Listening Tour in lower west side communities was rife with both emotion and jubilance

Mayoral candidate Dorothy Brown Listening Tour in lower west side communities was rife with both emotion and jubilance

Residents from South Lawndale, Brighton Park, New City, Lower Westside, McKinley Park, Garfield Ridge, and Archer Heights share struggles and offer prayers

(CHICAGO) – September 12, 2018 – During a “Listening Tour” unlike any other she has presided over since announcing her candidacy for Mayor of Chicago, Dorothy Brown saw equal parts raw emotion and jubilance when addressing residents from the communities of South Lawndale, Brighton Park, New City, Lower Westside, McKinley Park, Garfield Ridge, and Archer Heights. Held on Tuesday, September 11 at Lincoln United Methodist Church the audience was overflowing with community members who shared their stories of both challenge and triumph as residents of the city of Chicago.

A tearful participant offered how she was part of a team of 52 workers downsized from doing janitorial work for a city entity and how several years later she has not been able to recover from the job loss or find work at a living wage that offers health benefits. She openly sobbed when relating her diagnosis with tumors and how she is struggling to get appropriate care. Another audience member spoke about the lack of services for Gold Star families and how they too deal with issues related to PTSD. Another audience member railed about the sexual abuse scandal in CPS and the need for better leadership there. Some professionals shared with the candidate that life expectancy in their community is 20 years less than the average resident of Chicago.

However, the audience was ebullient about the potential for a Dorothy Brown mayoral administration and literally cheered her candidacy several times during the evening. At the end of the night, they formed a circle around the candidate offering prayers for her and her family as she seeks the office.

Candidate Brown kicked off her series of Listening tours in June of this year and to date has visited over 50 communities across the city. Issues common to many of Brown’s “Listening Tour” stops included police brutality, violence, unemployment, and high property taxes all issues they want to see addressed by the next Mayor of the city of Chicago. Each of Candidate Brown’s meetings are documented, and the information gathered will be used to help formulate Brown’s platform for moving the city of Chicago forward.

The next “Listening Tour” will encompass the Southeast side communities of Avalon Park, South Chicago, Burnside, Calumet Heights, South Shore, South Chicago, South Dearing, East Side, Hegewisch, and South Shore and be held at Urban Communiversity on September 18 from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm.

Citizens may visit www.dorothyformayorto learn more about the “Listening Tour” or to share their opinions and concerns. A full “Listening Tour” schedule is included on the website. 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.

 

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