We start this new Jewish year on Sunday in unprecedented times, but we start it together, with resolve and power to enter 5780 with all the love and holy resistance this moment demands.
From all of us at Bend the Arc, we wish you a L’shana Tova, a happy and righteous new year.
As we prepare for the holiest days of the Jewish year, we’re reflecting on what it means to ask for forgiveness while our government commits crimes against immigrants in our names. And we’re recommitting to hold our government accountable.
Next week, during the Days of Awe between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, Bend the Arc leaders are hosting actions and events across the country to demand their members of Congress atone for our government’s cruelty to immigrant families.
From the📍Bronx, NY to📍Denver, CO,📍Cleveland, OH to📍Seattle, WA, and📍Sunrise, FL to📍Philadelphia, PA, thousands of Jews are organizing to say “We remember and we demand action to end cruelty against immigrants seeking safety.”
We remember the names of the children who have died in US custody.
We remember the families kept in cages, without soap, blankets, or water.
We remember the screams of children whose parents were rounded up in raids.
If you’re not in a city with an event, we’ll have ways for you to communicate with your members of Congress next week.
Because just this week, Congress — both the House and Senate — officially denied President Trump’s requests for billions of extra dollars for detention and deportation.
🎉 This is mainly because of the work the Defund Hate Coalition, in which Bend the Arc plays a leadership role. 🎉
This victory is a communal one and it could not have been possible without the support of Bend the Arc donors, leaders, and online supporters — thank you. We hope you feel as proud as we do.
Thank you for everything you did with us this year, and we’ll see you in the new year to continue our work for justice.