January's meeting of Helping Professionals Dismantling Oppression will focus on the book Chicago Is Not Broke: Funding the City We Deserve edited by Tom Tresser (a short, easy and MUST Read for all Chicagoans!). We hope you will join us for a presentation by Tom Tresser, civic educator, public defender, and editor of Chicago Is Not Broke, followed by group discussions of helping professionals about our roles in dealing effectively with the incredibly challenging social and economic problems this book presents, and about the opportunities to correct the dangerous myth of scarcity that always leads to institutional violence.
The book will be sold at the December SURJ Meeting (Thurs Dec 8th, 6:30-8:30pm) for $8 via Sarah Dennis (who purchased 30 to get the cheaper rate!). It is normally $12 (plus shipping) online: http://www.wearenotbroke.org/#sthash.MD6KZ6ek.dpbs
The Chicago Public Library has 4 copies in circulation, that you can reserve (though it may take some weeks to receive), and ONE on reserve at Harold Washington Library that cannot be checked out, if you want to go there to read it/parts of it before Jan 6th.
One idea was that we might get into small groups to discuss specific chapters, so the organizers will follow-up with people who register to come to sort-out the details.
Here's more about the book if you're interested:
An outgrowth of the TIF Illumination Project, Chicago Is Not Broke is a collection of essays that seek to correct the record and reverse the dangerous myth of scarcity that newspapers, think tanks, policy shops, and of course Rahm Emanuel want you to believe.
As Tresser writes, "Why would so many powerful people and entities portray Chicago as broke and bereft of possibility? I believe it's because when a city is broke and has no ideas to advance economic prosperity it is ripe for fleecing. By that I mean privatization. By that I mean strip mining the assets of the many to benefit the few...
We've seen 49 public schools closed, six public mental health clinics shuttered, CTA service curtailed, Park District programs ratcheted up in cost and new rounds of cuts threatening our public education infrastructure. We've seen Tax Increment Finance districts shower billions of dollars on private investors. We've seen aldermen go to prison, a Chicago Public Schools CEO sentenced to jail and unarmed African-Americans shot down in the streeets and in their homes. A report on Chicago's police department issued by the Task Force of Police Accountability calls into question in the starkest possible terms some of the most basic conditions of fairness, truth-telling and accountability in Chicago.
There always seems to be money for some parts of the city and treasured projects favored by the mayor and his allies. But most of the city, beyond the Super Loop of five wards, still looks like it did ten or even twenty years ago."