FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Chicago, IL, June 17, 2016 – With tragic shootings a near daily occurrence in Chicago, A Just Harvest and coalition partners are organizing for a night of discussion, refreshment and unity prior to attending the Chicago Sky basketball match on Tuesday, June 21.
“As much as we’d prefer a quick fix to the violence in our city, a lasting solution will take years to realize,” says Rev. Dr. Marilyn Pagán-Banks, Executive Director of A Just Harvest, a Rogers Park non-profit, and the organization responsible for the event.
“We’re in a marathon, not a sprint.”
“Conversations tonight can make the difference in a number of interactions, which can in turn influence other interactions.”
“In this way, we can slowly turn the tide against this tragedy.”
The evening, themed “Restoring Unity Across Communities”, is expected to draw as many as 700 participants and elected officials from communities across Cook County, including Dolton, Riverdale, Harvey, Evanston, Olympia Fields, and Flossmore as well as many neighborhoods from the south and west sides of Chicago.
Participants will partake in guided conversations focused on sustainable solutions to creating a safer Chicago while in transit to and from the arena.
“It’s a privilege to join with A Just Harvest and partners to jointly express our resolution to ending violence in the city,” says Nick Burke, Operations & Charity Ticket Coordinator for the Chicago Sky. “The Chicago Sky is committed to building the Chicago we all know is possible.”
Organizations participating in the evening include: Aunt Martha Youth Service, Family Matters, Target Area Development Corporation, Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities (TASC), Better Boys, Christ Temple Missionary Baptist Church, Speak Up IL, Oasis International Ministries, New Life/Good News Partners, “Angels Basketball” out of Homewood-Flossmoor, and SportCuts (Matteson, IL).
Based in Rogers Park, A Just Harvest runs one of the longest, self-standing Community Kitchens in the City of Chicago. Since 1983, A Just Harvest’s Community Kitchen has served nearly 1.5 million meals and been open more than 9,000 consecutive nights. In addition to the Community Kitchen, A Just Harvest has been an active organizer and opportunity-builder with at-risk youth and marginalized groups. The organization’s signature projects, Northside P.O.W.E.R. (People Organized to Work, Educate, and Restore) and The Genesis Project, are long-time Rogers Park and Chicago contributors to issues ranging from educational equity to community gardening.