Concerns about mental health care, quality education, affordable health care and housing take center stage during mayoral candidate Dorothy Brown’s “Listening Tour” in Englewood
(CHICAGO) – August 9, 2018 –When Mayoral candidate Dorothy Brown took her “Listening Tour” to the southwest side communities of Englewood, West Englewood, Chicago Lawn, West Lawn, Clearing, Fuller Park, Gage Park, and West Elsdon on Tuesday evening residents shared a litany of concerns with her. From reinstating sports and arts programs that have been decimated in the CPS system; to feeling like prisoners in their own homes because of crime, they had lots to offer about ways to improve their community. This event was held at on Zion Temple Missionary Baptist Church on South Union Street.
The issue of mental health, discussed at previous forums, was of concern to the residents who offered that the clinics serving the community have been closed, records are lost in the process of the closings, and there is no continuity of care. One mother shared how she was working to cultivate a promising swimming career for her daughter, who is ranked in the state, but she is fearful because of the violence in the community. Providing affordable housing, good health care, and assisting the formerly incarcerated in securing livable wage jobs was also discussed.
This week, Brown shared her own solutions about violence in the communities in the wake of the unprecedented surge of shootings over the weekend.“I know there is no quick fix for this issue, and yes there must be more done to stop the flow of guns into our city, but most importantly we must fix the social ills that plague our city. These same youth that are engaged in this violence must be provided a high-quality education, there must be fair and equitable economic development for all neighborhoods that lead to jobs. They must have an alternative to crime. They must be able to take care of their families.”
As with her past events, Brown met and interacted with residents to introduce herself to the community during a neighborhood ‘walk around’ where she invited them to attend the session.
Her next “Listening Tour” event will be held Tuesday, August 14 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. at Robles De Justica, 4013 W. Armitage Ave. Communities invited include Humboldt Park, West Town, Hermosa, Belmont Craigin, Mount Claire, Dunnings, Irving Park and Portage Park.
On September 11 she will visit the communities of South Lawndale, Brighton Park, New City, Lower Westside, McKinley Park, Garfield Ridge and Archer Heights. That event will be held at Lincoln Methodist Church, 2242 S. Damen from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
When Dorothy Brown announced her candidacy for Mayor of the city of Chicago this past April, she vowed to be a Mayor for all of Chicago. She stressed that in order for Chicago to be a world-class city, leaders must be informed and motivated by the needs and wishes of their constituents. Brown believes to make better choices for the entire city, residents must be heard and their opinions must be included as she sets her goals for the city of Chicago. Citizens may visit www.dorothyformayorto learn more about the “Listening Tour” or to share their opinions and concerns.
For those who cannot attend in person, you can visit www.dorothyformayor.comto share your thoughts. A full “Listening Tour” schedule is included on the website.
For more information on Dorothy Brown’s campaign, visit her website atwww.dorothyformayor.com. You can also follow the campaign on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram, @dorothyformayor.Join the conversation using #Hope4AllChicago, #ListeningTour. You may also contribute to the campaign using Text2Give – ChicagoHope to 444999.