Cultural and social activism is central to Arlene’s practice as a writer and consultant. As Muhammad Ali put it, “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.”
Commitments to awareness, empathy, and social justice infuse her work. For example, in January 2015, Arlene’s blog was included in the top 15 favorites with this endorsement
“Arlene is the conscience of the field who deeply cares about what we are all trying to do in a world that so often just doesn’t get it. We need more Arlenes.”
Two recent projects have been primary:
The U.S. Department of Arts and Culture
From 2012 to January 2019, Arlene served as “Chief Policy Wonk” of this nationwide art and social change project, presiding over the USDAC’s National Cabinet. She spearheaded the USDAC’s Call for Equity and Justice after August, 2014’s events in Ferguson, MO. And she has been one of the architects of the USDAC’s initiatives and national actions, including the People’s State of the Union beginning in 2015. She authored nearly all of the USDAC’s policy reports and toolkits.
The Shalom Center
From 2008 to June 2019, Arlene served as President of this national organization which equips activists and spiritual leaders with awareness and skills needed to lead in shaping a transformed and transformative Judaism that can help create a world of peace, justice, healing for the earth, and respect for the interconnectedness of all life. Climate crisis is a key concern, as are all forms of domination that restrict freedom and well-being. Interfaith collaboration is a priority.