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As we approach the one year anniversary of the screening of The Long Shadow (TLS) in Illinois, we invite you to join us and our partner organizations on Fri., May 10, 5 - 7 p.m. in La Grange, IL. If interested, please e-mail us at to receive additional details. 

Together is Better Alliance Board of Directors (2 are missing from this photo)

We became Together is Better Alliance (TiBA) due to engaging with others about TLS and other content which helped us better understand systemic racism. Our work continues as we build capacity through key initiatives and priorities. We will continue to encourage everyone to watch TLS and engage in follow-up conversations to better understand the history and ongoing damage of systemic racism. Going forward, we hope to provide more content and experiences including lectures, events, other films and study tours. To keep you informed about the work we are doing, we are delighted to launch our website today! Please click here to view our website.

The Power of our Stories
Just as The Long Shadow (TLS) tells a story of the history of systemic racism in the United States, telling our own stories is meaningful and transformative. And just in case you haven't watched an interview about the TLS's impact that was done earlier this year, we've provided a link below and provided stories below. Check out our pictures and then read below.

A TiBA volunteer, Andy Swindler, shares his story.
TiBA Board member, Julie Shelton, meets Bryan Stevenson of the EJI.
An interview with members of The Episcopal Diocese of Chicago
TiBA Board member, Van Gilmer, takes a trip to Montgomery.
Below, you will find: 
  • TiBA volunteer, Andy Swindler, sharing his story. Click here.
  • TiBA volunteer, Kendra Joyner Miller, and members of the Episcopal Diocese's Anti-racism Commission. Click here.
  • TiBA Board members, Julie Shelton and Van Gilmer, sharing their stories of going to Montgomery, AL at different times and with different groups. Click here to read their stories. We hope to plan a study tour to Montgomery in the coming year. 
To support the work of filmmaker Frances Causey, we encourage you to purchase a DVD for private use. However, if shown in a public venue and/or for a charge, a Public Performance Licence (PPL) may be required. To obtain a PPL, contact the film distributor by clicking here. To receive a 10% discount off the PPL price (not a private copy), use BeClear2019

Close to 1500 attendees have watched TLS and gathered for Continuing the Conversation Series with us and our partners after seeing the documentary. We have been contacted by several groups around the Chicago area who are showing TLS. Please click here to learn about an upcoming screening at Elmhurst College on June 10. Some discussion groups are still going. Pizza & Social Justice in Glen Ellyn continues to have monthly meetings.

In doing this work, we have certainly learned that "together is truly better." Thank you for your support, well wishes, and prayers.
Copyright © 2019 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.

Our mailing address is:
14207 Chicago Road, Dolton, IL

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