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  • I am a reparations skeptic. From reading various sources (NPR, Evanston Now, Evanston Roundtable), it appears the primary reasons for reparations in Evanston center around disproportionate arrests for marijuana, black residents being priced out of their homes,  preserving black residency and predatory lending.

  • Guest Essay #4: Affordable Housing, Equity, and Reparations
    On January 21, a key topic at the Evanston City Council meeting will be progress on creating more affordable housing in our community. Joining Forces for Affordable Housing is guest-authoring five editorials to inform and engage our community around this issue, which affects wellbeing and future opportunities for all of us.
  • Guest Essay #3: Moving Forward with Age-Friendly Housing
    Joining Forces asks that the Affordable Housing Plan Steering Committee consider the full range of people who need affordable housing as they begin to develop their plan. We believe that the Plan needs to include strategies to address the specific needs of lower income senior citizens, according to the work done by the Age-Friendly Housing Committee, as well as the needs of other stakeholder groups including low-income working families and people with disabilities.
  • Guest Essay #2: Affordable Housing in Every Ward
    The City Council currently has a goal to “expand affordable housing.” This is great news because every ward in Evanston has capacity for more affordable housing. Plus, it is becoming clear across the country what types of housing solutions work. In Evanston, the challenge is to determine which of the many possible solutions best suit the needs of each of our different wards.
  • Today, Jan. 9, at 5 p.m. on Benson Ave. opposite the Davis Street El Station in Evanston, Indivisible Evanston will join Moveon and numerous other national organizations in hosting a rally to protest Trump’s unilateral attack on Iran.   

  • Guest Essay #1: Let’s Make Affordable Housing a Real Priority
    The shortage of affordable housing continues, with no significant increases in the number of affordable units coming online in years. It is time for Evanston to make the decisions, find the funding, pass the laws, and make the choices that will create more affordability and thereby strengthen the fabric of our community, create equity, and bolster our economy.
  • The 2020 Year of Kindness and Nonviolent Action is a year-long Public Art and Community Engagement initiative that that uses the transformative power of the arts to bring people together around the common goal of fostering an inclusive and peaceful community.
  • Migrant children are being taken away from their families and put into detention centers with poor conditions. They are forced to sleep on cold floors with inadequate clothing and blankets. ...
  • Evanston is the first and only municipality in the country to enact reparations legislation.  Because this issue is both timely and controversial, Evanston residents should have had the opportunity to express their views on these topics before the reparations revenue ordinance (99-O-19) was passed on November 25, 2019.  Instead, many Evanston residents were as stunned as I was by the inclusion of reparations and their funding source in the final Budget.
  • Message From Kevin Brown and His Attorney, Shawn Jones
    This is a sad day for Evanston, a day that reveals deeper, more troubling concerns for the community we deeply love. The community must now determine whether Ms. Storlie has failed the test of leadership.
  • On Tuesday, Dec. 17, at 5:30 p.m. at Evanston’s Fountain Square, Indivisible Evanston will join Moveon and numerous other national organizations in hosting a rally to demand impeachment and removal of Donald Trump from office. 
  • Committee to Reinstate Kevin Brown Demands that the Evanston City Council Reinstate Him
    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.
  • Prior to Thanksgiving I wrote a Ninth Ward newsletter that explained the rationale to my budget vote and gave my opinion on the termination of a staff member. Unfortunately, my original newsletter was denied distribution due to its mentions of “personal” matters. However, it is my opinion that my statements due not violate personal laws since I do not address the details of the discipline; my statements simply convey my opionion on my way which the administration handled the matter and my ongoing concern with how the rules are applied within the City.
  • A “reparations” program should first compensate the massive number of victims of the fraudulently enacted, marijuana prohibition. More than 600,000 innocent Americans are arrested for simple marijuana possession each year and made second-class citizens - for life.

  • Mr. Brown has established a solid reputation of honesty and integrity with every career move. His ethics has never been questioned.
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