|This has been a big week for progress, Naresh.
On Tuesday, we saw signs of hope across Texas when more than half of the fifty women running for Congress won their primaries or moved onto a run-off. Across the state, turnout among Democrats was higher than it’s been in years. And yesterday, we celebrated International Women’s Day by reflecting on how far we’ve come, and recommitting ourselves to the work ahead.
There’s certainly work ahead of us, but the groups that Onward Together supports are making progress seem a little more possible these days. I hope you’ll take a moment today to learn more about The Arena, one of our newer groups. They’re inspiring and training activists across the country, and I couldn’t be more proud.
Onward Together works to build a brighter future for generations to come by supporting groups that encourage people to organize in their communities or run for office. Because you’re an important part of Onward Together, we wanted you to get a chance to know these groups a little bit better. To learn more about Onward Together, click here.
The organization: The Arena
The organizers: Swati Mylavarapu, Ravi Gupta, and Kate Catherall
The mission: To inspire and train civic leaders at their quarterly summits and through building progressive communities — online and off.
The story: Faced with the fear and confusion of his students after the 2016 election, Ravi Gupta needed a way to bring young progressives together to mourn and organize. The first Arena Summit took place just one month later and brought together more than 450 energized people from 32 states, more than 150 of whom pledged to run for office.
The latest: Currently on their fifth summit, the Arena is on track to train more than 5,000 activists by the end of 2018. They’ve also launched their Spotlight program, which has already brought attention to activist and non-profit leaders doing work that matters.
The next step: The team at the Arena is on the frontlines of the fight to connect progressives across the country with resources and tools they need. Sign up to learn more at TheArena.run