Pursuing Justice 2020, Bend the Arc’s national conference, will bring together progressive activists and organizers who root their work in Jewish values for three days of learning, connection, and solidarity in Washington DC.
We’re excited to share our first keynotes for Pursuing Justice 2020: Alicia Garza and Rashad Robinson! We’ll be announcing other speakers soon— stay tuned for more exciting speaker announcements!
Founder, Black Futures Lab
Alicia Garza founded the Black Futures Lab to make Black communities powerful in politics. In 2018, the Black Futures Lab conducted the largest survey of Black communities in over 150 years.
Alicia believes that Black communities deserve what all communities deserve — to be powerful in every aspect of their lives. An innovator, strategist, organizer, and cheeseburger enthusiast, she is the co-creator of #BlackLivesMatter and the Black Lives Matter Global Network, an international organizing project to end state violence and oppression against Black people. The Black Lives Matter Global Network now has 40 chapters in 4 countries.
Alicia serves as the Strategy & Partnerships Director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance, the nation’s premier voice for millions of domestic workers in the United States. She is also the co-founder of Supermajority, a new home for women’s activism. She shares her thoughts on the women transforming power in Marie Claire magazine every month.
Her forthcoming book, tentatively titled How to Turn a Hashtag Into a Movement will be published in 2020, and she warns you — hashtags don’t start movements. People do.
President, Color of Change
Rashad Robinson is President of Color Of Change, a leading online racial justice organization. Driven by more than 1.5 million members working to build political and cultural power for Black communities, Color Of Change is creating a more human and less hostile world for all people in America.
Color Of Change uses an innovative combination of technology, research, media savvy and local community engagement to build powerful movements and change the industries that affect Black people’s lives: in Silicon Valley, Hollywood, Wall Street, Washington, prosecutor offices, capitol hills and city halls around the country.
Rashad has led the organization in developing cutting-edge strategies to accelerate reform in the criminal justice system and win justice for its victims, increase electoral participation, cut off corporate support for right-wing organizations, and change the representation of Black people and social issues in news and entertainment media.
Join Pursuing Justice 2020 to:
Meet fellow leaders who are organizing across the country and leave with new and deepened relationships
Ground yourself in culture, spirituality, and a legacy of Jewish activism to feel sustained and energized in the work ahead
Engage with experts on the threats we are facing, especially racism, antisemitism, and white nationalism
Learn techniques for community organizing, digital mobilization, and effective advocacy to strengthen your work back home
Grow the grassroots power of our national Jewish movement to have an impact in the 2020 election
Build the foundation for a truly multi-racial, multi-ethnic democracy where every single person can thrive
11:00 AM Registration opens
1:00 – 2:15 PM Opening plenary
2:30 – 4:00 PM Workshops and Trainings
4:15 – 5:45 PM Workshops and Trainings
6:00 – 8:00 PM Neighborhood dinner
8:00 – 9:15 PM Evening plenary
9:30 – 11:00 PM Late night programming (optional)
8:00 – 8:45 AM Breakfast
9:00 – 10:15 AM Morning plenary
10:30 – 12:00 PM Workshops and Trainings
12:00 – 3:00 PM Lunch and Working Groups
3:15 – 4:30 PM Closing plenary
4:45 – 6:15 PM Training for Action Day
6:30 – 7:30 PM Evening receptions
6:30 – 8:30 PM Neighborhood dinner
9:00 PM Celebration
*Subject to change and more information to be added
Pursuing Justice is for all who want to “bend the arc of the moral universe” toward racial and economic justice for all in the U.S. Pursuing Justice welcomes advocates of all ages, races, ethnicities, classes, occupations, sexual orientations, gender identities, abilities, faiths, and Jewish denominations.
who are the core of a multi-racial, multi-ethnic Jewish social justice movement, with our allies and partners, dedicated to building a more progressive democracy.
including keynotes from nationally recognized movement leaders, in-depth training sessions, and wellness workshops.
who are the core of a multi-racial, multi-ethnic Jewish social justice movement dedicated to building a more progressive democracy.
We won’t just talk — we’ll take action on the final day, together in DC.
focusing on some of the critical issues of our time, including ending family separation, protecting and expanding voting rights, criminal justice reform, and more.
We expect more than half a million people to see and engage with the conference and its content on social media and through livestreams.