22 hours ago

Updated 16 hours ago

Take the Survey-Life Under Mayor Emanuel

Please read the following NY Times article and respond to the survey about what life is like under Emanuel. The survey comes after the 4th paragraph of the article.

In Challenger, a Chastening for Emanuel
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/26/us/chicago-mayor-rahm-emanuel-jesus-garcia.html?_r=0

  • Daniel - North Lawndale - 2006 MBA - DePaul - Informations Systems

    I took the survey Valerie. I think the real challenge any Mayor of Chicago is going to have is finding a way to blend the measure of this city proportionally as it is made up. We currently are nearly a perfect 1/3 of Blk, Wht, and Hispanic but we have...

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    I took the survey Valerie. I think the real challenge any Mayor of Chicago is going to have is finding a way to blend the measure of this city proportionally as it is made up. We currently are nearly a perfect 1/3 of Blk, Wht, and Hispanic but we have disproportionate living and wealth throughout Chicago. These can simply not be haphazard and without decades of design; and until we find the person whom can make the tough choices to bring about that slow fundamental change we are going to have division in this city. I don't necessarily fault Emanuel on the school closings because many of them have displayed a systemic problem of failing the youth for years. i do fault him for not doing more than just saving the money that was being wasted there and offering better choices for those kids and their families. The problem here is the only way you can merge is by a blending of equals and how do you do that with such obvious class differences and in 4 years. So many people play the system on both sides it just seems as if it will take an equal number of generations to abate the problem as it did in creating it.

Feb 20 2012

Updated 5 days ago

North Lawndale's Future

At last Thursday’s 24t ward alderman’s meeting, we were informed that a new food mart/liquor store was attempting to open at 19th and Pulaski. The businessman was on hand to answer questions. Luckily, there were community members of stature there to voice opposition. The businessman was asked where his other stores were located, so that we could see their effects on the surrounding neighborhood. This question was only partially answered with a location given in Franklin Park.
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At last Thursday’s 24t ward alderman’s meeting, we were informed that a new food mart/liquor store was attempting to open at 19th and Pulaski. The businessman was on hand to answer questions. Luckily, there were community members of stature there to voice opposition. The businessman was asked where his other stores were located, so that we could see their effects on the surrounding neighborhood. This question was only partially answered with a location given in Franklin Park.
We were told that the liquor commission would poll the residents within 250 feet of the proposed site for their approval. 250 feet!. A new liquor store affects an area much larger than 250 feet, not only physically but also in terms of how our neighborhood is perceived. We are all a part of North Lawndale and these things affect us all.
Recently, we were informed that a new, unsecured residential center for at risk youth would be built in our community. Again we were told that the surrounding neighborhood was polled and approval was given. As was the case with the liquor store, we were told that this facility would bring jobs. But at what cost? It seems that we are perceived as being so desperate that we will accept anything, just as long as we get to eat whatever scraps society decides to throw at us. What kind of North Lawndale do we want?
We send our children to school with the hope that they will prosper in life. Once that prosperity comes, where will they live? Where will they want to live? Are we preparing North Lawndale for the prosperity of our children or for more decay?
At every opportunity, we need to let our elected officials know that we will not accept any more scraps that are thrown our way. We must let them and everyone else know that we have standards and that those standards call for the betterment of North Lawndale, not just more of the same.

  • Rochelle North Lawndale Resident since 1959

    Thanks Seth, it showed up as a new post on my end. Go figure!

    The store on 19th & Pulaski is still in question though, because it always looks like it's about to open.

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    Me too! Thought someone,resurrected the issue.

5 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

The disappeared: Chicago police detain Americans at abuse-laden 'black site'

This is a very interesting article.

The Chicago police department operates an off-the-books interrogation compound, rendering Americans unable to be found by family or attorneys while locked inside what lawyers say is the domestic equivalent of a CIA black site.

The facility, a nondescript warehouse on Chicago’s west side known as Homan Square, has long been the scene of secretive work by special police units. Interviews with local attorneys and one protester who spent the better part of a day shackled in Homan Square describe operations that deny access to basic constitutional rights. Read more at http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/feb/24/chicago-police-detain-americans-black-site

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    I read about this on my way home tonight. While not surprising, it is scary and sad

  • SIR SEL OF NORTH LAWNDALE AND BEYOND I'm a community filth and fear fighter

    I just learned another profound, new word while reading "SLAVERY BY ANOTHER NAME": phantasmagoric, which means illusion and is aptly applied to this building that has had a tremendous tectonic impact on us. Did any of our elected officials have knowledge of the internal workings of the building?

Dec 21

Updated Feb 20

Video

Our team has been busy, working for you; working for the community. The Power of Community, Build it in North Lawndale.

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  • My appeal for people to vote wasn't meant for you, Daniel, it was a generic appeal. From the nature of your postings, it's obvious that you are civically engaged.
    One group briefly discussed a debate, but chose to go with the forum. Perhaps we can revisit this option in 4 years.

  • Daniel - North Lawndale - 2006 MBA - DePaul - Informations Systems

    The debate just seems like it would have been an excellent idea following the last run off election between Chandler and Dixon. If I remember correctly we had a field of 18 candidates and if we could somehow limit that field earlier we might get people to focus on real...

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    The debate just seems like it would have been an excellent idea following the last run off election between Chandler and Dixon. If I remember correctly we had a field of 18 candidates and if we could somehow limit that field earlier we might get people to focus on real approaches to issues and not be so distracted by personality. Even this year it seems as if all the candidates are saying the same thing and not sure if that is a strategy or just trying to hold par and hope they appeal to the few that really go out and vote. I mean we all know school, crime, and unemployment are the big issues but, strategy and tactical approach needs to be realistic and diligent.

