About Us

About Us

We are the Champaign-Urbana chapter of Bend the Arc Jewish Action, a movement of progressive Jews across America who are building a country that lives up to our values of justice and equality for all. You don't have to be Jewish to join us. You just have to share the values that say Never Again.

In this moment of political crisis, we’re calling on progressive Jews and other progressives in East Central Illinois to join our chapter for acts of public protest and organizing as part of a national network of Jewish Resistance.

We are a volunteer-run group, organizing in our homes and in our streets to achieve our progressive vision of an Illinois and a nation that is inclusive, equitable, and supportive of the dignity of every person across race, class, gender, age, ability, sexual orientation, and faith. Bend the Arc is the only national Jewish organization focused solely on social change in the U.S.

We are in the forefront of a powerful, historic resistance. The Jewish movement for justice is making itself heard both in the streets and in the halls of power. But to continue with this struggle we need your help. Sign up here so we can gather your talents and skills and how best to contact you as we move forward.

Our Mission:
Bend the Arc:CU is a Jewish organization in Central Illinois that advocates for social, racial and religious equality. We collaborate with the interfaith community, immigration and refugee rights organizations, and human rights advocacy groups.

Learn about our current work:

  • DACA
  • Immigration Justice
  • Voter Registration & Voting Rights
  • Passing S1/H1
  • Passing the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act
  • Electing a Democrat to represent us in Congress

Meet our leadership team:

  • Diane, Chairperson
  • Art, Communications Director
  • Marci, Political Liaison
  • Marcey
  • Rob, Secretary
  • Stacey, Vice Chairperson

Meet our allies:

  • ACLU
  • Immigrant Services of Champaign-Urbana
  • CU Immigration Forum
  • CU Indivisible
  • Indivisible-IL
  • CU Moms Demand Action
  • CU Progressives
  • New American Welcome Center at the University YMCA
  • Unitarian Universalist Church of Urbana-Champaign
  • League of Women Voters Champaign County
  • NAACP Champaign County Branch