“Over these two days, we heard from thousands of voters who are ready to stand up against Trump’s violent, racist agenda,” said Stosh Cotler, CEO of Bend the Arc Jewish Action. “As Jews, we have seen this kind of hatred before, and organizing in these key states is critical to making sure that Trump’s bigotry is rejected by the American people on Election Day. We are committed to standing with the targets of Trump’s hateful rhetoric—immigrants, Muslims, women and people of color—by mobilizing voters to ensure his defeat.”
The ‘Let My People GOTV’ initiative is the culmination of Bend the Arc Jewish Action’s leadership in the Jewish community to combat the extremism and bigotry seen in this year’s presidential race. In September, Bend the Arc Jewish Action organized an anti-Trump ‘Book of Life’ Day of Action in the spirit of Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year). In June, Bend the Arc Jewish Action organized a series of anti-Trump Vigils Against Violence in 50 cities (see the report on the action here). Bend the Arc Jewish Action also strongly denounced Trump’s plan to start a government registry of Muslims last fall; launched a televised campaign, “Heard it Before,” comparing anti-immigrant rhetoric in the presidential campaign to what Jewish immigrants faced a century ago; and called on the Trump campaign’s chief Jewish supporter – the Republican Jewish Coalition – to rescind its endorsement. To date, 30,000 American Jews have signed petitions denouncing Trump and joined Bend the Arc Jewish Action’s effort to defeat his campaign.