In addition to taking action with Bend the Arc, Fellows learn about the history and current context of the organizing and issue areas they work on. For example, when joining the Progressive Taxation for the Common Good campaign team, Fellows will learn about Prop 13, which was passed in 1979, the anti-taxation political culture it spawned, and the ways in which this culture and set of priorities continue to limit resources and opportunities available to low-income communities and communities of color, increasingly affecting society as a whole.
Jeremiah Fellows will also create community with one another. Fellows create a supportive peer group that affirms each other, but also goes beyond affirmation to challenge and support each other's growth. Through the experience of being supported and challenged in community, and articulating, developing and acting on our values, Fellows will come out of the program as stronger leaders and more effective agents for change.