A Civil Rights Blessing for Spring from Executive Director Bonnie Allen
Earlier this week, Jews celebrated Passover, a holiday that commemorates the faith and courage of a people fleeing slavery and moving toward freedom. As we approach Easter weekend, I am reminded that for Christians this holiday represents the new beginnings of the spring season, and a transition from winter, grief, loss, and death to hope, new life, renewal, and faith that good will ultimately triumph over evil.
This spring, with dark clouds gathering in our country and city, I wish you blessings that you and your loved ones can hold fast to hope. At the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, we are grounding our advocacy and policy work in that hope. I am so grateful for the challenges that our pro bono lawyers and volunteers, staff, board, and community partners take on in order to make our clients’ hopes for justice, respect, and freedom a reality.
So this weekend, I encourage you to take time to reflect on what brings you joy, hope, and love. Go outside and walk amidst the spring flowers and budding trees. Spend time with your friends and family. Find that place in yourself or a higher power that grounds you and renews you.
We have important work to do in the days and months ahead. It will require our whole selves – mind, body, and heart – to overcome the evil around us. Hold fast to your hopes. Stay strong. And embrace the power of love.