Bend the Arc’s National Conference

May 3–5, 2020

Rooted in justice.
Rising up in solidarity.

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.

First Keynotes Just Announced:

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! 

Alicia Garza

Founder, Black Futures Lab

Rashad Robinson

President, Color of Change

Learn. Grow. Take Action.

Join Pursuing Justice 2020 to:

Meet your community

Meet fellow leaders who are organizing across the country and leave with new and deepened relationships

Reflect and rejuvenate

Ground yourself in culture, spirituality, and a legacy of Jewish activism to feel sustained and energized in the work ahead

Deepen your understanding

Engage with experts on the threats we are facing, especially racism, antisemitism, and white nationalism

Expand your skills

Learn techniques for community organizing, digital mobilization, and effective advocacy to strengthen your work back home

Prepare for the election

Grow the grassroots power of our national Jewish movement to have an impact in the 2020 election

Seed a vision for the future

Build the foundation for a truly multi-racial, multi-ethnic democracy where every single person can thrive

Registration for Pursuing Justice 2020 is now open and Early Bird rates apply!

Early Bird Registration closes October 25, 2019

Schedule

Sunday, May 3

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)

Monday, May 4

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

Tuesday, May 5

7:00 – 7:30 AM Breakfast
7:30 – 8:30 AM Travel
8:30 – 1:30 PM Day of Action 
1:30 – 3:00 PM Conference closing on Capitol Hill

*Subject to change and more information to be added

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What People Have to Say About Pursuing Justice

Just blown away by the speakers at Pursuing Justice – inspiring, informative challenging.
Dara H.W. Steinberg
2016 attendee
Love everything about Bend the Arc’s Pursuing Justice conference. Conferences will never be the same again.
Lisa Danetz
2016 attendee
At #MoralMinyan16, I have finally — for the first time in my life — found a Jewish community that feels like home.
Jennifer L. Pozner
2016 attendee

Who Should Attend?

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.

  • Long-time activists
  • People new to activism
  • Donors and philanthropists​
  • Jewish community leaders and professionals​
  • Clergy and faith leaders
  • Allies and progressive partners​
  • Elected officials​
800
participants

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.

20 +
workshops and plenaries

including keynotes from nationally recognized movement leaders, in-depth training sessions, and wellness workshops.

80 s
of local leaders

who are the core of a multi-racial, multi-ethnic Jewish social justice movement dedicated to building a more progressive democracy.

1
day of action

We won’t just talk — we’ll take action on the final day, together in DC.

80 +
meetings with Congressional offices

focusing on some of the critical issues of our time, including ending family separation, protecting and expanding voting rights, criminal justice reform, and more.

900 s
of followers

We expect more than half a million people to see and engage with the conference and its content on social media and through livestreams.

Presented By

Bend the Arc is uniting a movement of tens of thousands of progressive Jews across the country who are fighting for justice and equality for all. We are the only national Jewish organization focused exclusively on social change in the U.S.

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