On Saturday, October 10th, we invite you to join The Southwest Chicago Diversity Collaborative in collaboration with neighbors and other organizations to march in unity declaring that Black Lives Matter in the 19th Ward, in the city of Chicago, and across the nation. The Southwest Chicago Diversity Collaborative (SCDC) which began as a response to fight against acts of hate and intimidation in and around the 19th Ward, along with all of the partner organizations wants the world to know that we do not tolerate hate in any form. Whether hate appears as white supremacy, police brutality, unjust policies, or the diminished allocation of resources that disproportionately affect Black, Indigenous & People of Color (BIPOC), we do not accept nor will we stand for it.
In 2019, we marched together after white supremacists tried to recruit in our neighborhood, however this work is not done for in 2020, we are seeing white supremacists threaten peaceful protesters across the nation, without consequences. In addition, within our city, segregation and inequities still shape access to healthcare, education, housing, and justice with BIPOC (Black, Indigenous & People of Color) people even dying of the coronavirus at a higher rate and suffering a worse economic impact than the rest of the nation.
Ultimately however, we believe that our community is stronger together and so we march in solidarity for justice and for change. We will therefore march to demand the following:
Police accountability in the city of Chicago. We advocate for the support of the all-elected Civilian Police Accountability Council (CPAC).
Increased funding for the predominantly African American schools in our neighborhood, especially Kellogg which for so long has been neglected and is in need of an addition to meet the needs of the neighborhood students that attend there.
Anti-racist, concerted, comprehensive, intentional efforts and investments by our elected officials to fight against the hate that has been so entrenched in the 19th Ward so that we can move as a neighborhood to a truly diverse, integrated place where everyone is welcomed.
Greater intentional acknowledgement, support and engagement with and consideration of the 1/3 African American constituency including the businesses that resides in the 19th ward.
The employment of an affirmative marketing campaign to promote the 19th Ward as a community that is diverse, inclusive, and welcoming to all people, with an emphasis on marketing housing opportunities to Black Chicagoans. This should be accompanied by significant efforts to educate all housing industry professionals operating in the 19th Ward on anti-discrimination laws as well as the general public on their fair housing rights and what to do if they are being discriminated against.
Ultimately, we believe Black Lives Matter in the 19th Ward, in Chicago, and in the greater United States and so together we march in solidarity.
See you on Saturday!