With the support of my cohort and Bend the Arc staff, I joined forces with other volunteer leaders and proposed the idea of what has become our long-term campaign for Progressive Taxation and the Common Good.
I had been living in San Francisco for 6 years and had tried numerous times to find my Jewish community, with no success. When I finally found Bend the Arc's (then Progressive Jewish Alliance) Jeremiah Fellowship, I immediately knew I found the place and the people with which I could engage politically, socially, and culturally as a Jew in my community. Half way through my year as a Jeremiah Fellow, I was laid off from my job as a part-time lecturer at San Francisco State University. At the same time, all the Fellows were to begin work on an action project of our choosing. I really wanted to do some kind of work around the debt in California and the state of public education, but I felt I had absolutely no agency to affect such an overwhelmingly large system. The major "ah-ha" moment for me happened while we were working to pass Proposition 30 last year and I saw just how much power we had when we joined together around our common values and turned them into powerful action by harnessing our strength as a community.
Jo Gordon, Bay Area Regional Council member, leader on the Progressive Taxation for the Common Good campaign and 2011-2012 Jeremiah Fellow