"Bend the Arc : Jewish Action"

"The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice."

— Martin Luther King, Jr., inspired by Theodore Parker

Bend the Arc Jewish Action, Inc. is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization.

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About BEND THE ARC jewish action

Inspired by Jewish values and a steadfast belief that American Jews, regardless of religious or institutional affiliations, are compelled to create justice and opportunity for all Americans, Bend the Arc — the nation’s leading progressive Jewish voice solely dedicated to mobilizing Jewish Americans to advocate for the nation’s most vulnerable — has launched Bend the Arc Jewish Action and Bend the Arc Jewish Action PAC.

BEND THE ARC jewish action

American Jews make up one of the most affluent and politically powerful communities in the country. At Bend the Arc Jewish Action we seek to leverage the Jewish community’s political clout, access and financial resources on many domestic issues.

Bend the Arc Jewish Action is cultivating a new approach to faith-based activism—bringing a specifically Jewish voice into the political fold like never before. Not afraid to take sides or organize bold actions, Bend the Arc Jewish Action is cultivating the Jewish community’s progressive voice to hold our politician’s feet to the fire in order to represent the most vulnerable and create justice and opportunity for all. Join us.

BEND THE ARC jewish action: Tell the White House: Stop Tearing Families Apart




We are a nation of immigrants. This statement is a source of our national pride. And yet, what is easily forgotten is that we are a nation of immigrants who have immigrated in a variety of ways — sometimes with and, yes, sometimes without proper documentation.

The American Jewish community is no exception. Many of our ancestors stood in the famous lines at Ellis Island. But many also walked across the border from Canada or Mexico. Many were smuggled to our shores in boats. Between 1921 and 1965 alone, tens of thousands of Jews are estimated to have entered the U.S. without documentation.1 Those who argue that today’s immigrants are somehow “different” are often ignoring their own history.

We are not only a nation of immigrants — we are a nation of values. The American Jewish community not only owes its existence to our ancestors who risked everything to come to this country, but thousands of years of living as outsiders throughout the world, and the sacred teachings of our tradition, have taught us the core values of compassion, families, and welcoming the stranger.

As the Director of Bend the Arc Jewish Action, I urge you curb the nearly 1,800 deportations that occur each day. Bend the Arc continues to work closely with our allies to pass legislation to fix our nation’s broken, unjust and immoral immigration system. Yet, until we are successful, it is crucial that your Administration takes the steps that are within your power to see that thousands of immigrants, who have committed no offense other than seeking to build better lives for their families without the proper documentation, are not needlessly deported.

It is time to stop tearing families apart.


Hadar Susskind, Director of Bend the Arc Jewish Action
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1. Garland, Libby (2014). After They Closed the Gates: Jewish Illegal Immigration to the United States, 1921-1965.

Breaking: Director of Bend the Arc Jewish Action, Hadar Susskind, has been arrested outside the White House for calling on the Administration to stop inhumane deportations.

The White House says that it will only deport those with criminal records — but it is deporting more mothers, siblings, and members of our society than any other administration in history.

Stand in solidarity with the immigrants, allies, and faith leaders arrested today and sign our open letter asking President Obama to take executive action and curb his Administration's extreme deportation policy today.

[Photo: Hadar Susskind, Director of Bend the Arc Jewish Action, is arrested protesting alongside immigrant families at the White House. Photos: Ron Sachs]

Petition: Tell [The Kike] Cantor: grant access to America for 11 million: Sign Petition

For nearly five decades the right to vote has been bipartisan. What changed?

Unless Congress acts soon, this November we'll face the first election in nearly 50 years in which all Americans will not be guaranteed the right to cast a ballot free from discrimination based on the color of their skin, their age, their gender, or their language.

[Photo: President Reagan signs a reauthorization of the Voting Rights Act in 1982]

Update 08/06/2014: More than 3,500 people have already taken action with Bend the Arc to tell Congress to pass the Voting Rights Amendment Act (VRAA). Today we’re increasing our impact by combining forces with other member organizations of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights on a joint petition demanding that Congress pass the Voting Rights Amendment Act when it reconvenes in September.

Congress’ refusal to advance the Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014 (VRAA) marks a severe and unprecedented divergence from the past nearly five decades, when voting rights enjoyed strong support across the political spectrum.

Since its enactment in 1965, Congress reauthorized the Voting Rights Act with overwhelming bipartisan support four times, most recently in 2006. These reauthorization bills were signed into law by Presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush—all Republicans.

This issue has never been a partisan one, until now. Republicans in Congress are holding up the VRAA — even Members who themselves voted to reauthorize the VRA in 2006 have yet to support this bill.

When you add your name, you’re joining with fellow activists from dozens of organizations across the country and showing the support of the American Jewish community to demand that Congressional Leadership get on the right side of history.

Sign the Petition: Tell Congress the Time Is Now to Protect Voters. Restore the VRA Today.

Over a year ago, the U.S. Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act. Now states and localities around the country are making changes that will discriminate against voters based solely on the color of their skin or the language they speak. And voters will feel the impact of these changes this November.

Congress must protect all voters by passing the bipartisan Voting Rights Amendment Act (VRAA) to restore the VRA and provide modern, nationwide protections against discrimination at the ballot box.

Since the VRAA (HR 3899/S 1945) was introduced this January, the Senate has held one hearing on the bill, and the House has failed to act. Inaction is not an option. Every day Congress fails to live up to its constitutional obligation to protect the right to vote, it gives a free pass to voting discrimination.


Last year’s Supreme Court ruling in Shelby County v. Holder gutted the enforcement mechanisms in the landmark Voting Rights Act, halting the federal government’s ability to monitor and preempt discriminatory voting practices.


“Throwing out preclearance [the Section Four formula] when it has worked and is continuing to work to stop discriminatory changes is like throwing away your umbrella in a rainstorm because you are not getting wet.”

Already, we have seen a flurry of state- and local-level efforts that will make it harder for communities of color, women, first-time voters, the elderly, and the poor to cast their vote.

This is precisely why people worked so hard to pass the Voting Rights Act in the first place.
Fifty years ago, young civil rights activists traveled to Mississippi to fight for voting rights in Freedom Summer ‘64. Three of them lost their lives in the fight.

Their murders shocked the nation and galvanized support for the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Today, thousands of Jews across the nation are joining the national, multi-racial, and interfaith fight to pass the Voting Rights Amendment Act in Congress.

Join in and help build a groundswell of support.


After you’ve signed the petition, join Bend the Arc and sign up to be a leader in the campaign to protect the right to vote. We’ll provide trainings and materials for a number of meaningful on the ground actions you can take part in. Help strengthen the movement.


As a member of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Bend the Arc is working with an impressive coalition of civil rights groups, many of which were leading the fight fifty years ago. Bend the Arc is also partnered with The Andrew Goodman Foundation to reanimate the values that led thousands of Americans to work across lines of race and faith in the Civil Rights Movement.

So All Can Vote: The New Jewish Partnership for Voting Rights is a project of Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice.

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