Sometimes all it takes is a rare, spectacular astronomical event to bring us closer together. Last week’s solar eclipse couldn’t have come at a better time, as our nation and our community struggled to comprehend and heal from the recent events in Charlottesville. At the Evanston Public Library’s Eclipse Party last Monday, I was inspired as I witnessed people generously sharing their eclipse glasses with total strangers, neighbors chatting with neighbors, and community members marveling together as the moon blocked out the sun for a few brief minutes.
It’s easy to be weighed down by terrible disasters and all of the negativity out there, but if you’re looking for inspiration and hope, look no further than our own community. On August 17, hundreds packed a “Lament and Hope” interfaith vigil at Second Baptist Church to speak out against racism, renounce hate, and join together for a truly incredible evening of healing, faith and unity. (You can watch the video on my Facebook page, or read a transcript of my remarks.)
Evanston Boy Scout Troup 929 showed us that despite the headlines, civic engagement has a bright future. The scouts sacrificed a precious summer evening to attend our August 14 Evanston City Council meeting to see local government in action. Watch video from the meeting here.
I’m proud to be a part of this amazing city where people of all ages care for one another, fight against injustices, and become involved in their community. Working together, I’m confident we won’t have to wait until the next solar eclipse to make our city and our world a better place.
Stephen H. Hagerty
Mayor, City of Evanston
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