Today, Bend the Arc and more than 35 civil rights and religious organizations wrote members of Congress in support of the Democracy Restoration Act (S. 772/ H.R. 1459). This legislation would restore voting rights in federal elections to individuals who have been released from prison. The letter notes that “the current patchwork of laws that disenfranchises people with criminal records has created an inconsistent and unfair federal electoral process, perpetuating entrenched racial discrimination.”
Today, more than 4,800 faith leaders wrote members of the House of Representatives in support of the Congressional Progressive Caucus Budget. Organized by Bend the Arc in partnership with NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby and Auburn Seminary, the letter’s signatories come from diverse religious denominations who serve communities across the country.
Today, Bend the Arc Jewish Action Director Hadar Susskind urged members of Congress to vote for The People’s Budget, introduced by Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chairs Representatives Keith Ellison and Raul Grijalva. Bend the Arc firmly believes that the budget should reflect our values and shared priorities and that this proposal embodies these principles far more than any other in Congress.
Bend the Arc and Colleagues Urge White House to Broaden Scope of Summit on Countering Violent Extremism
Today, Bend the Arc and seventeen religious and civil rights groups wrote to President Obama with concern that the upcoming White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism will be focused exclusively on violence committed by those who claim to act in the name of Islam. Such a focus not only ignores the reality that violent extremist attacks committed in the United States are overwhelmingly committed by non-Muslims--most recently including attacks on a Sikh gurdwara in WI and Jewish Community Center in KS--but also reinforces the suspicion far too many individuals have of an entire faith community.