BLM And Teachers Union Protest Lori Lightfoot, Give Her An ‘F’ Grade As Chicago Mayor: It’s not enough to be Black’
More than 300 protesters doomed Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot by crowding around her house telling her that she has disappointed the city. They carried signs that gave Lori an ‘F’ grade on education, the pandemic, police reform, housing, and more – they basically called her out for the total failure she has been as Mayor.
But it was not the tone or tenor of the protesters that has Lori terrified. It was who was doing the protesting. Around forty community organizers sponsored the event including the Chicago Teachers Union, Black Lives Matter Chicago, Illinois Raise Your Hand, GoodKids MadCity.
“It’s not enough to be Black, it’s not enough to be female, you gotta be right,” Tara Stamps, a veteran Chicago Public Schools teacher, said before adding, “there is no recognizable difference between the city of Chicago under Rahm and the city of Chicago under Lori.”
“For the past 2 years, Lightfoot’s administration has continued to ignore the demands of its people,” the Facebook event page said.
“This administration has failed on multiple issues — from environmental justice to education to policing to housing and COVID recovery. Join over 30 organizations in calling out Mayor Lightfoot on her two- year anniversary and demand that she fulfill her broken promises.”
“I still see the same potholes I saw two years ago, I still see the unsolved crime rate that I saw two years ago, I still see the shuttered houses and shuttered apartments and the shuttered storefronts up and down Chicago Avenue I saw two years ago,” said one protester.
Hunreds of protesters gathered in Logan Square, her neighborhood, Thursday evening.
“Chicagoans are living in a nightmare with Lori Lightfoot as our mayor,” said Jasmine Salas, protester.
“We are here to deliver Lori Lightfoot her report card that says she has failed us in every possible way,” said Oscar Gonzalez, protester.
Over 40 community groups, including the Chicago Teachers Union, gave the mayor a failing grade.
They said she hasn’t produced meaningful policies addressing housing, mental health, policing, education or pandemic recovery.
“Coalitions are doing the community work, getting the input, doing the research, presenting it, and then the mayor instead of trying to take that and work with people, to have progress, she’s actively stopping it and blocking it,” said Dixon Romeo, with United Working Families.
“She ran off saying she wanted to do somethings and she hasn’t gotten them done,” he said.
Wilson cited Lightfoot’s handling of police reform, specifically the city not meeting the deadlines of the consent decree and her stance on community oversight of the police.
“We thought we were going to get something different, but instead we are getting more of the same,” he said.
Asiaha Butler, the executive director of the Resident Association of Greater Englewood, was a member of Lightfoot’s transition team’s good governance committee. Butler said she and others on the committee have been disappointed by the mayor.
“It has been the gamut around COVID. It was around civil unrest. It’s been around the roll out of INVEST South/West,” said Butler, referencing the mayor’s program bringing resources to 10 neighborhoods on the South and West Sides.
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