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Archive for May, 2018

Black Athletes, Entertainers and the Black Community Love/Hate Relationship With the Plantation

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By Terrance Amen

Founder and CEO of 3Ufirst FPC

Terrance Amen

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — If Black people only knew their value, we wouldn’t have all the major problems we have today. What problems, unemployment or jobs that pay us less than our white counterparts for doing the same job, schools that treat our children different when it comes to punishment and graduating those who can barely read and only teaches our history of slavery and civil rights, which we’re still fighting for today. Healthcare that discriminates based on the color of our skin, banks that deny us loans or when we get loans, they’re subprime or higher rates than our white counterparts.

These are but a few of the problems in our community that we could solve, if we only knew our value and worked together. These are just some of the things we complain about every day, but refuse to come together to solve them. We go into debt to get a good education, in order to get a good job, where we have to act, look and sound different than if we were around our own people. But we complain about all these things, but won’t work together to create or support our businesses.

Now you have this new NFL owners rule that doesn’t allow our players to protest to draw attention to the injustices we face every day. But the NFL is 70% Black, yet they refuse to stand together, in order to help make serious changes for our community. If just half of the 70% would have supported Colin Kaepernick when he first drew attention to the injustices in our community, the owners wouldn’t dare put this rule in place. But our players are so afraid of losing their money and fame, they won’t stand up for what’s right. Don’t they realize who the fans are coming to see?

But they would rather work on the plantation and take whatever is dished out to them. The NBA which is 80% Black is no better, along with entertainers. This is why I say we don’t know our value. Our ancestors can’t be resting peacefully, considering they gave their lives and careers in order to make our lives better, and to have us only remember them on their birth or death day, rather than practicing what they preached. Every year we celebrate Dr. King, Malcolm X and to a lesser degree, the Honorable Marcus Garvey along with the many others who focused on the solutions rather than the problems.

We have the solutions to our problems, we only need to work together in order to solve them. Let us not pass down to another generation the lack of respect and value we have for ourselves. Let us at least give them options so they can have choices. Let’s focused on the solutions rather than the problems, and the most important one is Black Unity.

For more information on how we can solve the problems in our community, watch the short video called The Real Solution, on www.3ufirst.com


Terrance Amen is founder and CEO of 3Ufirst FPC, created to end the major problems in the African American community, by bringing some of the trillion dollars we spend every year,
outside our community, back to our community. Based on his book, “Black Unity: The Total Solution to Financial Independence and Happiness”. For more information, go to www.3ufirst.com.

 

California Lawmakers Seek to Strengthen Police Use-of-Force Law…And More

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California Lawmakers Seek to Strengthen Police Use-of-Force Law

In response to Sacramento police officers’ killing of Stephon Clark, California lawmakers Shirley Weber and Kevin McCarty introduced The Police Accountability and Community Protection Act (AB-931), reports The Nation. The legislation would tighten the guidelines regarding when officers can use lethal force, raising the standard from “reasonable force” to “necessary force.” The bill would allow officers to take deadly action “only when it is necessary to prevent imminent and serious bodily injury or death” and if there is no reasonable alternative—such as verbal persuasion or de-escalation. Research on 97 of the 100 largest police departments across the country by Campaign Zero, an organization dedicated to eradicating police killings, has shown that departments strengthening use-of-force standards reduced killings by police by 25%.

The Los Angeles Police Protective League, Peace Officer’s Research Association of California, and the Sacramento Police Officers Association have all come out against the proposed legislation. Peter Bibring of the ACLU of California, whose team helped write AB-931, notes: “Police unions have been writing the laws for decades so as to protect officers. This [bill] is the community finally asking to have their voice heard.”

Incarceration

Latinos Remain Overrepresented in Texas Solitary Confinement

Although the Texas prison system has reduced the number of individuals held in solitary confinement by 4,000 over the past decade, Chron reports that Latinos remain overrepresented. According to data from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Latinos, African Americans, and whites each comprise roughly one-third of Texas’s prison population. But Latinos make up about half of those in administrative segregation, though their share of the solitary population decreased by 3 percentage points between 2008 and 2017. African Americans’ share of the population in administrative segregation grew from 18% in 2008 to 25% in 2017.

