A Party to Pursue Justice

October Newsletter
October 27, 2014
Bend the Arc

A Party to Pursue Justice

On October 22, the Bay Area enjoyed an inspiring party with a purpose, bringing together a crowd of 200 people for inspiration, drinks, agitation, and plenty of shmoozing. 

CEO Stosh Cotler spoke and invited attendees to face up to the challenging times we are in while not giving up, or giving in to despair. She reminded the crowd of our history as American Jews, charging them to use the power and access available to them to continue our legacy of fighting for justice and democracy, fighting against oppression and exploitation, fighting for the common good.

Around the room were pictures and mementos of our work over the years, highlighting the people who make change happen, including our incredible array of partners. The event celebrated recent victories for domestic workers, tax fairness and marriage equality. 

The event also highlighted a major new piece of work in criminal justice reform. If passed, Proposition 47, on the California November 4 ballot, would begin to address the over-incarceration problem in California, and allow investment of savings in drug treatment and mental health services, education, and victim services. 

State Senator Mark Leno spoke forcefully about the importance of passing Prop 47 as a key piece of fighting for budget sanity and racial equity, and Rabbi Michael Rothbaum, incoming co-chair of the Bend the Arc Bay Area Regional Council, asked us to do our part to turn out new and unlikely voters. 

Poet and writer Ariel Luckey shared a powerful performance of excerpts from his play, Amnesia, that captured the purpose of the evening, including these words:

the only way this broken system can continue to exist
is if we continue to convince ourselves
that we are not connected
that our faith, our humanity does not depend on justice
on healing
this is what we are here to do

Find out more about how you can get involved in the work of Bend the Arc in the Bay Area. See more photos from the Pursuing Justice Party.