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June 20, 2022
WTTW, Reparations Stakeholder Authority of Evanston, and the Evanston Community Foundation hosted a virtual conversation focused on lessons learned from Evanston, the first municipality to enact and fund local reparations. Panelists included Robin Rue Simmons, Founder and Executive Director of FirstRepair; Reverend Dr. Michael Nabors, Senior Pastor at Second Baptist Evanston, and President of the Evanston Branch of the NAACP; and Dr. Cornell William Brooks, John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. The panel was moderated by Sol Anderson, Evanston Community Foundation President, and CEO.
May 26, 2022
Executive Producer Dan Protess moderated a live conversation with Lisa Yun Lee, Executive Director of the National Public Housing Museum; Chris Javier, Leader of the Chinese Christian Union Church; Ann Kalayil, Founder and Board Chair of the South Asian American Policy and Research Institute; and Seong Cho, Organizing Director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice. The panel explored the unique ways in which Chicago’s Asian American’s communities have carved out spaces of safety and resistance in the face of discrimination.
April 7, 2022
In partnership with the Metropolitan Planning Council, Metropolitan Planning Council President and CEO Darlene Hightower moderated a live conversation with David Ansell, MD, MPH, Rush System and author of The Death Gap; and Debra Wesley, Founder, CEO, & President of Sinai Community Institute. The conversation explored the inequities and health disparities that plague regional communities as a result of segregation, along with highlighting solutions that aim to foster a future of health equity for all residents.
February 22, 2022
WTTW Executive Producer Dan Protess moderated a virtual conversation with a panel that included Tonika Johnson, creator of the Folded Map Project; Pastor Ricky Brown, founder of the New Creation Church; José Rico, director of the Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation Greater Chicago; and Nan Parson, co-founder and chair of Action Ridge.