Public Newsroom

Date/Time
Date(s) - 08/09/18
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location
Experimental Station

Hosted by
City Bureau


Public Newsroom

City Bureau

Thursday, August 9 at 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Are Chicago aldermen using their aldermanic prerogative to keep neighborhoods segregated? That’s what a recent report co-authored by the Chicago Area Fair Housing Alliance (CAFHA) and the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law suggests.

Patricia Fron, CAFHA Executive Director, and Kate Walz, Director of Housing Justice at the Shriver Center, join us Thursday evening to break down the report, “A City Fragmented: How Race, Power, and Aldermanic Prerogative Shape Chicago’s Neighborhoods”. They will go over how affordable housing decisions are made in the city of Chicago and how these decisions often result in geographic imbalances in affordable housing development. Then they will dive into aldermanic prerogative, which they say is the central vehicle driving this imbalance: the mechanics, the history, the roots in racism, and the effects.

Stop by to learn more, and to be part of a conversation on how to create more equitable decision-making in Chicago. You can access the report at http://povertylaw.org/aldermanic-report.

Every Thursday night we turn our newsroom on Chicago’s South Side into an open space where journalists and the public can gather to discuss local issues, share resources and knowledge and learn to report and investigate stories. Hosts have included journalists, academics, artists, activists, filmmakers and many other individuals and groups who have a stake in how to use media to create a stronger democracy.

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