FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
December 5, 2011
Contact: Florence Cox
Phone No. 773-651-1200
BUSINESS GROUP SEEKS ‘NO’ VOTE ON REMAP BILL THAT REDUCES BLACK WARDS
WE CAN, Inc., a group of dedicated businessmen and women seeking parity, equity and social justice for African Americans in Chicago, Monday called on the City Council to vote against a remap that reduces the number of black wards and urged the 19 black aldermen to remain united on this issue.
As City Council Black Caucus Chairman Ald. Howard Brookins (21st), Ald. Danny Solis (25th), the Hispanic Chairman and Ald. Richard Mell (33rd) burn the midnight oil to come up with a compromise remap, WE CAN, Inc. President Florence Cox, said: “Given that we are not the minority population in this city, we should not give up anything. “We should hold unto what we have at all cost.”
Former Chicago Alderman and Cook County Board of Review Comm. Robert Shaw, said, “Blacks should not give up anything.”
Agreeing was Black activist Eddie Read, who was a plaintiff in the 1990 and 2000 Census, agreed saying, “They should be going after the white wards. White people should have less wards, not blacks.”
Referring to some aldermen who are calling for fewer black wards since more than 175,000 African Americans allegedly left the city over the past decade, Read said, “We cannot get caught up in the trap of blacks having less. We are not the smallest group in Chicago. Whites are less. It’s a gangster move to reduce the number of black wards.
“We agree with the Latinos that they should have more wards, but that should not be taken from African Americans. Instead, they should take it from the 10th, 11th, 14th and 33rd Wards that are headed by whites even though those wards are considered majority Hispanic wards,” said Read.
Activist Mark Allen echoed similar sentiments. “We should not give up anything. Latinos should have more wards, but blacks should not lose any representation.”
WE CAN, Inc. urged the alderman to vote against any compromise bill that reduces the number of black wards.
Having missed the December 1st deadline to draw a remap, it will now take the approval of 41 of the 50 aldermen to approve a remap and if that fails should 10 aldermen support an alternative map, this scenario will force the remap process into a referendum come March 20, 2012.