Activists Take Stand At ‘People’s City Council Meeting’

CHICAGO (CBS) — The UIC forum was packed with more than 1,000 activists and union members Thursday night for the first ever “People’s City Council Meeting.”

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Mike Krauser reports, the members of the Grassroots Collaborative put 19 Chicago aldermen on a stage, and demanded they put the people of Chicago ahead of corporations.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Mike Krauser reports

The presentation was part comedy, with a dramatic presentation by a character called “Money Bags” who represented corporate America.

“First off, all people should work for less,” he said. “Second, get rid of the unions.”

Money Bags wasn’t done yet, as he mocked the stance of some right-wing political leaders.

“It’s these greedy teachers!” he said. “If you are getting summers off, how hard can you really be working?”

The presentation was also part tragedy.

“Even though I only make a little over minimum wage I can’t even get food stamps,” a woman said.

The activists and unions are demanding a foreclosure moratorium.

“These greedy banks are kicking families out,” a woman said.

“Tax banks for every foreclosed vacant property,” another said.

The activists were also furious with how the city spends dollars generated by Tax Increment Financing districts.

“It’s insulting to know that the Chicago Board of Trade got millions of dollars in TIF dollars to remodel their toilets while many of our schools are falling apart,” a woman said.

The Chicago Teachers Union, the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, two locals of the Service Employees International Union, the hotel workers’ union Unite HERE and the Lakeview Action Coalition are among the organizations that were represented. All 50 aldermen on the City Council were invited to attend.

The aldermen in attendance signed the “people’s resolution” to make jobs, housing, families, and education priorities.

  • southside

    The event was mislabeled…should have been called “The nanny-state, let the governement give me more stuff” forum.

  • Robert

    Those activists – if they really want to change the way the people are treated by government – RUN FOR OFFICE YOURSELF or SHUT THE HELL UP. If running your mouth is the only answer – then – go away and scream and cry at someone else. The so called people’s city council meeting is a sham and chance for these “activists” to grab some headlines by opening their mouth and saying nothing………

  • What!?!

    Love how they were complaining about banks foreclosing on homes. Hey, activists, you do realize that people who pay their mortgages don’t get foreclosed on, right? That is how things work. You pay your mortgage, and you get to keep your house!

    In the end, this was a waste of time. The aldercreatures are back to doing what they do, and these activists will vote for the same aldercreatures come the next election, so the end result either way is that nothing will change.

  • Anne

    @ Robert: “Love It or Leave It,” huh? The 1,600 people who filled UIC Forum have a right to tell the aldermen they elect what matters in their families’ lives. By the way, plenty of “activists” have run for office and been elected, and they too should listen to the community of people that elected them.

    • Mr. Justice

      @ Anne, you are correct when you said that plenty of “activists” have run for office and been elected. However, most o them or thugs themselves. i.e. Bobby Rush.

  • Robert

    @ Anne – read your own comment – SHOULD LISTEN – so the activists become elected officials – they become what they ran to replace – Nice – so when are you running for office ??? Will you accept bribes when you get elected? ? ?

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