Following President Obama’s State of the Union address last night, a multifaith, multiracial coalition led by Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice and Auburn Seminary temporarily shut down lunch today for members of Congress and their staff, using a die-in at a U.S. House of Representatives office cafeteria to highlight the national and local demands of the #BlackLivesMatter movement.
Hadar Susskind, Director of Bend the Arc Jewish Action, issued this statement on the revelation that Congressman Steve Scalise delivered a speech in 2002 to a white supremacist organization.
Following the House of Representatives symbolic vote to undo President Obama’s executive action on immigration, Bend the Arc Jewish Action Director Hadar Susskind called on the incoming Congress to take up President Obama’s challenge to pass a real immigration reform bill
Ahead of the announcement of President Obama’s immigration accountability executive action, Stosh Cotler, CEO of Bend the Arc, praised President Obama for taking this step to shield up to five million immigrants from deportation and promised continued advocacy from the Jewish Community until Congress passes comprehensive reform.
A day after Speaker John Boehner locked his office to the public, shutting out voting rights advocates attempting to deliver a petition signed by more than 500,000 Americans, Bend the Arc Jewish Action demanded Boehner return $890.44 to taxpayers – the cost of his salary for one day.