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BOSTON, Oct. 30, 2017–Today, the Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action announced a new affiliation Bend the Arc. Both groups will remain fully independent while working together to advance social and economic justice in the United States, inspired by Jewish values and tradition.
Cindy Rowe, Director of The Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action (JALSA), said, “JALSA members, while rooted in the Boston-area and Massachusetts Jewish communities, have an important role to play in tackling the wider challenges facing our nation. That’s why we recently expanded our efforts in Western Massachusetts, and why we are so excited to further increase our reach by affiliating with Bend the Arc. Bend the Arc brings an impressive national perspective to the Jewish social justice movement. While remaining fully independent, we can work with them to pursue JALSA’s core mission on a bigger scale, and to amplify the voices of JALSA’s members.”
Susan Lubeck, National Field Director of Bend the Arc, said, “With Jewish and American values of democracy and pluralism under attack, partnerships within our diverse community and across the progressive movement have never been more important. JALSA brings a proud history and engaged membership to today’s crucial fights. We are excited to work with them in pursuit of our shared goals in Massachusetts, and also nationwide, resisting racist, anti-democratic, and misogynist policies and rhetoric, and simultaneously working together to move a progressive agenda forward.”
Both organizations have a long history of working for immigrant justice and will join forces going forward. JALSA is currently working with a broad-based coalition to pass the Massachusetts Safe Communities Act – legislation similar to recent wins in California (the California Values Act) and New York that prevent local and state law enforcement being used to enforce the federal government’s punitive and discriminatory policies targeting immigrants. Both organizations are also involved in engaging progressive Jews to help pass a clean Dream Act.
JALSA joins other independent Jewish social justice organizations — Carolina Jews for Justice (North Carolina), Jewish Community Action (Minnesota), Jewish Social Policy Action Network (Philadelphia), and Jews United for Justice (DC Metro Area and Baltimore) — formally affiliated with Bend the Arc. These locally rooted organizations are organizing Jews alongside progressive partners to achieve concrete wins in such areas as criminal justice reform, living wages, voting rights, paid leave, Muslim civil rights, immigrant justice, and LGBTQ equality – working for racial and economic justice and building partnerships and developing leaders for a strong and pluralistic America.
Inspired by the Jewish imperative to pursue justice, JALSA (http://www.jalsa.org/) is devoted to engaging the community in promoting civil rights, protecting civil liberties, and achieving social, economic, and environmental justice.
Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice is a national organization inspired by Jewish values and the steadfast belief that Jewish Americans, regardless of religious or institutional affiliations, are compelled to create justice and opportunity for Americans.