After march against racism, more progress

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By Michael Romain

Staff Reporter

Anthony Clark, the Oak Park and River Forest High School teacher who organized the July 16 march against suburban racism through downtown Oak Park and into nearby Forest Park, hasn't stopped moving. 

Since the march, which attracted more than 100 supporters, Clark has formed a nonprofit called the Suburban Unity Alliance, which held its first meeting last Tuesday. The organization's Facebook group has over 400 members and more than 30 businesses have signed the group's Suburban Unity Pledge, which Clark drafted in the days ahead of his march as a way for local establishments to adopt a public stance against racism and discrimination.

"S.U.A. believes that fights for equity are not mutually exclusive," notes a statement drafted by Clark's new organization. "Building empathy is necessary to reaching unity. Unity means that as a community, 'We are all in this together.' Unified communities work to strengthen partnerships and collaborate among diverse parties for equitable outcomes."

The group has also ordered window decals featuring the word "United" and drafted a logo, which Clark unveiled last week on the group's Facebook page. For more information, readers can search "Suburban Unity Pledge" on Facebook. 

Michael Romain


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Alex Garcia  

Posted: August 8th, 2016 3:26 PM

What happens if a business simply declines to sign the pledge being placed in front of them by this group?

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