* We have 3 Interest Groups up and running:
1. Flipping Districts: currently working with other people of faith getting together to work in the central valley Congressional District. Bend the Arc Bay Area is now part of the newly formed Valley/Bay Alliance (VBA), an alliance consisting primarily of members from faith-based communities in both Stanislaus County/CA District 10 and the SF Bay Area.
“A day in District 10”
Sunday, June 11, 2017 New Date
12:30am-4:30pm (Bay Area Departure/Return)
Transportation from the Bay Area will be provided.
* Panel discussion by leaders of different grass root organizations from Stanislaus County, geared at introducing Stanislaus County and its complexity to people from the SF Bay Area
* Valley-Bay relationship-building activities
* Alliance vision and goal-setting meeting
Following the initial kickoff event, Bend the Arc’s action minyan members will engage in monthly actions as initiated by the valley contingent with some opportunities for local Bay Area actions in between trips to Stanislaus County.
As the 2018 elections campaign forms, our goal is that the connections and relationships the VBA has established in CA D10 will help bring forward voters that are committed to social justice and voter engagement and who will support candidates that share these values.
The work that we will be doing in the near future will focus solely on issues of social justice and civic engagement. Nothing political. As such, the work is completely in line with a synagogue’s 501(c)3 purpose and regulations.
Bend the Arc’s action minyans and our involvement in the VBA are for activists who are interested in getting involved with the work in CA D10 through a Jewish and faith-based context, with the goal of building long term and meaningful relationships and connecting with people in Stanislaus County as well as with other communities of faith from the Bay Area.
We really hope that you will join us! More details and RSVP to come.
2. Climate/Environment: currently working on internal efforts for Chochmat to be more “green”; also looking into doing an event for Earth Day and Lag B’Omer, and partnerships such as Urban Adamah, and the Food and Water Safety Org.; planning contengent for Climate March on 4/29. (see below). We are also working on changing to LED in homes, and solar use plans.
3. Solidarity: initial focus on immigrants and refugees; support and engage with communities directly impacted by the administration’s policies. Our solidarity team will focus on rapid response and actions, long-term relationship building with our neighbors, and trainings to develop our skills to be effective allies. The next meeting will take place on Tuesday, April 25th from 6:30-8:30pm at Congregation Netivot Shalom. Sign up here.
REFUGEES UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS SANCTUARY IMMIGRATION IN 2017
A panel discussion on Challenges and how you can help
Speakers include …
A practicing immigration attorney Rev. Deborah Lee and Miriam Noriega of Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity on the work with undocumented immigrants from Central America
A resettlement expert from Jewish Family & Community Services East Bay
Volunteers whose lives have been enriched by housing vulnerable immigrants
Temple Sinai and Kehilla Community Synagogue members on how they have organized and found ways to help
GET INVOLVED, BE INSPIRED, ALL ARE WELCOME
TEMPLE SINAI 2808 SUMMIT ST OAKLAND, CA MAY 2, 2017 7PM
Co-sponsored by Social Action and Women of Temple Sinai