On 49th Anniversary of Voting Rights Act Signing, Bend the Arc Organizes Jewish Voters in Fight to Protect Voting Rights
To honor the 49th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s signing of the Voting Rights Act, activists launched a nationwide petition on Wednesday calling on members of the record-breakingly unproductive 113th Congress to pass the Voting Rights Amendment Act (VRAA) when they return to work in September. As part of the national coalition pushing for the VRAA, Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice today will begin gathering signatures from Jewish voters on a petition calling on lawmakers to reestablish basic voting rights before the November elections by passing the VRAA.
America’s leading Jewish social justice organization celebrated President Obama’s executive order today protecting LGBT employees of companies that do business with the federal government from discrimination at their workplace and prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity in federal employment.
Bend the Arc decried Wednesday’s failed Senate vote on the Protect Women’s Health from Corporate Interference Act. The bill, which would ensure that employers cannot interfere in their employees’ decisions about contraception and other health services, had the support of 56 senators—a clear majority—but was prevented from receiving a final vote by a minority of Republican Senators.
Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice has launched a petition calling on Rep. Cantor to bring immigration reform to a vote. The effort, spearheaded by Bend the Arc, is a collaboration of many of the nation’s leading Jewish organizations.