No Service Here

by Kathy Powers

April 30, 2018

Where will we go

To get our food stamps?

Where will we go?

Follow the rules.

 

Where can we go to?

Where is the person

Who tells us if we live or die?

 

When did this happen?

We got no notice.

Why did this happen?

We need some answers.

 

Is there an answer

In our new chaos

That tells us if we’ll live or die?

 

Where do we go?

How will we get there?

We have no bus fare?

How can we go?

 

Pushed to the edge of

Chicago’s west side

Six miles across the city

 

Where does the truth lie?

How can we live?

How will we die?

Tell us why!

 

Tell us where!

Tell us how!

Tell us why!

Tell us why!

The State of Illinois moves the site of the Department of Human Services office in Uptown from the far northeast side to the far northwest side. This make State human services inaccessible to many beneficiaries.

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Sunnyside, Morningside and the Darkside

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Sunnyside, Morningside and the Darkside

by Kathy Powers
September 28, 2016

 

 

Mr. Cappleman, where’s our people now?
The students, parents, teachers?
The children on the climbing bars
The homeless in the tents?

Mr. Cappleman, where’s our voices now?
The laughter, cries and cheers?
The poor men’s cry for justice
The song of unity in home?

Mr. Cappleman, where’s our morals now?
We shred and tear for bits.
You smile and then you take our tents,
You take our choice to live.

Mr. Cappleman, where’s your dignity?
Mr. Cappleman, here’s our dignity!
Mr. Cappleman, here’s our respect!
Mr. Cappleman, where’s your respect?

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Rusty’s Life, Just Like Mental Illness Recovery

You don’t know what you’re missing until you’re there!

https://www.thedodo.com/dog-chained-up-for-a-decade-has-the-sweetest-reaction-to-being-set-fre-1282367546.html

 

 

NO TIF FOR THE RICH: Build something more affordable!

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From Ward 46 Newsletter

“CLARENDON/MONTROSE DEVELOPMENT UPDATE

Next Tuesday, June 21, the Maryville project will go before the City Council Finance Committee, and then, if it passes, for a full vote before the entire City Council the following day. This is a $15.8M TIF development that is located entirely on tax-exempt property, and therefore has no money available in it until a development is built and begins to create tax revenue. Approximately one-third of this TIF amount will go toward rehabbing the Clarendon Park Community Center, which is the only way funding for this can be obtained.

Approximately another third of this TIF will go toward rental subsidies for people with extremely low incomes, the ones who are most at risk for becoming homeless. Because on-site affordable housing is for people earning 50% of the area median income or more, people who are currently living with homelessness would likely never meet the income requirements to live at this development. CHA is not allowed to provide units for this development because the poverty rate is too high for this census tract.

The developer will pay the costs upfront for the Clarendon Park Community Center and the contribution to the Low Income Housing Trust Fund. Once this TIF has been paid off, this property will be on the tax rolls for the first time since 1939. To view the plans for this site, http://james46.org/projects/46th-ward-zoning-development-committee/.”

Illinois Home Services Program Attempts to Cut Lifeline Services to Persons with Disabilities

Home-Care-WorkerAs an advocate concerned about the Home Services Program (HSP), I find capping IP services hours egregious! HSP, critically important to thousands of people with disabilities across the state of Illinois, ensures that everyday HSP customers receive care from their Individual Providers (IPs).
Capping the hours that IPs can work at 40 will mean that people with disabilities will not be able to access personal care assistance. In most places throughout Illinois, HSP consumers cannot find, hire and keep decent good IPs.
Parents, siblings and other relatives who act as IPs, with whom Illinois desires to cut work hours below 40 hours, jeopardizes financial and supportive IP, positive outcomes and quality of life. Until more effective policies emerge for persons with disabilities, this reduction of IP hours becomes cumbersome, undo-able and strict.
HSP customers and IPs deserve flexibility, not rigidity. Please eliminate the cap hours a week is too harsh and will put too many people’s lives at risk.
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How to Address your State, Gov. Rauner Style

Serious

  1. First, try and smile when you have a hostile audience. Do not pause often for thunderclaps that will not happen.
  2. Secondly, keep an extremely serious tone throughout the address, even though you know that you will not factually mention change; just spin the important issues that you will not resolve.
  3. Talk in a homey type of speech by droppi’ the ‘g’s on all ‘ing’ words. This will ensure easy acceptance for uneasy information. The crowd will love this homegrown approach!
  4. Mention as many priority buzzwords like “good education,” “mental health,” “community health,” “criminal restoration,” and “good jobs.”
  5. NEVER, EVER even imply any state responsibility for any of the priority initiatives.
  6. Tell the legislators to pass your bills instead of askin’ them. This is very important to stay in total control of the law writin’ process.
  7. Slam the unions in any way possible, even namin’ names like AFSCME to blame the state’s fundin’ inadequacies on them. Name names of offensive unions. Be sure and use statistics to support the idea that mighty, greedy unions break the budget. Do not mention how you will not sit down with the “AFSCME” union to negotiate a fair contract. Take a snipe at teachers’ unions without mentionin’ their names because they are not in your jurisdiction!
  8. Do not address the closin’ of the state colleges and universities, closin’s of community health centers or any of the state’s accumulated faux pas presently in play. Do not address how the state will pay back the community for services already rendered.
  9. NEVER admit blame!
  10. Only propose revenue raisin’ in terms of income taxes. Show how you think that graduated income taxes are a good idea of yours.
  11. Ignore the underwhelmin’ response by your audience. They will learn, in time.
  12. Get off the stage as quickly as possible.

What the Hunger Strikers Want for Dyett High School

In an age when cities cut public school funding, students’ families and supporters say, “No more. We will die before we accept your neglect of public schools.

After over two weeks of starving, the hunger strikers wish to negotiate a great plan. Here it is.

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