Today, more than 3,000 clergy members and faith leaders wrote to members of Congress in opposition to the First Amendment Defense Act. The letter, organized by Bend the Arc in partnership with Auburn Seminary, notes that this legislation “does not respect the spirit of religious liberty—nor does it reflect fundamental values of treating all people with fairness and equality.”
Upon the introduction today of the Voting Rights Advancement Act (VRAA) in both the House and the Senate, Bend the Arc wrote members of Congress in support of this crucial legislation.
Today, Bend the Arc joined 188 immigrants' rights, faith-based, civil rights, human rights, survivors’ rights, and criminal justice reform organizations in urging President Obama to end the practice of family detention.
Today, Bend the Arc wrote members of Congress in support of the Raise the Wage Act, new legislation that would raise the federal minimum wage to $12/hour by 2020, gradually phase out the subminimum wage for tipped workers and index the minimum wage to median wages going forward.
Bend the Arc and Colleagues Oppose House Efforts to Strike Birthright Citizenship from the Constitution
Today, Bend the Arc and more than a dozen Jewish organizations wrote to House Judiciary Committee leaders in opposition to efforts to amend or circumvent the birthright citizenship provisions of the U.S. Constitution. Organized by the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, the letter notes that the birthright citizenship provision of our Constitution “is a unique expression of the American Dream and a critical protection of our national values of equality, opportunity and justice.”