News & Updates

Clergy Take a Stand for Voting Rights

November Newsletter | November 25, 2014

More than 1,100 faith leaders serving more than two dozen religious denominations in all 50 states and the District of Columbia signed Bend the Arc’s letter to Congress calling for immediate Passage of the Voting Rights Amendment Act. The message was amplified by a full-page ad and an op-ed in Roll Call. 

Bend the Arc and Colleagues Call on Congress to Pass Full-Year Budget

November 12, 2014

Today, Bend the Arc and more than 160 national organizations wrote members of Congress urging the passage of a full-year funding bill that meets urgent needs and funds vital social services, before the current temporary appropriations bill expires on December 11. The letter was organized by the Coalition on Human Needs.

Bend the Arc and Colleagues Urge President Obama to End Racial Profiling

October 31, 2014

Today, Bend the Arc joined more than 100 civil rights, civil liberties and faith community organizations urging President Obama to revise and strengthen the Department of Justice’s 2003 Guidance Regarding the Use of Race by Federal Law Enforcement Agencies. The letter, organized by the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, notes that such revisions should “clarify ambiguities, close loopholes, and eliminate provisions that allow for any form of discriminatory profiling.”

How Not to Court the Jewish Vote

Huffington Post | October 29, 2014

CEO Stosh Cotler writes in the Huffington Post that, too often, politicians operate on mistaken assumptions when they court Jewish voters by focusing solely on Israel instead of domestic public policy. "This is the area where many Jewish activists operate, " Stosh writes, "recognizing that our current political reality falls short of our values, and striving to create the world befitting of our ideals."

FBI Invites Bend the Arc to Meet with Director Comey

October Newsletter | October 27, 2014

We were honored to meet with the FBI Director and senior staff to discuss issues like racial and religious profiling, increasing diversity in the Bureau, and improving hate crime reporting, among others.