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Feb 06th

Pearce named Harrison Executive Director

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shauen- harrison edThe board of directors of the Harrison Neighborhood Association recently announced its new executive director, Shauen V. T. Pearce.

Most recently of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, Pearce released the following statement.

"As a native of south Chicago, I learned firsthand the power of united neighbors – from people who ensured that each family had something to eat, fought tirelessly for all and who celebrated each other without hesitation. I believe that we are strongest together, like oak trees connected at the roots, sustaining each other in the midst of storms. For a tree to be healthy (a community in our case) there must be nourishment. Racial equity, safety and economic justice – including livable wages, affordable housing and transportation, and healthy food – are essential elements for a thriving community of residents, business owners and public officials. When any element is out of harmony, the others are threatened and so I have dedicated myself to living through love, encouraging self-determination and supporting grassroots leadership. In the forests of our lives every tree matters. Each has a purpose and holds the stories of our collective truth. I like to think of us all as birds of the same tree complete with our unique languages, traditions, struggles and solutions. I am excited to join Claire (Bergren) and Kennedy (Willis) and (am) grateful to gain them as colleagues."

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