On Wednesday, Jan. 17, Bend the Arc Jewish Action, alongside leaders and grassroots volunteers from across the Jewish community, including the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism and the Anti-Defamation League, will lead an historic act of Jewish civil disobedience to demand that Congress include a clean DREAM Act in the government funding bill. More than 50 participants, including rabbis, are expected to occupy the Russell building on Capitol Hill.

The protest coincides with the Sabbath reading of Exodus, which describes the hardening of Pharaoh’s heart against Moses’s demand to, “Let my people go.”

Jews from many organizations will refuse to be moved as they demand that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan “Let my people STAY.”

The demonstrations begin at 10:30 a.m. “until forcibly removed or a clean DREAM Act vote is promised.”

Anti-Defamation League (ADL)
Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism
Union for Reform Judaism
Carolina Jews for Justice
Congregation Beit Simchat Torah
Jewish Community Action
Jewish Council on Urban Affairs
Jewish Labor Committee
Jewish Multiracial Network
Jews United for Justice
National Council of Jewish Women
Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association
Reconstructionist Rabbinical College/Jewish Reconstructionist Communities
Torat Chayim
Uri L’Tzedek

This protest is an escalation of Bend the Arc Jewish Action’s ongoing efforts to protect DREAMers and defend immigrants, including organizing thousands of phone calls from Jewish constituents to their members of Congress.

See the protest.