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.
Today, a broad coalition of civil rights, labor, and progressive leaders launched the VRA for Today Coalition with a petition signed by more than 500,000 Americans--including thousands of Bend the Arc supporters--who strongly support restoring the Voting Rights Act and protecting all voters from discrimination. Before the announcement, advocates went to Speaker Boehner’s Longworth House Office Building office during normal business hours to deliver the names of the 500,000 petition signers but were met by a locked door.
Bend the Arc Jewish Action expressed disappointment on Monday in President Obama’s weekend decision to delay immediate executive action on immigration reform. Bend the Arc is a steadfast partner and Jewish leader in the coalition to pass comprehensive immigration reform. Jewish Action Director Hadar Susskind released the following statement:
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.