Love + Action
“The challenge is to get people to extend the boundaries of the love they feel without giving up pride in who they are, where they’re from, or what their faith is. It’s about creating as many opportunities as possible for people to rediscover those connections.” - Van Jones
We gather in the City of Brotherly (and Sisterly) Love to rededicate ourselves to a politics of love. Love for the most vulnerable. Love across generations. Even love for those standing in our way.
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 attendees will spend time planning out what steps they will take -- immediately -- to rebuild our republic based on the values of love, respect, inclusion, and dignity.
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.
Alicia Bonner Ness
Molly Jong Fast