Criminalization of Latino Residents in Montgomery County, NY

In 2015, New York State’s Montgomery County had a jail incarceration rate that was double that of New York City, reports the Vera Institute of Justice. While New York City’s jail incarceration rate dropped 60% since 1991, the rate in rural upstate New York increased by 66%, writes Jack Norton. Montgomery County’s political leaders and criminal justice practitioners pursued policies that filled the county’s large jail, newly built in the 1990s, and disproportionately filled it with the region’s Latino residents, most of whom live in the small deindustrialized city of Amsterdam.

“I made a lot of money for the city,” says Howard Aison, Amsterdam City Court’s now retired judge. Aison had a policy of imposing maximum fines in every case and jailing people who did not pay. While the county’s jail incarceration rate has decreased by 30% under his replacement, Judge Lisa Lorman, many residents now believe that “Amsterdam is a city where Latino people are routinely harassed by the police.” Forty two percent of the county’s Latinos live in poverty. In 2014, Amsterdam’s City Council outlawed playing basketball “on or near city streets.” A resident of Amsterdam’s historically Latino neighborhood observed: “The YMCA is gone now. So the kids play basketball on the streets. Then they made basketball on the streets illegal, and I would actually see police in this neighborhood out ticketing people for basketball.” Reflecting on the area’s current criminal justice problems, Aison underscores the need for more media attention: “People do whatever they want. No one is watching.”

Bail

African Americans Paid Most of the $6.4 Million in Money Bail in New Orleans

African Americans in New Orleans are arrested at two and a half times the rate of whites and are less likely to be able to make bail, resulting in 87% of the city’s jail population being black, reports The Times-Picayune. “We’re using public money to suck private money out of the poorest communities to get results that are failing,” said Flozell Daniels Jr., an author of a new report by The Data Center. The city’s African Americans paid 84% of the $6.4 million dollars in bond premiums and associated fees in 2015, according to research by the Vera Institute of Justice. Daniels and co-authors Jon Wool and Benjamin Weber encourage New Orleans to follow the leadership of Washington, DC, New Mexico, and New Jersey and move away from money-based detention.

The city has made strides towards reform in recent years. Judges have increased the number of arrested people they release on their own recognizance, which requires no up-front payment. Last year, the City Council required the Sheriff’s Office to release most people upon being booked. This summer, courts will implement the Public Safety Assessment Model, a tool that will help judges better determine who poses a public-safety risk.

Policing

Resident Complaints Do Not Explain New York City’s Marijuana Arrest Disparities

African Americans have been arrested on low-level marijuana charges at eight times the rate of whites over the past three years in New York City, reports the New York Times. Latinos have been arrested at five times the rate of whites. In a recent testimony to lawmakers, a senior police official attributed this disparity to more frequent police complaints about marijuana from residents of predominantly black and Latino neighborhoods. People in poor neighborhoods may be more likely to make marijuana-related police calls because they are less likely to have a responsive landlord, building superintendent, or co-op board member who can field their complaints. However, The Times found that among neighborhoods where residents made similar rates of marijuana police calls, the police made arrests at higher rates in areas with more people of color. Although New York City’s marijuana possession arrests have declined to half of their level under the previous mayor, there are still 17,000 such arrests each year.

In response to The Times’ analysis, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the police would overhaul their marijuana enforcement policy within 30 days to “end unnecessary arrests.” The District Attorneys of Manhattan and Brooklyn are also considering plans to stop prosecuting the vast majority of people arrested on low-level marijuana charges. James P. O’Neill, police commissioner, said he would convene a working group to review marijuana enforcement tactics.

School Discipline

Civil Rights Enforcement May Drop Under DeVos

Though racial and ethnic disparities in school punishment grew worse in the 2015-2016 school year, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights may be stepping back from investigating racially disparate enforcement of school discipline policies. Youth of color are more likely to receive harsher punishments—such as out-of-school suspension and expulsion—for equivalent behaviors as their white peers, and are more likely to be arrested in school for those behaviors. A recent study by the Government Accountability Office found that these disparities “persisted regardless of the type of disciplinary action, level of school poverty, or type of public school attended.” Researchers from Princeton University also found that LGBTQ students are punished more harshly than their counterparts.

Thirteen-year old Trah’Vaeziah Jackson’s experience of being sent to juvenile detention for horseplay at school in Bryan, Texas illustrates this problem. The Obama administration’s Office of Civil Rights had investigated the treatment of youth of color in Bryan, but was unable to complete a settlement with the school district before Trump appointees assumed control. As Mother Jones and ProPublica report, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has indicated that “she may soon reverse Obama-era guidelines on disparate impact and school discipline, and her hires have signaled this policy shift.”

