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NPR covered Bend the Arc's press conference at the U.S. Capitol during our Voting Rights Day of Action.
Bend the Arc is calling out Utah Congressman Rob Bishop for what it calls his hypocritical actions regarding the Voting Rights Act. “I would like to ask Rep. Bishop," said Stosh Cotler, CEO of Bend the Arc, "What happened in the last eight years that convinced you that we no longer need to protect the right to vote?”
On May Day, Hadar Susskind, Director of Bend the Arc Jewish Action, was arrested alongside undocumented immigrants protesting the Administration’s excessive deportation policy. “If I learned one thing in jail,” wrote Hadar, “It’s that the greatest acts of courage come from the people who have the most to lose.”
Advocates are championing the Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014, which has faced GOP resistance. Editorial writer Darryl E. Owens discusses the cause in an email interview with Stosh Cotler, CEO of Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice, part of the coalition
In 2006, Lehigh Valley Congressman Charlie Dent backed legislation that updated the federal Voting Rights Act. But he hasn't committed to a reauthorization bill introduced by Republican Wisconsin Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner in response to last year's Supreme Court ruling striking down federal oversight that the 40-year-old law imposed on states with a history of voting discrimination.