilizing the largest grassroots Jewish campaign to flip the House and interrupt Trump in the midterm election. Not just to save the future of our democracy, not just to be a check on authoritarianism, but to bring into being a new era of representation in Congress that reflects all of us. One hundred and forty-eight years after people of color won the right to vote, and ninety-eight years after women won the right to vote, it’s past time we have a Congress that believes women, respects black lives, and recognizes the critical role immigrants have always played in our nation. It’s time we elect a Congress that IS us.
This is not the work of a single election, but we can make this election a turning point.
Already, hundreds of you have stepped forward to give your time, energy, and resources to this effort — thank you. If you haven’t taken action yet, there are so many ways to join us — read on below and sign up. The stakes couldn’t be more clear. Let’s get to work, and let’s win.