Chicago, IL—I normally write on issues to do with analysis of foreign elections and have a very strong background in forecasting and estimating political changes in Latin America. I am compelled to write a little something about the upcoming state elections.
This article falls more into the editorial format. You can Google me and learn all about me and visit the articles I have written about different subjects that range from politics to National Security.
However, something this weekend caused me to reflect and to be honest got me thinking about the current situation in Chicago when it comes to the African American communities today that are under the constant gun violence.
It appears to be unstoppable gun and drug problem that the state has not been able to do much for these communities. The state spent 54.5 million dollars that went for an anti-violence program that is under investigation.
The results are not out yet on what the FBI is going do with this investigation. But I think as a reasonable person that 54.5 could have put 54 police officers in these neighborhoods for 1 full year, as one option ($100, 000 cost per officer; estimate). Or put half of that into the Chicago Urban League so they can get out there and help out. Two ideas.
Pastor Corey Brooks, with New Beginnings Church, and his program Project Hood, yet another program that is showing measurable results. Pastor Brooks has put his support behind Bruce Rauner and now faces threats… by who? His church was burglarized already and he had to move.
As far as what political party I am in favor. I voted for Obama in 2008, with hopes of seeing some real change for the Latino Community with the Immigration Reform. Of course, like most Latinos in the US, I am left with a bunch of broken promises, of course. I am pro-Second Amendment because I believe that when a government cannot protect people, people have the right to protect themselves.
The Latinos some how were fooled again and they voted for Obama again in 2012. No immigration reform either. Sure the blame game can go in any direction. I vote for the candidate that has a good plan. I support democrats as well as republicans.
For example, I am in total support of what Rahm Emanuel (D) is doing in Chicago, of course a Democrat. He has been working hard to turn things around but needs more time. The coalitions he is been putting together to try improve the conditions in these violent neighborhoods take time to show results.
Trust me, I have worked in some of the most dangerous cities in Latin America and experienced first hand what it takes to turn around violence for prosperity and hope, drug dealing, for a decent paying job for criminals and convicts, etc.
I have faced the gangs, the drug cartels, and the terrorists in Latin America. I do not believe that anything can change with law enforcement ONLY solutions or by incarcerating everyone who is a criminal.
I think the transformation must take place when people and politicians commit to really making transformation a priority with action and not mere political discourse.
In this election, I have been impressed by the political message of “hope” that Bruce Rauner, a Republican with some very middle ground political views has delivered to the people of Illinois.
One view is in women’s rights to choose. Other minorities in Illinois like the Latino communities in Illinois have also have been listening closely. Rauner may actually have something to offer to the state of Illinois, and the violent communities in Chicago may actually have something to gain in Rauner’s message.
The levels of violence are not in white communities. Violence is contained for the most part in the disadvantaged and black communities.
This article is dedicated to the black community that has been neglected and treated like they don’t matter for many years with false promises and promises for more of the same.
For them, I say, you do matter and you do carry a significant power in the voting booth. But do not fall for the same promises of change rooted in nothing. Consider alternatives… it is time for transformation not simple change of more of the same.
The million dollar question is:
Will these residents of Chicago who have suffered unemployment, violence, incarceration of loved ones, death of loved ones, and complete lack of opportunities make the right choice?
It is time for YOU to demand transformation and NOT more of the same. Think progress, think opportunities, think education, and think of what your block, or neighborhood would look like if you can have zero shootings and zero drug dealing. It is attainable.
After watching a few videos in the Chicago Urban League, I can say I was moved, touched and inspired by what one organization can do to transform things for blacks in Chicago. Some of the numbers they put in their report are demoralizing but contain a sense of “Hope in Possibilities.” Here are some facts:
· 92% of black male teens unemployed in Chicago, 83% nationally.
· 7 in 10 black males will return to prison within three years of release.
· Less than 5% of black businesses in Illinois are able to hire employees.
· Nearly 40% of black students will never graduate from high school.
· 90% of black teens in Chicago are unemployed.
· Less than 43% of black residents are homeowners. The lowest rate since 1995.
You can watch the video in YouTube. The bottom line is what can change in the state leadership bring to improve these conditions?
Is Rauner a good option?
I believe that based on what has been done in the last 6 years, it is the right thing to do. Blacks have two options but I highly recommend they look at the track record of the recent 6 years and what has been done to change things.
The only thing possible is to seek alternative opportunities to work on transforming these realities. For these of us who do not live in these dangerous neighborhoods is important also to reflect that we all need to push for something different and make every attempt to transform these communities in Chicago.
Transformation needs all of us to take part and make some progress. It is unacceptable that nothing is done.
“Containment” is not acceptable. We are not dealing with a third world country. It is Chicago and it is the United States of America.
For African Americans in Chicago, vote with your heart because you are the ones that can choose your destiny.
Political promises that never materialized in recent years for your neighborhoods cannot longer be acceptable. You must demand real transformation.
One candidate has a track record as governor. Did he meet your expectations? The alternative is bringing unconventional ideas to deal with the problems in Chicago.
You decide how this goes and you decide which one gets your vote. Good luck! I hope things really improve for you in your neighborhoods.