Mayoral candidate Dorothy Brown Listening Tour in southeast communities yields calls to restore Washington era reforms
Nearly 100 residents from Avalon Park, South Chicago, Burnside, Calumet Heights, South Shore, South Chicago, South Dearing, East Side, Hegewisch, and South Shore offer that gains of Washington administration have been whittled away
(CHICAGO) – September 21, 2018 – When Mayoral Candidate Dorothy Brown took her “Listening Tour” to the communities of the Southeast side, several participants invoked the name of the late Mayor Harold Washington and admonished the current administration for implementing policies that set back Washington era gains that improved neighborhoods and helped the poor. Nearly 100 attendees from the communities of Avalon Park, South Chicago, Burnside, Calumet Heights, South Shore, South Chicago, South Dearing, East Side, Hegewisch, and South Shore joined Brown as she continued her tours across the city, and signed petitions for her name to be placed on the ballot for Mayor of Chicago.
The event was held at Urban Communiversity, 9101 S. Jeffrey and attendees brought a litany of concerns to the table for the candidate to document. Among the residents’ concerns:
- Restoration of social and emotional education in CPS, which invoked emotional applause from the audience.
- Fair and equitable opportunity to compete and secure construction contracts. It was noted that in the midst of a building boom in the city minorities are not seen on construction sites. This was especially highlighted as it relates to the Obama Library project. Also, pathways should be created for people in trade schools to be trained to get contracts or be placed on a fast track to get hired on projects.
- It was noted that contract fees are too high and incentives should be created for investors willing to build in distressed communities.
- Again invoking the legacy of Mayor Harold Washington, it was noted that he launched the TIFF fund for the betterment of all communities. Mayor Emanuel now manages the fund leaving poor communities with unsafe abandoned and boarded up buildings.
- Residents railed against city fines and fees that have long been reported on to be disproportionately accessed in communities of color.
- Police brutality was another oft repeated topic discussed by residents, as well as how to close the disparity gap between high quality schools on Northside and low quality schools on south and west side. One resident offered that gifted child programs in schools must be restored.
Prior to the meeting Candidate Brown walked the neighborhood to meet and interact with residents.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.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.
Despite the shifting landscape in the Mayor’s race, Candidate Brown has been firm in her commitment to the city of Chicago and will not let those she terms “Johnny and Jackie come latelys” deter her from her vision of a unified and prosperous Chicago.
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.