The system of money bail in California is profoundly and profanely unjust, especially for poor people and communities of color. Our Jewish tradition calls on us to challenge injustice wherever it exists. That’s why we need your help to pass SB 10, a new bill to reform money bail in California. But first, here’s what you need to know about money bail.
Bend the Arc: Bay Area 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.
The decision for Bend the Arc leaders in California was unanimous: Money bail reform is the criminal justice issue we are bringing our collective energy and organizing to now.
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.