AFSCME Endorses Pritzker for Governor

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AFSCME People Committee Endorses Pritzker for Governor

 

The AFSCME PEOPLE Committee voted unanimously to endorse J.B. Pritzker for governor and Juliana Stratton for lieutenant governor. The PEOPLE Committee, comprised of rank-and-file union members from every part of the state, met April 27 to follow up on a resolution unanimously adopted at AFSCME Council 31’s biennial convention last October which committed our organization to work to defeat Bruce Rauner.

“Bruce Rauner has caused conflict, refused to compromise and can’t be trusted. Working families are unquestionably worse off now than when he took office,” AFSCME Council 31 Executive Director Roberta Lynch said.

“Repairing the damage done by Rauner is a big job. Illinois needs leaders like J.B. and Juliana who will bring people together and who care about working families,” Lynch said. “They’ve taken the time to travel the state and to listen to working people. They know the importance of public services and they value the women and men who provide those services in our communities every day. We look forward to working with J.B. and Juliana to rebuild our state.”

“I’m honored to have the support of AFSCME and the tens of thousands of workers it represents in Illinois,” Pritzker said. “While Bruce Rauner undercuts our workers and attacks their families at every chance, I will restore the respect our public service workers deserve. I will defend collective bargaining rights for our unions and protect hard earned pensions. With the support of AFSCME members throughout Illinois, we will build on our statewide, grassroots campaign that is ready to put Springfield back on the side of working families and get our state back on track.”

Union members on the committee shared their views on the endorsement of Pritzker and Stratton.

“Everybody who works for a living has been harmed by Bruce Rauner. We need someone who will sit down with everyone and come up with solutions that are fair,” said Garry Cacciapaglia, a water plant operator in Rockford. “J.B. has already gone out and built bonds with many different groups all over the state. We’re excited to stand together to beat Bruce Rauner.”

“For working people tired of the last three-plus years of Bruce Rauner attacking us and never being on our side, J.B. Pritzker will bring dramatic and welcome change. For state employees, I believe J.B. will be someone who’s open and willing to work together and treat us fairly,” said Stephen Mittons, a child protective investigator in Chicago. “J.B. has a progressive platform to raise the revenue Illinois needs from those who can afford it.”

“Bruce Rauner starved universities, doing incalculable damage to university employees and the students we serve. We need a governor who will prioritize higher education,” said Ellen Larrimore, an archivist at Northeastern Illinois University. “I know that J.B. Pritzker believes in funding public higher education and understands the important role it plays in our state.”

“Under Rauner we’ve had to fight just to get a living wage. He doesn’t understand the work we do and never walked in our shoes,” said Yolanda Woods, a caregiver for children with disabilities in Springfield. “We need someone like J.B. Pritzker who’s compassionate enough to take the time and understand a single mother who works two jobs and still can’t make ends meet. We need someone who’s willing to stand up for what’s right and get the job done.”

Mitchelville, South Carolina to Host Annual Juneteenth Celebration

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Mitchelville is a City Rich With Black Heritage – Confirms Plans for the Annual Juneteenth Celebration

 

Mitchelville, SC (BlackNews.com) — Mitchelville Preservation Project has confirmed an expansive celebration of the 2018 Juneteenth Celebration presented by Historic Mitchelville Freedom Park on Hilton Head Island. The Celebration will reveal new interactive experiences that are significant to the era of Mitchelville in the Reconstruction Era, plus a live performance by Ranky Tanky Admission tickets for the Juneteenth Celebration are $10 for general admission, free for children 10 and under. The 2018 Juneteenth Celebration presented Historic Mitchelville Freedom Park will be Saturday, June 15-16, 2018 in various locations in Historic Mitchelville on Hilton Head Island, S.C.

The 2018 Juneteenth Celebration presented by Historic Mitchelville Freedom Park will feature a headline performance by the band Ranky Tanky. Ranky Tanky released their eponymous debut on Oct. 20th, 2017. By December of that year, the group had been profiled on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross and their album soared to the #1 position on the Billboard, iTunes, and Amazon Jazz Charts. Additional features of the 2018 Juneteenth Celebration will include a showing of “Language You Cry In,” a traditional drum call and ceremony, community Fish Fry, a soul-stirring performance by Marlena Smalls and the Hallelujah Singers, a historical re-enactment from a local favorite Cora Miller and more. As in past years the annual celebration will highlight the art, food and music customs of the people of Mitchelville.

