Today, Bend the Arc CEO Stosh Cotler submitted testimony for the record of a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing entitled “Keeping Families Together: The President’s Executive Action On Immigration And The Need To Pass Comprehensive Reform.” In her testimony, Cotler thanked the Committee, and the Senate more broadly, for passing comprehensive immigration reform legislation.
Bend the Arc Submits Testimony for Senate Hearing on the State of Civil and Human Rights in the U.S.
Today, Bend the Arc CEO Stosh Cotler submitted testimony to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights, for the record of a hearing on “The State of Civil and Human Rights in the United States.” In her statement, Cotler highlighted the range of civil and human rights issues of concern to Bend the Arc and the American Jewish community more broadly, including voting rights, criminal justice reform and equality for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.
Today, Bend the Arc CEO Stosh Cotler submitted testimony for the record of a House Judiciary Committee hearing entitled “President Obama’s Executive Overreach on Immigration.” Organized by House Republican leaders unhappy with President Obama’s immigration accountability executive action, which will prevent millions of immigrant families from being torn apart, the hearing explored the President’s legal authority to take such an action.
Today, Bend the Arc joined several national organizations in writing to Minnesota GOP Party Chair Keith Downy regarding bigoted statements about Muslims made by a leader of the Minnesota Republican Party, Big Stone County chairman Jack Whitley. The letter, organized by Muslim Advocates, called for Mr. Whitley’s removal from his position after he issued a “call to arms” against Muslims, calling them “terrorists” and “parasites.” The letter urged this action “to send a strong message that the Republican Party of Minnesota rejects this type of vicious hate and bigotry.”
More than 1,100 faith leaders serving more than two dozen religious denominations in all 50 states and the District of Columbia signed Bend the Arc’s letter to Congress calling for immediate Passage of the Voting Rights Amendment Act. The message was amplified by a full-page ad and an op-ed in Roll Call.