46th Ward community members invited Ald. Cappleman to an accountability meeting to call on the Alderman to preserve affordable housing in the Ward, pull the Cubicle Hotel Ordinance that he is co-sponsoring, fight to keep the three public schools on the close list open, and support anti-violence measures.
On February 28th, 2013, The Organization of the Northeast (ONE) and Lakeview Action Coalition (LAC) invited Alderman Cappleman to a public meeting at Peoples’ Church, located at 941 W. Lawrence Ave. on March 21st, 2013 at 6pm. (That invitation is available for public view on ONE’s website, www.onechicago.org.)
The People’s Church agreed to host the meeting; however, after communication with Alderman Cappleman, they closed their doors to the public meeting for fear of retribution. As a result, we are forced to gather outdoors and have no choice but to meet outside the Alderman’s office. We offered to meet with the Alderman and a small delegation of community members prior to this public meeting to negotiate and explain the point of the public meeting, but his staff has been non-responsive.
If Ald. Cappleman met with the community on Thursday, he would have had the opportunity to respond to questions about these important issues. He did not attend, so ONE and LAC will hold a funeral procession mourning the loss of diversity in the 46th ward.
“Uptown is one of the most racially and economically diverse communities in Chicago, but this diversity is in jeopardy as many low income community members have been pushed out in the process of gentrification, and our Alderman can take action to preserve this diversity, but is choosing not to.” said Jeffrey Massanova, ONE leader.
Elizabeth Hartline, a current tenant at the Chateau, a Single Room Occupancy Hotel slated for closure in the 46th Ward, states, “The Alderman and the Mayor could take action now and save the Chateau. They have the power to drop the fines the owner has accumulated in building court if and ONLY if the owner agrees to stop displacing tenants and preserve the building as affordable. We demand that the Alderman, the Mayor, and the new owner stop displacing us immediately and get on the side of tenants to keep the Chateau open and affordable!”