“In the past year, Bend the Arc’s grass-roots volunteer efforts in L.A. have helped to pass several local and statewide measures, including stopping long-term solitary confinement for young people, a commitment to ending homelessness and increasing housing access in the city of Los Angeles, and enacting sentencing reform.” - Slingshot 2017: Los Angeles
Bend the Arc: SoCal is proud to be selected in the 2017 Slingshot Guide, and thrilled to be part of the amazing community of the hundreds of innovative Jewish organizations included in the Guide over the past eleven years who continue to create positive change in the Jewish community.
Bend the Arc's full listing in the 2017 Los Angeles Slingshot Guide:
"Believing that the Jewish community has a vital role to play in social justice reform in America, Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice rallies Jews of all ages and backgrounds to speak out on the pressing issues of our time, advocates for a more just and equal society, and works to help elect leaders in service of a more just nation. Bend the Arc gives socially minded Jews multiple entry points for action on issues they care about and since the 2016 election has served as a central place in the Jewish community for those who have been awakened by recent political events and are seeking opportunities to make a difference.
Through online campaigns and an on-the-ground network of local chapters and affiliates, Bend the Arc helps people take action in their own communities, both globally and locally. In the past year, Bend the Arc’s grass-roots volunteer efforts in L.A. have helped to pass several local and statewide measures, including stopping long-term solitary confinement for young people, a commitment to ending homelessness and increasing housing access in the city of Los Angeles, and enacting sentencing reform. The Southern California region’s criminal justice reform campaign team worked on the implementation of Proposition 47, an effort that increased guaranteed funding for prevention programs (drawn from savings from reduced incarceration), and advocated for L.A.’s Fair Chance Initiative, which allows formerly incarcerated people an even playing field when applying for jobs.
The Southern California region’s advocacy team worked with members of Bend the Arc in the Bay Area to produce a progressive Jewish voter guide, which analyzed statewide ballot initiatives through a Jewish lens and took positions on them, and engaged in get-out-the vote work with local partners. Bend the Arc continually inspires Jews of all kinds to reconnect with their heritage and uphold the Jewish legacy of speaking out against unfairness in the world while holding America to its promise of justice and opportunity for all."