Bend the Arc Opens D.C. Office

The Jewish Daily Forward
July 19, 2012
JTA

The Jewish social justice organization Bend the Arc announced the opening of a Washington office, as well as the creation of a political action committee and a non-profit arm.

The group said Wednesday that it plans to use the new entities to promote a more rounded, progressive agenda and focus on domestic topics instead of America-Israel relations.

“If you would ask any elected official or a lot of journalists, what Jews care about more than anything they will say, ‘They are a single-issue constituency and all they care about is Israel.’ And I just believe that that’s not true,” said Alan van Capelle, the organization’s chief executive officer, reported the Huffington Post. “I want to invert the narrative that Jews in this country only care about one issue.”

The group emerged this spring from the merger of Jewish Funds for Justice and the Progressive Jewish Alliance. The group’s first big political push is a mobilization against those who support a tax cut extension for the wealthiest two percent of Americans, which expires in December, according to the Times of Israel.

The group plans to launch a petition along with a pledge signed by American Jews earning more than $250,000 to allow taxes to revert to pre-George W. Bush levels.

“We want the line drawn at $250,000 a year,” said Hadar Susskind, a veteran government affairs professional, the Times of Israel reported. “Tax cuts should remain in place for anyone making less than that annually. Above that – the top 2 percent of Americans – they need to be willing to pay their fair share.”