Brandon Johnson was sworn in as the 57th Mayor of the City of Chicago Photo by Tia Carol Jones BRANDON JOHNSON SWORN IN AS MAYOR OF CHICAGO
Moss spoke about the hope that marginalized voices could find
space in the new administration. “We, as constituents, of this grand
Metropolis of possibility, engage our imagination to dream of a city
that is yet to be born; One city, not divided by income, one city not divided by race, one city not divided by ethnicity,” Moss said. Inaugural Chicago Poet Laureate avery r. young performed, “& whereas a dream can blas(t) off.”
between Johnson and Joseph from the Bible. “So may God place
within you, a heart of many colors. And, may your rainbow heart, beat in the rhythm of all Chicago. May you continue to act with the kind of integrity that has brought you to this very moment,” Conover said.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Lightfoot shook the hand of First Lady
Stacie Johnson and their children.
music and the people of the city of Chicago. He thanked the elected
officials for their service and congratulated the Alderpersons who
took their oath of office. He also thanked Lightfoot for her service
and her sacrifice. He talked about how his mother taught him to love
people and said he could feel her in the room. He talked about how his father taught him to work hard and be accountable.
us and without whom this day would not be possible,” Johnson
said. During his address, someone shouted “go ‘head Black man.” He took a moment to take it all in and returned to his speech, where he talked about wanting to re-open the mental health facilities that
means a safe Chicago for all, no matter what you look like, who you
love or where you live. We’ll do it by investing in people,” Johnson
said. In just his first hours in office, Mayor Brandon Johnson signed
four executive orders to: establish a Deputy Mayor for Labor Relations; establish a Deputy Mayor for Community Safety; establish a Mayor for Immigrant, Migrant and Refugee Rights; and boost youth employment.
to build a better, stronger, safer Chicago,” Mayor Johnson said in a
release. “My first executive orders as Mayor of Chicago is to instruct
our government to boost youth employment, so all young Chicagoans can reach their potential across our city, in addition to re-organizing the work of the Deputy Mayors to ensure that my cabinet reflects our top priorities for achieving community safety, supporting new arrivals, and protecting and expanding the right to organize. Together, we will collaborate to build a stronger city for all of us.”
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