Like Mitchelville’s freedom story, Juneteenth is a similar story. Also referred to as Emancipation Day or Freedom Day, Juneteenth is a holiday in the United States that commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in June 1865 throughout the Confederate South. The immediate differences in the two stories end there, as the Juneteenth story embodies the perseverance of people who struggled to gain independence compared to Mitchelville, a thriving community on Hilton Head in Mitchelville.

Explore Mitchelville in the Reconstruction Era at the Juneteenth Celebration, a family friendly event in the park. Food and beverages will be available for purchase, but only limited seating is available, so chairs are encouraged. In addition to the onstage artistic display, local artist will be on site selling art create to depict traditional Lowcountry life. All tickets and event details are available at www.exploremitchelville.org.

For more information about Juneteenth Celebration or Historic Mitchelville Freedom Park, call 843-255-7300 or go to www.exploremitchelville.org.

Rep. Flowers & Rep. Harper Working to End Childhood Hunger in Local Schools

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SPRINGFIELD, IL – With more than 13 million children nationwide living in food insecure homes, a measure supported by state Rep. Mary E. Flowers, D-Chicago, and state Rep. Sonya Harper, D-Chicago, aims to end childhood hunger in schools throughout the state of Illinois.

“Children are the innocent ones in these situations, so none of them deserve to go through their days hungry because their parents are struggling to afford lunch at school,” said Flowers. “If a child were in a home and were hungry from not eating adequately, the parents would immediately be arrested and have the children taken from them. This measure holds both parents and schools accountable for keeping children nourished. It ensures that children have the nutrition needed at school to take on their day, grow and develop to their best selves.”

Harper and Flowers are a chief co-sponsor and co-sponsor of Senate Bill 2428, respectively. The measure creates the “Hunger-Free Students’ Bill of Rights Act.” Under the act, meals are required to be given to children regardless of their ability to pay. This will ensure that children have the nutrition to be successful and focused. The act also prevents food shaming of students who cannot afford lunch to ensure they aren’t alienated.

“No child across Illinois should go to school on an empty stomach,” said Harper. “If our children are our future, then they deserve to be well-nourished and taken care of by their parents, teachers and schools to reach their full potential. Providing them with school meals they need will make students more productive and focused on doing the best they can each day.”

Flowers represents the 31st District, which includes portions of the Auburn-Gresham community in Chicago, Oak Lawn, Chicago Ridge, Countryside and others. For more information, please contact Rep. Flowers’ constituent service office at 773-471-5200 or email her at maryeflowers@ilga.gov.

Speaker Madigan: House Endorses a Fair Tax Plan That Cuts Middle-Class Taxes

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Speaker Madigan’s Statement on Fair Tax Plan:

 

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois House Speaker Michael J. Madigan issued the following statement after the House approved House Resolution 1025, endorsing a fair tax plan that cuts middle-class taxes while making millionaires and billionaires pay their fair share:

“Today’s vote was a promise to taxpayers that as we continue working toward a fair tax in Illinois our focus will be on cutting taxes on the middle class, putting more money in the pockets of working families, stimulating our economy and helping small businesses grow. The House Democrats backing this resolution stand ready to work with all of our colleagues to enact a fair tax plan like those currently in place in 33 states—including Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri and Indiana—and cutting taxes for most Illinoisans.

“But while our current tax structure unfairly forces hardworking families to pay a much larger share of their income in state taxes than corporate CEOs and hedge fund billionaires, Governor Rauner is willfully misleading taxpayers. He doesn’t want anyone to see that he’s blocking tax relief for the middle class, all in an effort to protect a special deal for millionaires and billionaires like himself.

“While much work remains to be done, it’s now time for anyone who is serious about cutting taxes for the middle class and growing our economy to come to the table and work with us to enact a fair tax.”

CTU Blasts Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s “Spin With Facts”

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By Jesse Sharkey
Vice President, Chicago Teachers Union

 

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his deep pocketed allies are sinking big bucks into a public relations campaign that attempts to rewrite the awful truth about his failed leadership of Chicago’s public schools. We’ve countered with a video of our own, #SameOldRahm, as part of our campaign to set the record straight on Emanuel’s deplorable education record. Check it out, share it and help get out the word that Rahm can’t run from his disgraceful record.

