Today, Bend the Arc and more than 160 national organizations wrote members of Congress urging the passage of a full-year funding bill that meets urgent needs and funds vital social services, before the current temporary appropriations bill expires on December 11. The letter was organized by the Coalition on Human Needs.
Today, Bend the Arc joined more than 100 civil rights, civil liberties and faith community organizations urging President Obama to revise and strengthen the Department of Justice’s 2003 Guidance Regarding the Use of Race by Federal Law Enforcement Agencies. The letter, organized by the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, notes that such revisions should “clarify ambiguities, close loopholes, and eliminate provisions that allow for any form of discriminatory profiling.”
We were honored to meet with the FBI Director and senior staff to discuss issues like racial and religious profiling, increasing diversity in the Bureau, and improving hate crime reporting, among others.
Bend the Arc and Colleagues Submit Comments on Obama Administration Proposal to Mitigate Hobby Lobby Decision
Today, Bend the Arc joined more than 40 national civil rights, reproductive health, and faith-based organizations in submitting comments on the Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor and the Treasury’s proposed rule for Coverage of Certain Preventive Services Under the Affordable Care Act. The proposed rule responds to the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision and would expand the existing accommodation for faith-based non-profit organizations who object to providing contraceptive coverage to their employees, to include certain closely held for-profit companies. The coalition comments applaud the Administration’s continuing commitment to ensuring that women receive contraception insurance coverage without cost-sharing and urge the Administration to adopt a more narrow definition of “closely held.”
Today, Bend the Arc submitted a letter for the record of a Senate hearing on the New Columbia Admission Act of 2013 (S. 132), which would afford the more than 600,000 residents of the District of Columbia the voting representation, autonomy and rights already bestowed upon the rest of our nation’s citizens.