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Common Ground members invite community change-makers to public meeting

Monday, May 8, 6 p.m., in the Community Room at the Lansing Public Library

LANSING, Ill. (April 24, 2023) – “[Common Ground participants] want Lansing to be the kind of place where every neighborhood knows how to make newcomers feel welcome, where citizens and police are working together to build community, where the default reaction to people who are different is curiosity and hospitality rather than fear or suspicion,” said an article reporting on the February 6 meeting of participants in the Common Ground project. That meeting comprised nearly 50 members of the “racial understanding” project that launched in Lansing in 2020.

Common Ground project
From left: Al Phillips, Barb Dust, Dewayne Sutton, Rich Dust, Thaddeus Searcy, Maureen Grady-Perovich (partially hidden), Adrienne Winchester, Brian Hardy, Kathy Hardy, Lauren Jahn, Karen Abbott Trimuel, Gammon Trimuel, and Valerie McDaniels shared their experiences at the February 6 Common Ground meeting. The idea for a public meeting was part of the discussion. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)

One outcome of the February meeting was to open up future meetings to the broader community, without requiring enrollment in the program first. May 8 will be the first such public meeting.

The goal is to provide a forum for change-makers in the community to gather and share ideas for influencing the culture of Lansing.

Though registration is not required for participation, RSVPs will help the library prepare the room and provide enough seating. Interested participants are invited to email their RSVP intentions to The Lansing Journal, who will moderate the public meeting, which begins at 6 p.m.:

public meeting
The Lansing Public Library is located at 2750 Indiana Avenue in Lansing, Illinois. For those who enter through the lower level doors, the Community Room is the first room on the left. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)


Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma grew up in Lansing, Illinois, and believes The Lansing Journal has an important role to play in building community through trustworthy information.


    • That’s correct. The date and time are in the subhead at the top of the page, and now I’ve added the time to the paragraph regarding RSVPs as well. Plus, now we have it in the comments! Change-makers are welcome to join us for brainstorming and conversation on Monday, May 8, at 6 p.m., in the Community Room at the Lansing Public Library.

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