SameOldRahm

Emanuel also promised Tuesday to guarantee early childhood education for Chicago children – a day after damning news dropped about contract steering and corruption at CPS. Pre-K participation has actually nosedived by almost 20% since Rahm took office, and remaining programs have been grossly under-resourced — so we’ve taken aim at him for his pre-K double-talk, as well — including his new registration system that undermined parents’ attempts to enroll their kids.

Emanuel’s pre-K spin comes on the heels of a report that busted CPS for giving families in the city’s richest neighborhood special priority access to free, all-day preschool services, locking out children of poorer families. And he handed out over $1.1 million last month alone to Goldman Sacks and the other investors in his 2014 “social impact” bond deal to fund early childhood education, a move that could more than double investors’ dollars – and the costs to taxpayers.

To be blunt, we have a very bad boss. Yet we’ve held the line on his school privatization schemes, joined with allies and reporters to expose his fiscal and policy crimes, effectively challenged his despicable special education cuts, and are mounting strong contract actions and fightbacks across CPS. That’s a testament to our collective hard work, tireless advocacy and unity. Together, we can strengthen our fight to win the working conditions and the schools that our students and our members deserve — especially as we gear up for a contract fight this summer.

Jesse Sharkey
Vice President, Chicago Teachers Union

NIJC Condemns Ongoing ICE Surveillance and Arrest Operations in Chicago Area

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Urges Community Members to Exercise their Rights

 

CHICAGO, IL – U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers have arrested dozens of community members in Chicago and nearby suburbs in immigration enforcement operations since last weekend. The National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) believes that enforcement and surveillance operations are ongoing.

Recent reports reveal that officers who do not immediately identify themselves as ICE agents are making initial inquiries and requesting individuals’ identity documents. NIJC reminds all members of the community that they have the right to remain silent and should not open the door of their home or workplace unless ICE officers present a court-ordered warrant. If an individual is stopped by officers who do not identify themselves, he or she should ask whether they are under arrest and decline to answer questions.

NIJC denounces ICE’s surveilling and targeting of communities, which only serves to create fear in our neighborhoods and further overburden the immigration court system.

Individuals whose loved ones have been arrested and detained can contact NIJC’s detention team at detentionhelp@heartlandalliance.org, or may call the ICIRR Family Support Network Hotline at (855) 435-7693. Detained individuals can call NIJC collect at (312) 263-0901 on Tuesdays between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

View this statement online at: immigrantjustice.org/press-releases/nijc-condemns-ongoing-ice-surveillance-and-arrest-operations-chicago-area-urges


The National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) is a nongovernmental organization dedicated to ensuring human rights protections and access to justice for all immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers through a unique combination of direct services, policy reform, impact litigation and public education. Visit immigrantjustice.org and follow @NIJC.

Real Men Cook’s Father Day Celebration 2018 to Continue Commitment to Wellness

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Real Men Cook’s Father’s Day Celebration will continue its long tradition of serving healthy foods and promoting nutrition when it holds its annual event on Father’s Day:  Sunday, June 17 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.  The signature celebration will be held at Hales Franciscan High School, 4930 S. Cottage. Satellite events will be held at Trinity United Church of Christ in Gary, Indiana.  A Real Men Cook gala will also be held in the South Suburbs, hosted by Fathers and Blessings.  This celebration will be held on Saturday, June 16.

 

In making the announcement, Ayinde Cartman –- Executive Director – Real Men Charities — noted that this year’s celebration will mark the 29th anniversary of this iconic Father’s Day Celebration. He added that each site is committed to support Real Men Cook’s tradition to incorporate healthy foods into their food offerings.  So, in addition to barbecue ribs, and chicken, and other tasty tidbits, there will be salads, raw foods, grilled and roasted vegetables, fruits and baked fish and chicken.

 

Obari Cartman. PhD Psychology, and Real Men Charities, Inc.’s program manager, will provide programming and coordinate activities that align with the organization’s Men’s Wellness Sunday activities, which are offered from the Quarry Events Center from 11:00 – 1:30 each Sunday. During these weekly sessions, created by Dr. Cartman and Ayinde Cartman both master drummers, there is a for-men-only space to talk, or drum in a space provided to create peace and reduce trauma.  At the Real Men Cook celebration at Hales, Dr. Cartman will bring his wellness message to a broader audience. He will also share his curriculum and the organization’s mission to build healthy families and communities, with special focus on men and children.

