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Sat, Oct 05


Lakeview Lutheran ELCA Church

CARE Strategy Session | Meeting @ Center on Halsted

Join us for our October CARE strategy session! Reps. from Lighthouse Foundation (LF) will meet with Center on Halsted leadership from 11a,-12noon at The Center. We will walk together from Lakeview Lutheran to The Center to support LF reps as they exit and to hear what decisions were made.

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CARE Strategy Session | Meeting @ Center on Halsted
CARE Strategy Session | Meeting @ Center on Halsted

Time & Location

Oct 05, 2019, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Lakeview Lutheran ELCA Church, 835 W. Addison Street, Chicago, IL 60613

About The Event


Center on Halsted CEO Modesto “Tico” Valle has agreed to meet with Lighthouse Foundation to discuss his continued employment of private security contractor, Walsh Security, which is owned and operated by a racist Chicago police officer, Thomas Walsh Sr. The meeting will take place this upcoming Saturday, October 5, 2019, 11:00 am, at the Center on Halsted. 

Attending from The Center will be CEO Modesto “Tico” Valle, Board Chair Angela Barnes, and Chief Program Officer, Hector Torres. And attending from Lighthouse Foundation will be three CARE Strategy Team reps: Karlyn Meyer, Rev. Tim Wolfe, and myself. 

Lighthouse Foundation’s meeting with the Center on Halsted leadership will occur at the same time as our monthly Strategy Session. How wonderful!

Instead of meeting for our October CARE Strategy Session at Lighthouse Northside/St. Pauls, we will gather at 11 am Saturday, October 5th at Lakeview Lutheran, which is located at 835 W. Addison Street, Chicago, IL 60613. It’s just a few minutes’ walk from Center on Halsted. We are grateful to our dear friends at Lakeview Lutheran Church (ELCA) in Boystown for opening wide their doors to us! 

Mr. Valle has set aside an hour to meet with us, so we are preparing for a meeting that will end at 12 noon or perhaps a little sooner. Allen Womble, a member of CARE’s Strategy team will lead the meeting at Lakeview Lutheran and then walk over with meeting attendees to the Center on Halsted so that when Lighthouse Foundation representatives leave The Center we are met by our supporters. We will then share the decisions made during our meeting with the Center's leadership, as well as announce the next steps. Originally we aimed to host a press conference after our meeting with Tico, but we have decided to postpone it until a later date. We do though extend an invitation to press to join our supporters at The Center at 12noon to hear how our meeting went and the next steps that we will take.

We need YOU to show up this Saturday, Oct.5th, 11:00 am, at Lakeview Lutheran and then walk over to The Center and declare, “hate has no home here,” within our LGBTQ+ community . . . Boystown . . . Chicago. 

White allies: We especially need your presence because it signals that Black LGTQ+ folks do not fight for racial justice alone. We need you in this moment!

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CARE, or The Coalition of Allies for Racial Equality, is Lighthouse Foundation's direct action organizing arm. Anyone committed to the pursuit of justice for Black LGBTQ+ people is welcome to join the work of CARE. CARE is responsible for selecting and executing direct actions (protests, demonstrations, etc) which will help win campaigns selected by the caucuses, which make up the other arm of Lighthouse Foundation. The coalition also supports fundraising for Lighthouse Foundation.

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