Hundreds of Jewish Activists Travel to Swing States for Bend the Arc's Anti-Trump 'Let My People GOTV' Initiative

Get-Out-The-Vote Effort Part of Ongoing Campaign to Defeat Trump

Press Contact:

Elliot Levy

Press Contact


Release Date: Wednesday, November 2, 2016

NEW YORK – This week, Bend the Arc Jewish Action organized the American Jewish community’s largest voter mobilization against Donald Trump’s presidential campaign in swing states across America. As part of its "Let My People GOTV" initiative, Bend the Arc Jewish Action recruited more than 300 volunteers who have knocked on 22,000 doors in Florida, Pennsylvania, Nevada, North Carolina, and Ohio to get out the vote and defeat Trump.

The 'Let My People GOTV' project took place on Oct. 30 and 31 and included Jewish activists who traveled from California and New York to help mobilize voters of all faiths in these key swing states. As recent polling shows the campaign tightening, voters in these states will be key in deciding the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.




"Over these two days, we heard from thousands of voters who are ready to stand up against Trump's violent, racist agenda," said Stosh Cotler, CEO of Bend the Arc Jewish Action. "As Jews, we have seen this kind of hatred before, and organizing in these key states is critical to making sure that Trump's bigotry is rejected by the American people on Election Day. We are committed to standing with the targets of Trump's hateful rhetoric—immigrants, Muslims, women and people of color—by mobilizing voters to ensure his defeat."

The 'Let My People GOTV' initiative is the culmination of Bend the Arc Jewish Action's leadership in the Jewish community to combat the extremism and bigotry seen in this year's presidential race. In September, Bend the Arc Jewish Action organized an anti-Trump 'Book of Life' Day of Action in the spirit of Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year). In June, Bend the Arc Jewish Action organized a series of anti-Trump Vigils Against Violence in 50 cities. Bend the Arc Jewish Action also strongly denounced Trump's plan to start a government registry of Muslims last fall; launched a televised campaign, "Heard it Before," comparing anti-immigrant rhetoric in the presidential campaign to what Jewish immigrants faced a century ago; and called on the Trump campaign's chief Jewish supporter – the Republican Jewish Coalition – to rescind its endorsement. To date, 30,000 American Jews have signed petitions denouncing Trump and joined Bend the Arc Jewish Action's effort to defeat his campaign.

For more information about the 'Let My People GOTV' initiative and Bend the Arc Jewish Action's work to oppose Trump, visit, or contact Elliot Levy at or 202-800-7409. For additional photos of the GOTV work, click here.


Bend the Arc Jewish Action is a national organization inspired by Jewish values and the steadfast belief that Jewish Americans, regardless of religious or institutional affiliations, are compelled to create justice and opportunity for Americans.