She should, if she wants to be considered a true progressive. She'd also pen a Community Benefits Agreement to ensure the Obama Center shares jobs and contracts with the depressed nearby neighborhoods.
A few true progressives from the start have objected to the gigantic structure' site in historic, lakefront Jackson Park. But too many have abandoned their
principles in the face of President Barack Obama's egocentric demand that precious parkland be set aside for his 22-story Pantheon.
And what happen to Obama, the Chicago community organizer who labored year ago on the South Side? As a community organizer, wouldn't he have demanded a similar agreement from a private interest that was eyeing a take-over of public land in the neighborhood?
In truth, most of Chicago's progressive community has bended its knee in order to please Obama and his legacy. The progressives and the Chicago power structure have left it to me, a right-of-center commentator, to help uphold their principles.
I'm generally not in favor of Community Benefits Agreements. But where are the social justice warriors who say they stand for the dispossessed and marginalized?
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