Most recently of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, Pearce released the following statement.
"As a native of south Chicago, I learned firsthand the power of united neighbors – from people who ensured that each family had something to eat, fought tirelessly for all and who celebrated each other without hesitation. I believe that we are strongest together, like oak trees connected at the roots, sustaining each other in the midst of storms. For a tree to be healthy (a community in our case) there must be nourishment. Racial equity, safety and economic justice – including livable wages, affordable housing and transportation, and healthy food – are essential elements for a thriving community of residents, business owners and public officials. When any element is out of harmony, the others are threatened and so I have dedicated myself to living through love, encouraging self-determination and supporting grassroots leadership. In the forests of our lives every tree matters. Each has a purpose and holds the stories of our collective truth. I like to think of us all as birds of the same tree complete with our unique languages, traditions, struggles and solutions. I am excited to join Claire (Bergren) and Kennedy (Willis) and (am) grateful to gain them as colleagues."