 

Yvette Moyo and Kofi Moyo, co-founders, added that the University of Chicago Medicine, a presenting sponsor, will host a Health and Wellness Zone where doctors and support staff will participate in serving. The University of Chicago Medicine, a sponsor since 2008, will also serve nutritious fare as part of its commitment to serve healthy foods. Their sponsorship is also in keeping with the mission that Real Men Charities promotes.

 

Entrepreneur Ranoule “Flash” Tatum will promote prostate awareness as part of the health initiative. Tatum, a prostate cancer survivor, has held these informational forums since 1999. He credits the information with empowering men to be more prostate conscious and vigilant about their health. This vigilance translates into saving their lives.

 

Ms. Moyo noted that many health crises that disproportionately affect African Americans can be addressed through healthy eating, exercise and minor lifestyle adjustments.  With that as a mission, a select number of veteran event cooks will prepare healthy dishes that are good for maintaining heart health, preventing and managing diabetes, and addressing obesity.

 

Ayinde Cartman declared that Real Men Cook is proud to continue to bring the wellness message to this tribute to fathers because, he said, “healthy eating and a healthy lifestyle help save lives.”

 

For more information on Real Men Cook 2018, log on to www.realmencook.com

 

Not So Fast Alderman Harris: Battles Lost, but the War Rages On in the 8th Ward to Keep Your Trojan Horse Out!

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WE Don't Want It in the Pill Hill Community!By Pamela Bratcher-McMillan

The concerned citizens of the Pill Hill-Calumet Heights area have been getting the short end of the stick from City Hall. Obviously, there’s a secrecy about this 7 story low income senior housing project planned for 93rd to 94th and Stony Island seem to bring to mind. There was a mandate to push this project on the community without their input.

Since 2013, the 8th Ward Alderman did not find it necessary or important enough to hold meetings to apprise the community that would be most affected by this plan for a massive building being constructed by developers that don’t even live in the area to make money off the community. Other than some temporary construction jobs, there was mention of four jobs at the housing project. These weak arguments, including the small group of people that say 8th Ward residents are trying to keep our seniors from having a nice place to live are ludicrous.

Maybe the 8th Ward alderman does not live in the Calumet Heights/Pill Hill area, since she won’t lose any sleep over the fact that those that live in the area will. Who wants their peaceful way of living turned upside down by transient’s activity and a building that takes away the privacy and security of their family that they worked hard to attain?

Alderman Harris is not alderman of the whole 8th Ward. She is obviously the alderman for areas that allow her decisions to go unchallenged. Think about it. No one in the Pill Hill Community knew about the building coming until the Concerned Citizens of Calumet Heights brought it to their attention. Even after that, Alderman Harris would not attend several meetings she was invited to with the immediate community being affected by the building. Instead she fabricated stories about talking to the community and holding meetings with up to 15 people and pitted community members against each other with lies about reasons why the building wasn’t wanted nor needed by the immediate community. But she has a waiting list of a hundred people that obviously could not live in the area because no one knew about it in the immediate area.

Most people opposing the building location are seniors themselves. She had also been meeting with several block clubs over the past year, and never mentioned it to the block clubs affected by the area. It appears the block club meetings are to just keep her on their minds when election time comes around.

One 8th Ward resident noted that the alderman should be more concerned about potential squatters in the area. Still can’ t help but wonder why so much emphasis was put on other projects on her alderman website’s home page, but nothing about the low-income housing residence coming to take up valuable business real estate on Stony Island.

Amidst all of the national focus the city of Chicago is getting on being the most public corrupt city in the US and a recent expose by NBCChicago’s Carol Marin on Aldermen’s Michelle Harris & Walter Burnett questioning their use of “non-descriptive” campaign funds. By the way, $25,000 of Harris campaign funds came from an aforementioned developer she helped stealthfully spot zone into a community that doesn’t want it, because they want Stony Island land to be used for what it was created for – economic development and power within the community. Alternate areas within the 8th Ward, not in their business district, exist as well as research that was done by community activist Marcel Bright that proved there are plenty of senior home vacancies throughout the ward.

While Alderman Harris and her staff run back and forth trying to do damage control with a platform of continuous lies and manipulation of publications and radio media outlets, the community is pulling together for war. Attorneys are being sought, and new candidates for Alderman are being groomed to take on a position Alderman Harris obviously has no vision for or passion in. The community has awakened and they are looking for a team player. Michelle Harris has constantly proven in so many ways that she is not it.

Linda Hudson for Alderman of the 8th Ward

 

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