“Who Owns West Woodlawn?” Focus Of Community Forum
Join Blacks in Green
Professor Timuel Black
Tom Tresser – JR Fleming – Mark Fick – Jeff Leslie
“Who Owns West Woodlawn?”
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Dyett High School
555 E 51st St
Chicago, IL 60615
And The Neighbors and Elders of West Woodlawn, Bronzeville
As We Convene With Land Use Scholars, Activists, And Practitioners
Committed To Restoring/Recirculating Wealth Stripped From Our Neighborhoods
By Decades Of Spatial Deconcentration Policies
courtesy of Popi’s Ultimate Gourmet
Song stylings courtesy of Madeline Morgan
RSVP – [email protected] – 773.678.9541
Together we’ll explore concept and concrete application of a “City of Villages” approach to reinventing Chicago – sustainable square miles where every household can “walk-to-work, walk-to-shop, walk-to-learn, walk-to-play” – anchored by neighbor-owned businesses and driven by community controlled development. This “walkable village” offers a whole-system solution for the whole-system problem common to black communities everywhere – specifically designed to address the “rape and rescue” cycle of real estate development in black communities and the gaping wealth disparities it creates and perpetuates…but also to explore the universal value of BIG’s 8 Principles of Green-Village-Building and the example of its pilot of 8 inter-woven programs in West Woodlawn.
Billions in tax dollars have been invested to produce today’s West Woodlawn ghetto, and billions in like communities across the country. These investments have been characterized by race-based dispersal, market manipulations, government sanctioned mortgage fraud, subsidized violence, guaranteed profits to slum lords, reduced community services accompanied by increased property taxes, and other discriminatory financial schemas…in conspiracies between lenders, appraisers, brokers, contractors, lawyers, judges, housing agencies, and those accountable for the infrastructures and institutions of civil society, including universities, hospitals, churches, trade unions, industry, and philanthropy. But we’re not focused on that.
Our focus is the first economy, the home economy, and increasing household income. Our focus is our stand for the “local living economy” as an environmental, financial, and spiritual solution for black communities; for understanding the metrics of our status today; and for mobilizing our power to start now, with or without funding, barring the leadership of adversaries, and deliver participatory, transparent, equitable, and accountable development plans and financing here in one quintessential legacy community of our Great Migration ancestors – whose inheritance some of us have squandered – and to rise and restore our place in the world.
Join BIG’s Institute For Community Controlled Development in its 3rd convening, and listen, speak, act!!!
Topic: How to avoid the displacement of gentrification
Facilitated by: Jeff Leslie and Sarah Iftekhar, University of Chicgo Law School
Discussing: community land trust, Chicago Community Land Trust, Cook County Land Bank, Chicago’s ANLAP Program [vacant lot next door]
Topic: How to own, develop, and manage your village properties
Facilitated by: Mark Fick, Chicago Community Loan Fund
Discussing: CCLF programs, alternative ownership models
Topic: How to decipher political actions/trends impacting West Woodlawn
Facilitated by: Tom Tresser, The Civic Lab
Discussing: tracking government actions, including City Council, Plan Commission, Finance & Zoning Committees
Topic: How to fight back against the banks
Facilitated by: JR Fleming, Chicago Anti Eviction Campaign
Discussing: keeping your home, and preserving affordable housing
During and after this program BIG will serve you with articles, legislation, statistics, maps, and a spectrum of information to inform your decision-making. Our official BIG BLOG will launch in January, with running commentary on breaking and stewing news to brighten self-interested action, here in the “walkable village,” in The City of Villages, the future Chicago.