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Submitted by Dino Robinson, on behalf of the the Committee
The Committee to Reinstate Kevin Brown which includes former Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, will join hundreds of Evanston residents at the City of Evanston City Council meeting to demand that the City Council rehire Kevin Brown to the Community Services Manager position and leader of the City’s Youth and Young Adult Division on Monday, December 9, 2019 at 6:00 PM at the Lorraine Morton Civic Center.
Mr. Brown was unlawfully and unjustly terminated from his position on November 8, 2019 for using his City of Evanston credit card to pay for 9 City of Evanston parking tickets issued between January 31, 2018 and March 7, 2019 to City of Evanston vehicles used by his staff during business hours, and parked in the City of Evanston Civic Center parking lot.
The Committee and Evanston Community is outraged over Mr. Brown’s termination, because there is no claim that any of the fines or charges was the personal responsibility of Mr. Brown. There is also no claim that any portion of the credit charges went to personally benefit Mr. Brown.
The program managed by Mr. Brown has helped thousands of Evanston youth and young adults for many years to secure job training and permanent employment. Between 2012 and 2018, the percentage of youth ages 16 to 24 who have been arrested declined by more than 200% in Evanston. The percentage of youth who participate in the Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Program increased almost four-fold to 600 jobs in 2018.
The committee to reinstate Kevin Brown believes that there has been a miscarriage of justice in the Brown termination and that it is both unfounded and unwarranted. We demand his reinstatement.
WHO: Committee to Reinstate Kevin Brown
WHAT: Public Comment Community Action at the Evanston City Council Meeting
WHEN: Monday, December 9, 6:00 PM
WHERE: Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Avenue, Evanston, IL 60201 City Council Chambers
Our goals are to direct the Evanston City Council to reinstate Kevin Brown; highlight the broader equity issues surrounding Mr. Browns termination, especially in light of Evanston becoming the first city in America to create a reparations ordinance and Mr. Brown is an African American; and broaden our local government reform campaign to end “business as usual” in local city government.
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The Committee to Reinstate Kevin Brown is a group of concerned residents of Evanston representing the business sector, local nonprofits, religious institutions, schools and government organizations and every day citizens from every racial and ethnic demographic in the city of Evanston.