Tuesday, January 22 - Police Accountability in Chicago / Lincoln Yards Zoning Changes / Call Alderman Hopkins

Actions You Can Take Today

Action 1: TOMORROW - Police Accountability Town Hall

As a resident of Chicago, you are invited and encouraged to attend this Town Hall on Police Accountability to hear from Aldermanic candidates in the 40th, 46th, 47th, 48th, 49th, and 50th wards (Rogers Park, West Ridge, Edgewater, Andersonville, Uptown, North Center, Lincoln Square, and Ravenswood).

Moderated by David Stovall, professor of African-American Studies; Criminology, Law & Justice at UIC, this Town Hall will be an opportunity to find out where Aldermanic incumbents and challengers stand on an elected police accountability system in Chicago. Legislation is currently pending in City Council that would do just that: the Civilian Police Accountability Council (CPAC) ordinance was first introduced in 2016 and because of the growing demand for an elected system, other legislation based on CPAC has since followed.

Email your questions for candidates to townhall@caarpr.org or bring them with you for a chance to have your question posed to candidates.

When: TOMORROW, Wednesday, January 23 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Unity Lutheran Church (1212 W. Balmoral Ave.)
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Action via Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression

Action 2: Protest Lincoln Yards Development on Thursday

The Chicago Planning Commission is set to change the zoning rules for Lincoln Yards this January 24th - BEFORE the public has been allowed to review the real master plan for the mega development. 

These zoning changes are what will allow Sterling Bay to develop 12 million square feet of buildings on just 54.5 acres of land. For reference, The John Hancock Center is 2.8 million square feet.

 As Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Blair Kamin puts it: 

"Lincoln Yards is scheduled for an almost sure thumbs-up vote at the Chicago Plan Commission. Something smells bad here, despite the alderman’s insistence that he’s still withholding his support and that he needs to see if developer Sterling Bay ‘is able to hit the target with their next attempt to revise the master plan.’ 

It looks like Hopkins and the administration of Mayor Rahm Emanuel have cut a deal and that the alderman has climbed aboard the Rahm ‘Get Lincoln Yards Done Now — Before I Turn Into a Lame Duck’ Express.

 If key aspects of Lincoln Yards proposal remain in flux, it should not be going to the Plan Commission."

It’s now or never to halt this mega development until we have a new Mayor and City Council to properly vet it. There won't be many opportunities left to stop this mega development from plowing over our communities - and our concerns. Come make your voice heard!

When: Thursday, January 24 from 10 a.m. to noon
Where: Chicago City Hall (121 N. LaSalle)
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Action via Friends of the North Branch Park & Nature Preserve

Action 3: Call on Alderman Hopkins to Postpone Lincoln Yards Proposal

One of the ways that we are working to delay the Lincoln Yards Development is to pressure Alderman Brian Hopkins—in whose ward the property in question is located—to not allow the Lincoln Yards plan to go forward to the Chicago Plan Commission meeting on January 24 without his approval (as per Chicago’s historic aldermanic prerogative.) In light of how things in Chicago usually work, it is extremely odd that the plan is on the agenda for review without a sign-off from the alderman. And we know that the rubber stamp Chicago Plan Commission will approve the proposal once it crosses their desks. ‘Cause that’s the Chicago way!

If you live in the 2nd ward, please call or email Alderman Brian Hopkins’ office TODAY to demand that he take the Lincoln Yards proposal off the January 24 Chicago Plan Commission schedule in light of the fact that there is no way that appropriate public feedback can be garnered and assessed between now and then.

Email: ward02@cityofchicago.org
Phone: (312) 643-2299

Action via Friends of the Parks

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