LOVE + ACTION
We gather in the City of Brotherly (and Sisterly) Love to rededicate ourselves to a politics of love.
Why love? Because, in the words of Brittany Packnett, love can be an act of resistance. It has been a central pillar of movements going back centuries.
But we can’t stop at love. We must channel our love into action. That’s why we will spend time planning out the steps we will take to rebuild our republic based on the values of love, respect, inclusion, and dignity.
The Philadelphia Summit is proudly sponsored by the Alliance for American Manufacturing. AAM is a non-profit founded in 2007 that explores worker-friendly solutions to challenges such as job creation, infrastructure investment, international trade, and global competitiveness.
Here’s a preview of some of the people you’ll hear from at the Summit. Stay tuned - there’s more to come.
Former Mayor of New Orleans, LA
Rapper, Actress, and Writer
Co-Host of Pod Save America, Former Senior Advisor to President Obama
Dr. Kira Banks
Associate Professor of Psychology at St. Louis University, Expert on Unconscious Bias
Democratic Nominee for Pennsylvania State House
Candidate for Congress in Pennsylvania
Former US Secretary of Education
City Controller of Philadelphia
Mayor of Stockton, CA
If you’ve been to a Summit before, things will be a little different. You will choose your training options in advance. We’ll also cap attendance on a first-come, first-served basis.
Register before July 20, and you’ll get priority access to pick your training when signups open at the end of July. Here’s a preview of some of the options:
HIP HOP, POLITICS, & YOUR VOICE
In this workshop, you’ll participate in a cypher aimed at building creativity, confidence, and self-expression. Led by hip hop artist and educator Toni Blackman, you’ll connect the ideas of history and hip-hop, and participate in performative activities.
TAKING ACTION FOR THE 2018 MIDTERMS
When we meet in Philadelphia, we’ll be only 61 days out from the critical 2018 midterm elections. You’ll learn about how you can help get out the vote, and then you’ll take immediate action. You’ll leave realizing that volunteering is easier and more fun than you might think.
Everyone has it, yet only a few know how to keep it in check. In this session, you’ll explore how our personal and social identities influence our unconscious biases. You’ll learn about the root causes of unconscious bias and how to de-bias.
PLANNING A POST 2018 RUN
Thinking about running for office, but don't know where to start? In this session, you’ll walk through the first steps of planning a run and learn where to find useful resources to kickstart your campaign.
WORKING ON A 2020 CAMPAIGN
2020 is primed to be an historic election cycle. In this session, you’ll learn how to be a part of the action by working directly on a campaign. Whether you've worked on campaign before, or are just starting out, we will help you create a plan for joining a campaign.
ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT THROUGH SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Entrepreneurship is a key factor in local economic development. In this training, you’ll learn how local businesses got off the ground, and work in small groups to design business models that have measurable social impact goals.
Alicia Bonner Ness
Molly Jong Fast
Desiree Peterkin Bell
ABOUT THE ARENA SUMMIT
The Arena Summit is a gathering of rising leaders from across the country. As [WIRED] wrote, “Think of The Arena Summit as equal parts spring training, group therapy, summer camp, and speed dating for progressives.” The Philadelphia Summit will be our fifth since December 2016, and we expect over 750 civic and political leaders in attendance.
At prior Summits, we featured thought leaders such as Jason Kander, DeRay Mckesson, Pete Buttigieg, Jennifer Granholm, Martin O’Malley, and Brian Deese.
The community emerging from these Summits has already gone on to launch over a hundred new organizations and candidacies since the November election, including the 27 candidates we have supported and plan to support through our Fellowship program in 2018.