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Where do we go from here?

June 08, 2020

Arena was founded as a place to bring together progressives for conversations that challenge us to do more. Particularly in this moment, I want to share a conversation I had with a valued member of our community who has been on the front lines of this work for a long time.

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In this episode of Arena’s podcast, I share my thoughts on recent events and where we as a community go from here. I also speak with educator Stacey Shells, a longtime member of the Arena family and CEO of ReGeneration schools, who talks about the change she wants to see.As CEO of ReGeneration, Stacey educates thousands of mostly Brown and Black kids from Chicago and Cincinnati. We speak about how we stand with those who demand justice for George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor. People like Curtis Flowers, who has been tried six times in the state of Mississippi for a murder he did not commit. Or the many Black people whose names are less well known but who’ve faced violence and death because of the color of their skin.

You will also learn about what we as an organization will do in the weeks, months, and years ahead to play a part in reversing injustice. Here’s where we’re starting:

Stay tuned for more information about our future plans. In the meantime, we encourage you to support organizations doing critical work to make a more just society. Here’s one that we’ve had the privilege of collaborating with over the years — and which does amazing work:

Woke Vote

Woke Vote empowers individuals to fight back against policies that are antithetical to our shared values. By meeting people where they are and teaching the fundamentals of congregation and community organizing, we are altering the political landscape as we know it. We know that these hidden faces and voices — our faces and voices — have the power to reshape our democracy, influence and lead movements, and invoke lasting change.

The folks over at the Obama Foundation have put together a super helpful comprehensive list that includes many other groups. Check it out here.