And so this will not be a part of my birthday celebrations this weekend but we still push on. Read part of the BHM’s press release below for more.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Black Heroes Matter Coalition Continues the Push for DuSable Drive
(CHICAGO- May 26th, 2021) Despite the political tactics used to delay the affirmative vote for DuSable Drive during Wednesday’s Chicago City Council meeting, Ephraim Martin and members of the Black Heroes Matter Coalition plan to continue to fight for the renaming of Lake Shore Drive to Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable Drive. The group will assemble to rally and protest on Saturday, May 29th, 2021 at Noon in Grant Park near east Jackson Street between Columbus Drive and Lake Shore Drive.
After enduring a nearly 4 hour long city council meeting on Wednesday, Mr. Martin, Chair of Black Heroes Matter along with the Entertainment/Youth Committee, Chair, Tremell Williams, and other members and supporters of the coalition, quickly discovered that its politics as usual in Chicago. When the long-awaited Chicago ordinance number 02019-7918 was brought before the City Council by 21st Ward Alderman Howard Brookins, Jr., Chair of the Transportation Committee, 4th Ward Alderwoman Sophia King quickly called for a roll call vote but it was 2nd Ward Alderman Brian Hopkins and 30th Ward Alderman Ariel Reboyras who Mayor Lori Lightfoot (the meeting’s Chairperson) recognized as they called for the ordinance to be deferred and published. The Mayor then quickly rushed the approval through– further delaying the full City Council vote to rename Lake Shore Drive to DuSable Drive. Mr. Martin said, “This was a blatant attempt to delay and prolong the approval of the ordinance because the Mayor knows that we have the votes. Her gangster tactics must stop!”
Alderman David Moore (17th Ward) and 4th Ward Alderwoman Sophia King objected and attempted to call for the vote several times but to no avail. Dismissing their appeals as disruptions, Mayor Lightfoot pushed the balance of the agenda forward and within 20 minutes called upon 7th Ward Alderman Gregory Mitchell to move to adjourn the meeting. Later in the day, during her own press conference, Mayor Lightfoot responded to a question from media concerning the deferred DuSable ordinance by saying that she is all for doing something grand for Jean Baptiste Point DuSable, the city’s founder, but didn’t believe that simply changing the “iconic Lake Shore Drive to DuSable Drive” was it.
The Black Heroes Matter Coalition believes that the name change is necessary and will demonstrate the Mayor’s and City Leaders’ commitment to effectuate positive change in city government. “This city has a long, deeply entrenched history of institutional racism and divisiveness; and today was a prime example of it.”, Mr. Martin said.
The coalition will rally to protest the blocking of this historic vote on Saturday, May 29th, 2021 at Noon on Jackson Street between Columbus Drive and Lake Shore Drive. There will also be African/Caribbean dancers, drummers, and more.
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Listen, you all, had this DuSable ordinance passed this week, it would have added much more excitement to my birthday celebrations! However, knowing that it’s simply a delayed victory, I am still going to celebrate. So, stay with me as I continue to celebrate life, love, and family! Also, as always, stay safe and be well. Remember to strengthen your immune system by eating healthy and taking a good multi-vitamin; wear your mask; watch your distance; and wash your hands often. In Jesus Name. Amen. And, so it is.
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