A coalition of 98 religious, civil rights, education and religious liberty organizations today urged President Obama to reject calls to include a religious exemption in his recently-announced executive order to prohibit government contractors from discriminating based on sexual orientation and gender identity in hiring. The letter to the President noted that including this kind of exemption would allow for taxpayer-funded discrimination.
Bend the Arc today submitted comments to the Department of Labor in support of the proposed rule that will implement President Obama’s executive order to raise the minimum wage for contractors to $10.10 per hour.
Today, Bend the Arc joined nearly two dozen religious, civil rights and religious liberty organizations in filing a brief in the case challenging Ohio’s ban on same-sex marriage. The case, Henry v. Himes, is before the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and the brief was authored by the Anti-Defamation League.
Today, Bend the Arc joined an amicus brief filed by religious and religious liberty organizations in Hassan v. City of New York, a case challenging the New York Police Department’s blanket surveillance of Muslim houses of worship, community centers, student groups and Muslim-owned businesses both in New York City and throughout the northeast.
On June 24, Bend the Arc organized a nationwide day of action to commemorate the murders of Goodman, Chaney, and Schwerner and to increase pressure on congress to restore voting rights for all Americans. Our community raised our voices and got the attention of national press with our powerful message. We even caught the attention of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, which has added yartzeit candles from the day of action to its Political History collection.