There are 34 Jewish Political Action Committees (PACs) in the US. 32 work on Israel Policy from AIPAC and pro-Israel perspective, the 33rd is J Street – advocating for Israel and a Palestinian state, and the 34th is Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice’s new PAC – and we’re working on domestic social justice campaigns. We’re talking about a very small section of the U.S. population, 1-2%, but a huge political voice, mostly focused on Israel.
That’s why Bend the Arc is working to harness that political power and use it to win progressive issues domestically. We are working on big national priorities like immigration reform, voting rights, LGBT rights, and education equity. But, in Los Angeles, we work on these national fights with a local voice.
We will focus on voting rights by potentially sending folks in the LA Jewish community to places like Texas to help folks get ID to vote according to new restrictive laws.
We will focus on education equity by joining efforts to support corporate tax loopholes in California and generate more revenue for schools. We have fought for California Domestic Workers by being the voice of the employer and showing that it’s a vital issue.
That’s why our Annual Festival of Rights Hanukkah Party in Los Angeles, we highlight folks in LA working to push these issues of the day forward. This year we are recognizing: Sandra Fluke, Senator Alex Padilla (CA-20), Joy Picus, 3rd LA City Councilwoman in the city; Torie Osborn, incredible California and National leader on social change; Ryan Smith, Director of Education Policy at United Way; and Rabbi Sarah Bassin and Umar Hakim who are New Ground fellows graduates where young Jews and Muslims connect in LA. And more to be announced soon!
We hope you can join us for the Festival of Rights on Tuesday, December 3rd from 6-9pm. RSVP here.
Regional Organizer, Bend the Arc Southern California