Our volunteer-created 2016 California Voter Guide provided tens of thousands of Jewish voters with recommendations on all 17 propositions that were on the ballot. To win on our priority issues, leaders canvassed across the state, held house parties and lectures, and conducted phone banks. In total, we won on all but two of the propositions — a huge victory for progressive policies on taxation, criminal justice reform, and more.
Every election, a savvy group of Bend the Arc leaders come together to research the finer points of California’s statewide ballot propositions and produce a progressive voter guide inspired by Jewish values. Before the guide’s release next month, we asked the co-chairs who lead the process, Karen Ben-Moshe and Doug Mirell, to pull back the curtain on how the voter guide gets created.
Bend the Arc leaders in California have been working tirelessly as part of a growing movement to reform the state’s broken criminal justice system. Following breakthroughs in recent elections, we are celebrating the unanimous passage in the State Assembly of a bill to reform the use of room confinement for incarcerated youth. The bill now sits on Governor Brown’s desk and Bend the Arc is working to ensure he signs it.
On Thursday, April 14, Jews of all ages joined protests, rallies, and strikes in seven cities to demand a $15 federal minimum wage and the right of workers to form a union. Coming on the heels of historic victories in California and New York, the day of action had a strong and triumphant tone.
Tickets for Bend the Arc: Bay Area’s second Pursuing Justice Party sold out eight days early. This joyous evening honored Rabbi Sydney Mintz, featured powerful speakers, and celebrated the historic passage of a $15 minimum wage in California.