Justice, Restoration of Lives, and Healing of Communities

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September 10, 2021

Justice, Restoration of Lives, and Healing of Communities

Written by: Julia Smolucha

Livestream event from Monday, October 4, 2021

Please join the Racial Justice Committee online Monday, October 4 at 7 p.m. Learn about the holistic ways Christian organizations are working collaboratively to reduce violence and save lives. The presenters are Cliff Nellis, founder of the Lawndale Christian Legal Center and Yolanda Fields, Executive Director of Breakthrough. To connect to this meeting register below. Please contact Laura Connell for more information.

Cliff Nellis

Mr. Nellis clerked for the Honorable Edward Nottingham of the United States District Court for the District of Colorado before founding the Lawndale Christian Legal Center in Chicago, Illinois, which provides holistic community-based criminal defense legal services for youth and emerging adults. He served on the Executive Coordination Team that established the first Restorative Justice Community Court for emerging adults in the country. He is a member of the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center Advisory Board, the Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission, and President of the Chicago Bar Association Legal Aid Council.

Yolanda Fields

Yolanda Fields is the Executive Director of Breakthrough and a committed and passionate non-profit and community leader. She started her 20-year career with the East Garfield Park-based organization as a volunteer in 2001, after seeking to make a positive impact following the events of September 11, 2001. Prior to joining Breakthrough, Yolanda spent 10 years leading teams at a major telecommunications company.