“A riot is the language of the unheard.”
–Martin Luther King, Jr.
I believe good can come out of us when we wrestle with disappointment and suffering; I do not believe there is good that comes out of tragedy, but that the good comes out of us in spite of the tragedy.
— Fr. David Kelly, director, Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation
Empathy is when you feel something and compassion is when you do something about it.
— Jahmal Cole, Founder, My Block, My Hood, My City
The nation’s tragedy playing out before us is profoundly painful. We are devastated for our friends and neighbors who act from a place of deep and justified pain. We demand justice for George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and so many others. We are committed to understanding and addressing the white privilege that many of us enjoy and to recognizing and calling out the many ways that racism is reflected in the policies and institutions in our country. We will continue to work in support of the activism of those impacted communities who know best how to lead, and join them in demanding the systemic changes that address police violence and the causes and impact of racism in Chicago.