Does your child need a savings account? Do you have questions about starting a business account? Or, would like information about investing your money?
Then join The Monroe Foundation at McMahon Hall at St. Sabina from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23, 2013. You will have a chance to speak with representatives from several banks that serve the community. They have taken the time to gather all of these institutions in one place for your convenience, so take time from your schedule to stop through and get your questions answered.
Check out this article I found in a 1949 Chicago Tribune about children in the Gresham Community. It says that they “have ample recreational facilities to occupy their spare time…a major reason for the low juvenile arrests.”
Check out the places in the community and the activities that they had. St. Sabina Community Center, school halls and gyms, fieldhouses, libraries and the Dan Ryan Woods. All of their activities were athletic which means they could play, stay fit and burn energy.
Check this out. “Parents co-operate with teachers and youth leaders.” What happened to these relationships?
So, my dear readers, what happened between 1949 and 2012 that caused more arrests than activities?
- Was it the boom in the prison industry?
- Was it the influx of crack in the black community in the 1980s?
- Was it integration in the 1950s?
- Exactly when did the well-being of children stopped being priorities?
What are your thoughts? What can we do to bring activities back into the community to keep our children occupied so they can stay out of trouble?
I attended Tavis Smiley and Dr. Cornel West’s Poverty Tour at St. Sabina on Sunday, August 7th. The place was packed! But, I have to wonder if more people were prompted to care about the state of poverty after attending the event. How many of those people are actually going to do something as a result of listening to the statistics, hearing the personal stories, and feeling the compassion and concerns of the speakers.
It was a powerful event to me. Tavis gave some of his time so Minister Louis Farrakhan could speak. So, we had Tavis, Dr. West, Min. Farrakhan and Father Michael Pleger to grace the same stage! Following are a few things that stood out that I think you all should know.
- The new poor is the former middle class. Please know that although race comes into play, it is more of the wealth getting more and the not-so-wealthy getting less.
- The Poverty Tour was started to bring awareness to the poor in the country. It has grown dramatically over the years.
- Tavis said that we want to use the media to introduce America to the poor. How about we bring attention to these people ourselves by talking with people we know personally and sharing their stories on social sites?
- Tavis Smiley says that Congress has the power to declare war. Now, they are declaring war on the power ~aka~ the former middle class.
- The Poverty Tour is not an anti-President Obama. It is an attempt to help the president in the upcoming election because it will be hard to get people who have no jobs or homes to get to the polls.
Minister Louis Farrakhan
- Minister Farrakhan noted that people are poor in spirit, and when this happens, people are poor indeed. Our President is also poor in spirit, and he needs help.
- Closer to home, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has fired 12,000 teachers and hired more police. Thus, his focus is more on policing than educating. Is Chicago indeed on the fast track of the School to Prison pipeline?
Dr. Cornel West
- Dr. West said that the future of America depends on America’s response to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy, which is to love the poor. So far, America is not looking to good.
- He noted that our leaders can’t find money for education, but they found money to fund a war in Libya.
- We have black leaders who love everyone but black people.
Tavis, Dr. West and Min. Farrakhan do want President Obama to stop being afraid to say the word “poor” or “poverty.”
I personally intend to contribute by talking to people who’s lifestyles have changed over the past few years. If you attended the event, did it prompt you to care more? What do you plan to do differently?
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Roseland has experienced a lot of violence lately, the latest being the loss of the life of a young girl this week. St. Sabina will standing with the Roseland community as a sign of support at 7 pm on 107th and Indiana.
Call St. Sabina at 77.483.4300 to sign up to ride the bus from the church. They will be leaving at 6:15.
“Let’s come together and stand together.”