It was SRO at 1871 when New Leaders Chicago presented a "Broke" book forum. Authors Hilary Denk, Amara Enyia, Jonathan Peck, Dick Simpson and Tom Tresser brought the civic knowledge and passion. CivicLab and NLC Chicago will be cooking up more civic events in the near future!
What a great organization and what a great meeting on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at the Reilly School! The United Neighbors of the 35th Ward meeting was kicked off by co-founder Joyce Brody and Alderman Carlos Rosa gave us a generous introduction. Tom Tresser gave an overview of the book project and Amara Enyia explained why a public bank for Chicago is such a great idea.
The meeting was held at the Reilly School and Principal Ken Fitzner welcomed people to the school. He stayed for our presentation. This is what he said:
The Chicago Gazette in its March 4, 2017 issue ran an article and editorial on fighting back in the Age of Trump. We're proud to say that "Chicago Is Not Broke" is featured as one of the ways they suggest Chicago can fight and organize.
Holy cow! We're almost out of the initial print run of 2,000 copies of "Chicago Is Not Broke. Funding the City We Deserve." Despite the fact we we can not get the book or the civic work surrounding it covered by the Tribune, Sun-Times, WBEZ, WTTW or Crain's - we've done 32 public meetings and have ten more on the calendar. Thanks to all who helped fund the book, who purchased the book and who are talking about the book!
Congratulations to Jamie Kalven and his Invisible Institute crew for being selected by Chicago Magazine as being one of the reasons to LOVE Chicago! We love Jamie and all the amazing civic work he has done over the decades.
Helping Professionals Dismantling Oppression hosted an event at the Sulzer Regional Library on January 29, 2017 that focused on Illinois's terrible financial situation. "Broke" book author Hilary Denk gave an in-depth review of the need for a progressive income tax for the state. She passed out these helpful materials:
Wall Street flushing billions of dollars of profit from USA public works and public assets? Say it isn't so, New York Times. Read this story and you will see one of the most powerful reasons for having a public bank in Chicago.
As of Friday, January 20, 2017 Chicago is the loser in a tri-fecta of bad leaders. We have a multi-millionaire mayor. We have a cent-millionaire governor. We have a billionaire president. All of whom care not a whit for social justice and giving us the city we deserve. That's why we need to get the book "Chicago Is Not Broke. Funding the City We Deserve" out there NOW to as many people and organizations as possible. Please help us by purchasing the book and bringing us to YOUR community.
CHA stockpiles cash. In 2015 was sitting on a stash of $379 million! Read the story in the Chicago Tribune.
One of the most exciting ideas in "Chicago Is Not Broke" is the idea of a public bank for Chicago. The model is the Bank of North Dakota, founded in 1919. How did that happen? Listen to this podcast from the Institute for Local Self Reliance from their "Building Local Power" podcast series.
News stories related to the topics we cover in the book.