Chicago continues to see rampant violence and crime, poverty, failing public education, pushout, and other economic and social injustices. Leadership has failed to meaningfully include the voices of Black constituents in shaping policies and practices that encourage the change they claim to support.
Instead of strengthening trust between Chicago’s Black community and police, it has been further eroded as evidenced by the recent, botched raid of Anjanette Young’s residence. Activists and advocates from the Black community requested the creation of a task force to address these issues in February of 2020 but received no response from the mayor’s office.
Our goal is to protect and advocate on behalf of African American families who are stakeholders in our city. The persistence of the city’s injustices will have long-term, devastating effects on low-income communities and we will no longer stand for lost accountability. It’s time for the voices of families to be heard.
Both Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Teachers Union must develop new ways to bring greater transparency and parent/community input into their negotiations over safety and working conditions. Students and families must be the focus to rectify the abysmal proficiency rates, rising crime in the city and failure of remote…