By Judy Levey
JCUA Executive Director
This past weekend, I had the privilege of participating in the Chicago Theological Seminary’s (CTS) conference commemorating the 50th anniversary of Selma, Selma at 50: Still Marching. Sitting on a panel between Cook County Commissioner Chuy Garcia and Reverend Otis Moss III of Trinity Baptist, and downt the row from longtime JCUA friend and IMAN Executive Director Rami Nashashibi, I was amazed at the extraordinary leadership that exists in Chicago… leaders who work across all sectors and throughout the city on inequality and racism.
The questions posed by Dr. Lee Butler of CTS made for an interesting dialogue among the panelists, whose comments touched on income inequality, strengthening communities, immigration reform, and racism. Listening to community leaders talk about the urgent need for social investment was riveting, and their passionate pleas to invest in families, health, community stability, young people, and immigrants were so compelling that I wished there would have been thousands in the audience rather than about 200.