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Recruitment has begun for the fourteenth cohort of Bend the Arc’s flagship Selah Leadership Program. The program will serve Jews of Color who are leading within social justice movements and who value a supportive Jewish space to grow their leadership, build community, re-energize and make change.
Bay Area leaders swayed two California Assembly Members to vote YES on a key progressive law.
Bend the Arc and its partners rallied over 3,000 clergy and faith leaders nationwide to prevent sweeping anti-LGBT legislation in Congress. A reaction against the Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of same-sex marriage, the First Amendment Defense Act would have allowed for a wide variety of discriminatory tactics against same-sex couples, single parents and unmarried couples, in the name of religious liberty.
Today, more than 3,000 clergy members and faith leaders wrote to members of Congress in opposition to the First Amendment Defense Act. The letter, organized by Bend the Arc in partnership with Auburn Seminary, notes that this legislation “does not respect the spirit of religious liberty—nor does it reflect fundamental values of treating all people with fairness and equality.”
Alumni from the first four cohorts of our Community Organizing Residency gathered in Los Angeles to continue building the multi-faith movement for justice. One attendee came away with “a sense of belonging to a justice-centered, fierce, dedicated, savvy, compassionate, multi-faith, multi-racial community.”