ABC 7 Chicago and Windy City Live Present:  DO YOU HEAR ME?  A DISCUSSION OF RACE

ABC 7 CHICAGO PRESENTS:  DO YOU HEAR ME?  A DISCUSSION OF RACE, part of a series of virtual town halls beginning Thursday, June 4 at 2 PM.  ABC 7 Anchors Cheryl Burton and Jim Rose will serve as moderators for the first installment of the hour-long town halls which will air consecutive Thursdays in June. They will be live-streamed on abc7chicago.com and all of the station’s digital platforms.

In the aftermath of George Floyd’s death, peaceful protests and violence erupted in Chicago and across the nation.  During ABC 7’s series of town halls, we will listen to community leaders and hear what changes need to be made to heal and move forward.

The panel for this week’s town hall includes Jahmal Cole, My Block, My Hood, My City;  William Calloway, social justice activist; Aislinn Pulley, Chicago Torture Justice Center, and Founder of Black Lives Matter Chicago; Kina Collins, Founder of Chicago Neighborhood Alliance.

On Friday, June 5 at 1pm, WINDY CITY LIVE, ABC 7’s popular talk and entertainment show with Val Warner and Ryan Chiaverini, presents an hour-long special DO YOU HEAR ME? A DISCUSSION OF RACE. 

This special will be the beginning of an ongoing series as WCL invites viewers, activists, students, business owners and others to share their experiences in the wake of recent peaceful protests and violence that took place in Chicago and across the nation.

“Windy City LIVE continues to be a platform where people can speak, share ideas and offer solutions. We always want our viewers to know we are listening,” said John Idler, President and General Manager, ABC 7.

Guests include:  Father Michael Pfleger, St. Sabina Church; Activist Jahmal, My Block, My Hood, My City; Karyn Beard, owner of Kham’ryn, whose clothing and shoe boutique in Auburn Gresham was vandalized during the protests. Cole

Also featured on the special are high school students who share their vision of the future and organizers working to clean up the South Side in the wake of looting.

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