Southern California

Criminal Justice Reform

End police brutality

The issues of mass incarceration, sentencing disparities, and police violence have drastic impacts on our communities — and are both the result of, and perpetuate, the racial injustice that is the long legacy of white supremacy in this country.

Criminal justice reform speaks to our imperative as Jews to stand up against oppression and work to achieve a more peaceful and just society. The Jewish community can and must take action.

Bend the Arc's Voter Guide to the 2016 California Propositions

The Bay Area and Southern California leaders of Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice are proud to provide this guide to the seventeen propositions appearing on California’s November ballot. Unlike many other guides, ours presents our underlying reasoning so that voters can, in the time-honored Jewish way, engage in healthy argument and arrive at their own conclusions. Unlike any other widely-available guide that we are aware of, ours provides a Jewish values connection to the issue.

Unleashing the Chutzpah of Young Jewish Leaders

Young organizers have been integral to some of the most sweeping progressive movements in our nation’s history. From the work of young activists like Clara Lemlich in fighting sweatshop labor practices at the turn of the last century, to hundreds of young leaders like Mickey Schwerner, Andrew Goodman, and James Chaney during Freedom Summer 1964, young organizers have often had a profound influence on movements for justice, equality, and dignity.

Prop 47: Yes We Canvass

Proposition 47 passed on November 4th, striking a blow to unjust sentencing laws and detrimental budgetary priorities in California. Bend the Arc is proud to have played an important role in the diverse coalition that worked together to win this huge victory in the fight to end mass incarceration.