Feb 17

It's never too late to learn - get ready for election day

Learn more about the aldermanic candidates on the ballot with this video from a forum hosted by the Chicago Westside Branch NAACP: http://ow.ly/Je7S7

Jun 27 2012

Updated Jan 14

Presidential Library

Several months ago, I proposed that North Lawndale campaign to get the Barack Obama Presidential Library located here. That idea was quickly dismissed because Hyde Park seemed like THE logical place for it. There is a serious discussion about why it should NOT be at (or maybe even near?) the University of Chicago. Think of what a presidential library could do for our neighborhood. Take a look at this interview from channel 11. http://chicagotonight.wttw.com/2012/06/26/u-c-prof-obamas-library-should-stay-away

If you agree, now is the time to start campaigning for its placement here.

  • Can we get a national campaign going for the west side? There are "North Lawndales" all over the country that are overlooked. This can help change focus. Here is what I'm sending to all of my out of town contacts.

    I am trying to get support for a project which...

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    Can we get a national campaign going for the west side? There are "North Lawndales" all over the country that are overlooked. This can help change focus. Here is what I'm sending to all of my out of town contacts.

    I am trying to get support for a project which can have national significance. There are campaigns going on to get President Obama's presidential library built near the University of Chicago's campus (south side of the city). The Obama's have many ties to that area so people tend to conclude that that is where it will be.
    However, the west side of Chicago tends to be the poorer area. It is also an old area of the city. It is where Dr King moved to and lived in 1966 to make a difference. However, after his assasination, the area sank deeper into dysfunction.
    President Obama has been inextricably linked with Dr. King. What a public and permanent sign of honor and respect to help fulfill Dr. King's mission here on the westside of Chicago.
    Imagine the impact that could make on depressed areas all over the country. Think of how much history could be preserved. We need suggestions, email and letter writing campaigns from across the country asking the Obama's to consider placing his presidential library on the west side of Chicago.

    http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local&id=8953440

  • Daniel, I was looking at some old postings. I like the way you think. If you have not already, please join our Facebook page:
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/North-Lawndale-Presidential-Library/366984393416815?ref=hl

Jan 11

Updated Jan 12

Presidential Library Complaint

I’ve recently heard complaints that the University of Chicago (U of C) should not have a do-over with its bid. The argument is that everybody’s bid response was due on December 11, 2014 and that those bids should stand as-is. My understanding of the process is that after receiving the responses, the Foundation would contact the bidders for additional information and to clear up any concerns. I don’t think U of C should be disqualified because they don’t own any...

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I’ve recently heard complaints that the University of Chicago (U of C) should not have a do-over with its bid. The argument is that everybody’s bid response was due on December 11, 2014 and that those bids should stand as-is. My understanding of the process is that after receiving the responses, the Foundation would contact the bidders for additional information and to clear up any concerns. I don’t think U of C should be disqualified because they don’t own any of the land that they are proposing. I think they should have never proposed Chicago’s parkland in the first place. That should help U of C lose, not disqualify them. I’m not looking for anyone’s disqualification. I do expect the process to be based on merits. On that basis, North Lawndale would prevail. I have faith in our site and the Foundation’s process. http://www.obamapresidentialfoundation.org/news/the-barack-obama-foundation-releases-request-for-qualifications

  • Valerie F. Leonard Lawndale Community Builder and Policy Analyst

    Thanks for sharing that, Sel. Who is the "they" you mentioned in your statement above?

  • SIR SEL OF NORTH LAWNDALE AND BEYOND I'm a community filth and fear fighter

    "They" are the North Lawndale Adult Transitional Center. They didn't literally say it; that was me using my literary creativity and stuff, but I have the juice to make it happen.

Jan 09

OPL Public Meeting

There are 2 public meetings concerning the University of Chicago’s plans to take Chicago Park District land for its Presidential Library bid. It would probably be a good idea if the Westside attended these meetings.
A meeting to discuss Jackson Park will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Hyde Park Academy High School, 6220 S. Stony Island Ave. Washington Park will be discussed at noon on Jan. 14 at the park’s field house, 5531 S. Martin Luther King Drive.
I hope that anyone who goes to these meetings keeps in mind that we are trying to respectfully convince the Obama's that North Lawndale is the place to build. With that in mind, I hope that we conduct ourselves accordingly.

Jan 08

Updated Jan 09

  • SIR SEL OF NORTH LAWNDALE AND BEYOND I'm a community filth and fear fighter

    I appreciated your article, Paul, but I need to hear from you regarding the hearings next week. Our presence needs to be felt, as never before. The mayor needs to explain why both hearings are being held on the Southside.

  • The 2 scheduled meetings on the Southside are to address the city's plans to confiscate acres of Southside park district land for the OPL. The Southside seems to be the logical place for these meetings.

    However, the status of Chicago's 2 bids certainly affects us and we should be there....

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    The 2 scheduled meetings on the Southside are to address the city's plans to confiscate acres of Southside park district land for the OPL. The Southside seems to be the logical place for these meetings.

    However, the status of Chicago's 2 bids certainly affects us and we should be there.

    Also, the destruction of our parklands should be a concern of all Chicagoans.

    I hope that anyone who goes to these meetings keeps in mind that we are trying to respectfully convince the Obama's that North Lawndale is the place to build. With that in mind, I hope that we conduct ourselves accordingly.

Jan 07

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