Can We Stop the Disaster in Chicago?
We are in the midst of a gathering super-storm more powerful than Katrina or Sandy. More lives will be lost; more children harmed irreparably, and more families devastated than were in the two-mega storms combined.
Endemic, institutionalized poverty and racism in Chicago are an “unnatural” disaster in slow motion. This same argument about the 2013 Chicago Public School closings connects the events of the 1963 CPS Boycott, the 1995 Chicago heat wave in which over 700 people died, and recent years of high youth violence.
63 Boycott, a film exploring the 1963 campaign by CPS students, teachers and parents to desegregate Chicago schools has just launched a new interactive website to help connect filmmakers with participants in this historic movement. Check out the footage and stills, and if you do recognize any faces, be sure to get in touch.
If you do that, if you give ex-cons jobs to help rebuild their community, they start to care about it. They’d say, ‘Hey man, you ain’t fittin’ to be selling those drugs right here. We fixing this. We doing this. You know, give them the power back to their community. Give them the keys back to their community.