Why did we pick our name?

Why did we pick our name?

April 12, 2022

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For 10 years, Jews and allies have marched under the banner of Bend the Arc. Donate today to power our movement forward.

This month I’m reflecting on our name. Ten years ago, two separate Jewish organizations became one and took a new name: Bend the Arc.

Bend the Arc is a call to action. Most famously said by Dr. Martin Luther King, these words were inspired by Theodore Parker, an abolitionist minister who spoke out against slavery in 1853:

“I do not pretend to understand the moral universe, the arc is a long one…I cannot calculate the curve and complete the figure by the experience of sight…[But] I am sure it bends towards justice.”

Even when winning feels hard to envision, Parker tells us it’s our conviction that makes a just future possible.

Ten years ago, Bend the Arc was founded as an act of hope and commitment to build an America we’ve yet to see. Now, we get to celebrate what we’ve achieved together and look once more beyond the horizon.

Donate today to celebrate 10 years and hundreds of thousands of Jews and allies working together to bend the arc towards justice and liberation.

We are grateful to everyone whose shoulders we stand on: so many staff, volunteer leaders, donors, program alumni, movement partners, and ancestors who came before us, and who labored to create this beautiful, ambitious, visionary movement.

Because of supporters like you, we’re rising up as a powerful movement of Jews and allies to elect leaders who share our values; mobilize communities around the country to dismantle white supremacy, antisemitism, and anti-Black racism; and win policies that invest in the well-being of all people in this country at the federal, state, and local level.

In the last month alone, we’ve championed the nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court, pressured President Biden to stop funding cruel immigration policies, published a moving resource for Passover, and endorsed the next generation of progressive champions through our PAC.

The future we are working for — one with freedom, safety, and liberation for all of us — isn’t just an abstract goal; it’s a huge, transformational, and winnable reality. It will take work and it will take power. But we have to believe it’s possible, even if we can’t yet see the end of the arc.

Donate today to celebrate our movement’s shared work and ensure that Bend the Arc can continue to fight for justice and liberation for years to come.

Towards liberation,

Jamie Beran, Interim CEO
Bend the Arc

PS: Every donation bends the arc toward justice. Donate today.

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