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Should We Go There?

Okay, if we were those polite folks who just wanted to make you feel good about the new year, we'd sing "Auld Lang Syne" or say Happy Kwanzaa and Happy New Year. However, during this time of reflection of things past, we're somewhat bewildered by this centuries-long plague of fear, bias, hatred, and prejudice. Yes, we went there. When you think society has evolved to love and accept people in the beauty of their differences, some thing or some person happens to pull us back down to our insecurities and biases. When this happens, it can at times be frustrating and disappointing; however, we remind ourselves that the challenges faced have occurred over centuries and cannot be solved overnight--that progress is being made, that the work that we are doing matters, and we are thankful for the opportunity to serve.

By the way, and just so you know, we are pretty nice people and believe that we are better than the evil and shame of our past. We will continue to learn, engage, and confront racism. And some of us did sing "Auld Lang Syne" a couple of hours ago to celebrate the end of 2019 and the beginning of great opportunities to do good and support the decency in all of us.  


Thanks for a great year of learning, sharing, and building each other up to make a difference. We ended the year celebrating the holidays with our volunteers. Regardless of how many times it appears that racism remains or gets worse, don't give up. Your work makes a difference.

Why Didn't I Know That?

The Long Shadow documentary continues to be a relevant resource for anyone interested in learning about the history of racial injustice in the U.S. The documentary will be showing on PBS stations around the country during Black History Month. Join TiBA in trying to get it shown in Chicago. Call WTTW at 773-583-5000 or click here to complete the contact form to make a request. Please email us at info@togetherisbetteralliance.org if you're available to work with us on getting it shown. Thanks for your help and looking forward to seeing you in 2020!
Copyright © 2020 Together is Better Alliance, NFP. All rights reserved.

The TiBA Board of Directors are Pres. Sharon Hatchett, Esq., Vice-Pres. Xcylur Stoakley, Sec. Julie
Shelton, Esq., Treas. Tom Denio, Amania Drane, Van Gilmer, Rev. Mitchell Johnson & Mae Smith.

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