#GivingTuesday marks the official launch of our “Justice Changes Everything” campaign. When you support the Moran Center, you are changing trajectories for young people who deserve a meaningful second chance at success. You are closing the justice gap that impacts children who cannot afford legal representation, educational advocacy or therapeutic counseling. You are strengthening our youth and our community by supporting preventative and restorative programs.
Earlier this year, the Moran Center welcomed Krenice Roseman to our Board of Directors. We are so excited to have her join our team. Ms. Roseman is an Assistant Attorney General in the Special Litigation Bureau of the Office of Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan. She previously worked as a Litigation Associate at Kirkland & Ellis LLP and graduated summa cum laude from Spelman College with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, and then received her law degree from New York University School of Law. Ms. Roseman was born and raised in Evanston and maintains strong ties to the community through her work with youth organizations like the Dajae Coleman Foundation. She joined the Moran Center’s Board because the staff is dedicated to helping Evanston’s most vulnerable youth. Ms. Roseman believes this organization is a critical resource to the Evanston community and is committed to support and further their mission.
The excitement of the new school year was elevated to a feverish pitch when Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) visited Evanston Township High School on Aug. 29th. Rep. Lewis discussed his graphic novel series “March,” along with his co-author Andrew Aydin. Rep. Lewis also reflected on his experiences during the civil rights movement and encouraged youth to get informed and engaged. Despite physical attacks, serious injuries, and more than 40 arrests, Rep. Lewis has remained a devoted advocate of the philosophy of nonviolence.
“When you see something that is not right and not fair and not just, you have an obligation, you have a mission and a mandate to speak up, to speak out.”
The Moran Center was a proud co-sponsor of this Family Action Network (FAN) event. Pictured right is Board Member, Adam Chiss, along with Andrew Aydin and Rep. John Lewis.
More than 100 people joined us at our July Justice Jamboree. It was a special night to honor our donors, partners, and friends who so generously support our clients and invest in our mission. We also honored Kathy Lyons, who served as our Executive Director for the past 4 years, and Victor Grimm, for his service as Board Chair for the past 3 years and as a member of the Board of Directors for more than 30 years. We welcomed Patrick Keenan-Devlin as the new Executive Director and Betsy Lehman as the new Chair of our Board of Directors. We appreciate our many partners committed to ensuring that all kids receive justice in the courtroom, access to the classroom and support in our community.
Pictures from our Justice Jamboree on July 6, 2016:
On Saturday, March 19, 2016, the Moran Center hosted an Expungement Clinic at the Evanston Public Library to educate the public on the importance and process of clearing criminal records. Too often, a criminal record, even for a single offense that occurred long ago, can make securing a job or obtaining an occupational or professional license nearly impossible. Attendees learned about the process to seal or expunge criminal records, as well as other avenues to overcome the barriers of a criminal record when applying for jobs, housing or educational opportunities. The Expungement Clinic included an educational presentation followed by an opportunity for attendees to meet with Moran Center staff to begin the record-clearing process.
On Wednesday, March 16th, Patrick Keenan-Devlin hosted a talk-back facilitated by Northlight’s Lauren Shouse. Mr. Keenan Devlin discussed the poignancy of Sheppard Mallory’s plea to Major General Butler, “You are my last hope.” The discussion also addressed the modern day relevance of slavery and how the history of slavery in our country still impacts equality in American society. Friends of the Moran Center save $10 on tickets to any performance of Butler during the month of March. Use promo code: MALLORY when you check out.
THE PLAY: Early in the Civil War, three escaped slaves arrive at a Union fort to seek sanctuary from Major General Butler. Despite the conflict between the states, law requires that the slaves be returned to their rightful owner. Seeking a solution that satisfies both ethics and duty, Butler embarks on a battle of words and wits, calling into question what is legal versus what is right in a captivating story based on actual events.
The Moran Center is listed as one of Chicago Magazine’s Most Deserving Local Charities in their November, 2015 issue. “They’re still too young or too small for Charity Navigator to rate, but they’ve got passionate founders, inspiring missions, and 501(c)(3) status.”
The Social Justice Award, sponsored by Ann and Dennis Fitzsimons, recognizes the best project or program achieving community or organizational change that supports disenfranchised, disempowered, less privileged or oppressed groups. The Moran Center is proud to benefit from a year of media sponsorship as a result of this award.
The Moran Center was honored to partner with Family Action Network to bring Bryan Stevenson to ETHS on March 23, 2015 and host two follow-up events to inform community members how to respond to Stevenson’s call to action. Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system. In 2014, Stevenson published Just Mercy, a powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice. Just Mercy has been named one of the best books of 2014 by The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe ,The Seattle Times and Kirkus Reviews. View Stevenson in this Ted Talk.
White Guy on the Bus is a provocative new play making its world premiere at Northlight Theatre, written by Bruce Graham and directed by Northlight Artistic Director BJ Jones:
A wealthy white businessman and a struggling black single mom ride the same bus week after week. As they get to know each other, their conversation reveals a complex web of moral ambiguity, revenge, and racial biases.
Thematically, this new play offers a candid and unexpected perspective on issues including:
- Inequity of educational opportunities based on socio-economic status,
- The pervasiveness of stereotyping across race, class and gender lines, and
- Racial disparities in the criminal justice system.
Executive Director Kathy Lyons participated in a post-show discussion with several other community leader panelists including Morris Brent of the Youth Job Center, Eileen Heineman of the YWCA Evanston/North Shore, and Kevin Mott of Connections for the Homeless.