The People’s TIFJuly 9, 2015

BT Co-Directors discuss the PB with the TIF project

BT Co-Directors Cecile Carroll-De Mello and Carolina Gaete were recently interviewed by Valerie Leonard on the Non Profit U Blog Radio talk show discussing lessons learned from the  the recent Participatory Budgeting (PB) project that used Tax Increment Financing dollars from the Chicago Central Park TIF. To hear the interview follow this link.

Be on the look out for the PB with the TIF toolkit a shared report on the work with TIF and PB and the journey of BT’s TIF reform work.

Blocks Together’s Community Forum on Teachers ContractMay 27, 2015

Blocks Together is sponsoring a community forum regarding the current negotiations between the Chicago Teachers Union and Chicago Public Schools. In 2012 the CTU and CPS negotiations failed and the historic 2012 teachers strike happened. Come ask questions about the contract negotiations, share your concerns and offer input on your own school and community and how both sides can better serve our children during these negotiations. RSVP by emailing blockstogether@gmail.com.

When: Wednesday, June 10, 6-8pm

Where: Kelly Hall YMCA 824 N Hamlin Ave, Chicago

 

Blocks Together Summer Job ProgramMay 5, 2015

BT has a few slots available for young people between the age of 14-18 that are interested or have experience in community organizing or community service work and would like to work over the summer creating change in West Humboldt Park. The program starts Monday, June 29th and ends August 7th. To apply please log on to the website.

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Blocks Together Calendar

Meeting for re-purposing for vacant Laura Ward

Residents of West Humboldt Park are welcome to attend a meeting around the re-purposing of the vacant Laura Ward Elementary School.
When: Tuesday, July 14, 2015 6:00pm – 8:00pm Where: Nia Family Center 744 N. Monticello Ave. Chicago, IL 60624

BT members began working on the re-purposing of the vacant school early 2014, many issues arose such as immediate safety concerns. Never the less the re-purposing of the school is important. Read a recent articlewith BT Co-Director Cecile Carroll, and Alderman Walter Burnett around the issues facing the community and the re-purposing of Laura Ward.

Next CEFTF meeting

Saturday, July 11th will the next Chicago Educational Facilities Task force at :

SATURDAY, JULY 11th, 2015 

10 A.M. – 12 NOON

(Sign-in/Registration to begin at 9:30 A.M.)

Hope Presbyterian Church

1354 West 61st Street

Chicago, IL

The purpose of this Meeting is to gather public input and take testimony on the following topics:

–  Chicago Public Schools’ 10-Year Educational Facilities Master Plan (EFMP)

–  CLASS SIZE

–  SCHOOL REPURPOSING

–  FACILITY CONDITIONS

Concerned parents, educators, students, community members, elected officials, and other stakeholders are urged to provide testimony on these topics atSaturday’s meeting.

Written testimony on these topics may be submitted to the CEFTF via email to this address:  ceftf.ilga@gmail.com

As always, the members of the CEFTF welcome and value your input.

Blocks Together’s Community Forum on Teachers Contract

Blocks Together is sponsoring a community forum regarding the current negotiations between the Chicago Teachers Union and Chicago Public Schools. In 2012 the CTU and CPS negotiations failed and the historic 2012 teachers strike happened. Come ask questions about the contract negotiations, share your concerns and offer input on your own school and community and how both sides can better serve our children during these negotiations. RSVP by emailing blockstogether@gmail.com.

When: Wednesday, June 10, 6-8pm

Where: Kelly Hall YMCA 824 N Hamlin Ave, Chicago

 

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