Black Lives Matters banners at two historical black churches were destroyed last weekend in the nation’s capital after a pro-Trump rally. Faith leaders – including Revs. Ira Acree and Marshall Hatch – want Rev. Graham, a Trump supporter, to condemn these actions. Clergy from Chicago will travel to Washington, D.C., next month to push for healing and reconciliation just days before Joe Biden becomes the 46th president.
Austin Coming Together is one of several organizations involved in a new initiative unveiled Monday by Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Chicago’s Office of Racial Equity and Justice. The “Together We Heal” initiative calls on all residents to play their part in fostering connection, restoration and learning around the topic of racial healing. Chicagoans are encouraged to join in this challenge by hosting candid conversations, healing circles and other activities. The challenge will run from now until the end of January with a culminating, virtual healing summit that will reflect on progress made and build a path forward together.
If white people are programmed to be racist, then my people are programmed to hate ourselves, writes Daryl Satcher. Systemic racism is the true virus that we need to defeat. You must first defeat this disease in your mind before you can defeat it in your world.
All are invited to gather at 1 p.m. June 4 at the former Emmet School, at the corner of Madison and Central, to pray and organize. Each of us is needed to restore justice and peace; rebuild West Side businesses; reduce violence and COVID-19; and strengthen relationships. Thursday’s event is sponsored by the Westside Health Authority, state Rep. La Shawn Ford, Alds. Chris Taliaferro and Emma Mitts, and faith-based leaders.
One of the main aims of the Westside Community Triage and Wellness Center, located at 4133 W. Madison is reducing the population of the Cook County Jail. Parents, grandparents and community residents are invited to a May 23 discussion about how to keep children safe this summer.
Help come up with viable solutions for reducing violence and healing from trauma Sept. 23 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at BUILD’s headquarters, 5100 W. Harrison St. The free event for people of all ages will feature raffle prizes.