Evanston Township High School is sponsoring two virtual Family Action Network events this month, free and open to the public, suitable for ages 12 and up. Both will be available later on the FAN website and Youtube channel.
“Better, Not Bitter: Living on Purpose in the Pursuit of Racial Justice,” a webinar featuring Yusef Salaam and Reuben Jonathan Miller will begin at 7 p.m. on May 20 via Zoom. Registration is required at www.family action network.net.
No one’s life is the sum of the worst things that happened to them, and during Yusef Salaam’s seven years of wrongful incarceration as one of the Central Park Five, he grew from child to man, and gained a deepened spiritual perspective on life. He learned that we’re all “born on purpose, with a purpose.” He channeled his energy and pain into something positive, not just for himself but for other marginalized people and communities.
“Better, Not Bitter: Living on Purpose in the Pursuit of Racial Justice” is the first time that one of the now Exonerated Five is telling his individual story, in his own words.
Dr. Salaam will be in conversation with Reuben Jonathan Miller, Ph.D., assistant professor at the University of Chicago Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice. His research examines life at the intersections of race, poverty, crime control, and social welfare policy.
“The Ones We’ve Been Waiting For: How a New Generation of Leaders Will Transform America,” a webinar featuring Charlotte Alter and Eli Stone aired on May 18.
A new generation is stepping up. There are now 26 millennials in Congress – a fivefold increase gained in the last midterms. They’re governing over Midwestern cities and college towns, running for city councils and serving in state legislatures. They’re acting urgently on climate change (because they’re going to live it); they care deeply about student debt (because they have it); they’re utilizing big tech but still want to regulate it (because they understand how it works). In “The Ones We’ve Been Waiting For: How a New Generation of Leaders Will Transform America,” TIME national correspondent Charlotte Alter examined how millennials have already gained power – from City Hall to Congress – in order to learn what America might look like when they’re in charge.
Ms. Alter conversed with Eli Stone, a Chicago-based campaign operative, having managed three campaigns before the age of 20, including Evanston’s mayor, Daniel Biss.