CHICAGO (January 3, 2018)--Following is a statement from Chicago City Council Black Caucus Chair Ald. Roderick T. Sawyer (6) in response to today’s discussion of Chicago’s Black population loss:
“It’s no secret that Chicago's Black population has been shrinking as a result of a combination of troubling factors, including high unemployment rates, a lack of affordable housing, chronic under-resourcing of our public schools and continued high crime rates relative to other major cities.
"Black leaders and our allies must continue to fight for investment from City Hall, Springfield and the federal government to stop the Black population hemorrhage. That means making sure every public, neighborhood school has the staffing levels--including nurses, social workers and librarians--needed to adequately serve our children. It means increasing the amount of housing available at accessible rates in communities all across the city, and finally addressing the gross inadequacies in our property tax assessment system.
"It means fighting back against Gov. Rauner’s devastating budget cuts to social services and programs that serve our communities. And it means focusing our energy on creating and protecting good paying jobs for Black Chicagoans.
"We must continue to demand all of this and more from every level of government.”