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Letter from Pastor Bruce Ray to Faith Leaders

Dear Pastors and Faith Leaders,

After more than a decade of broken promises to the residents of the Julia Lathrop Homes (Diversey & Clybourn), the Chicago Housing Authority continues to push its mixed-income redevelopment plans at the site—a redevelopment that will eliminate hundreds of public housing units and displace families from our community. Lathrop residents and leaders have been fighting to preserve their homes, but the CHA has refused to listen.

Now, Lathrop leaders are asking for churches and faith communities throughout the city to join them and their allies for an “Interfaith Call To Action” rally at the offices of the CHA and Mayor Rahm Emmanuel on MONDAY, NOVEMBER 9, AT 10:00AM to demand that CHA and the Mayor preserve and replace public housing units at Lathrop Homes and throughout the city.  

Please mark your church calendar for the Action on Monday, November 9, at 10:00AM.  More details of how you and your faith communities can prepare for the action will be provided shortly.  

In the past, many of you and/or your churches have been involved in actions to preserve public housing at Lathrop Homes.  processionSome of you have marched in Las Posadas at Lathrop Homes [see feature image]. Others have met with elected officials asking them to oppose CHA’s plans for Lathrop. And many have stood up for the Keep the Promise Ordinance that would hold the CHA accountable to their mission.

The residents of Lathrop have long been crying out for justice. I hope you will listen to their cry and set aside the date on your church calendar to join them in their struggle and remind our leaders that they have a mandate to defend the cause of the poor and deliver the needy when they call (Psalm 72).

For he delivers the needy when they call, the poor and those who have no helper.
He has pity on the weak and the needy, and saves the lives of the needy. (Psalm 72:12-13, NRSV)

Please feel free to contact me if you have questions.

Bruce Ray


Kimball Avenue Church


Kimball Avenue Church is a member of the Logan Square Ecumenical Alliance and Logan Square Neighborhood Association (LSNA).

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