Prohibiting discrimination against LGBT employees. Challenging the NYPD’s blanket surveillance of Mulsims. Representing the domestic priorities of the American Jewish community. It’s time to catch up on everything Bend the Arc has been up to in DC.
50 years ago today, over a thousand young people volunteering to register African-Americans to vote in Mississippi found out that the bodies of their missing colleagues had been discovered. Larry Rubin, one of the volunteers that summer and a friend of Bend the Arc, shares what it was like the day his friends were pronounced dead.
Bend the Arc Submits Comments in Support of Rule Change to Make All Same-Sex Couples Eligible for Family Medical Leave Act
Today, Bend the Arc submitted comments to the Department of Labor applauding a proposed change to the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The current regulations determine whether a couple is married based on the state in which they reside. By switching to a “place of celebration” rule instead, this proposed change will ensure all legally married same-sex couples will be able to access these critical benefits, even when living in a non-marriage equality state.
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.
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.