Friday, November 08, 2013

YOUTH CENTER: Neighbors Will Be "racist, homophobic, transphobic, classist, ableist, and ageist"

 Some light reading.
From: ****** (****@howardbrown.org)
Date: November 7, 2013 at 5:20:35 PM CST
Subject: Urgent request from the BYC!
 
Dear trusted friends and allies of the Broadway Youth Center,

I am reaching out with an urgent request. BYC staff, youth, and community supporters request your attendance at a meeting on Monday, November 11 (7-9 PM) in support of the Broadway Youth Center services and programs. This meeting will take place at Second Unitarian (656 W. Barry).

We are in the process of requesting a special use permit to operate services at Wellington Ave UCC (615 W. Wellington) and have been engaged in conversations throughout the summer with a neighborhood group called SELVN (South East Lakeview  Neighbors). On Monday, we will be providing an update on our special use permit application and opening the dialogue for a “Good Neighbor Agreement.” We are hopeful this written tool will support proactive, ongoing, and meaningful dialogue between the BYC and its residents. SELVN hosts these monthly meetings to engage residents in neighborhood-related issues.

We need our allies and friends to attend this meeting to show solidarity and support. We

anticipate, similar to previous meetings, that many individuals who attend this meeting will become hostile and verbally violent. Many comments and viewpoints will be expressed—many of which are racist, homophobic, transphobic, classist, ableist, and ageist. Many of the most hateful participants do not even live in the neighborhood.

We are hoping that you might attend and, if you feel comfortable, say a few words about why our programs are necessary. Please wear YELLOW to show your support. We are in the process of developing talking points as well.

The Chicago zoning board will vote on our request in January 2014 but we are working closely with SELVN because we believe it is important to engage residents with an open heart and accurate information about our programs.

In short, your presence would be very meaningful.

Thank you for your support during this challenging time—
****
Image: Senior Journal 

74 comments:

  1. " Many of the most hateful participants do not even live in the neighborhood. " .... Taken from excerpt.

    Well neither do your clients!!!!!!

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    1. I've asked before and I ask again. Where do the executives and board members of Howard Brown, the Crib and BYC live? Are they concerned about this neighborhood because it is theirs as well?

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    2. Well, technically their clients do live in the neighborhood because they don't live anywhere else. They give the BYC as their legal address of record and then consider themselves residents of the neighborhood.

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    3. They need only be 16 years old to vote in SELVN

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  2. If I'm an "ableist" does that make them enableists...or enablers?

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    1. They're *enabling* people to eat, find housing, access healthcare, you know . . . survive. BYC provides vital services to the most maligned and marginalized members of our community.

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    2. ^ Correct. The issue is not the important work that social services do. The issue is the way this particular agency obstructs police efforts to apprehend violent offenders. THAT is the issue.

      There are other service agencies that can help people secure food, find housing, access healthcare, and survive without enabling violent criminals.

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    3. "They're *enabling* people to eat, find housing, access healthcare, you know . . . survive. "

      True, but by sheltering alleged criminals, they're also enabling those people, allowing them to never become contributors to society. Unless their contribution is crime.

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    4. The other issue is the lottery system for beds. Since only 25% of those that show up will get a bed that leaves 75 or so angry, homeless youth to wander the neighborhood after being turned away.

      I realize that is a CoH issue but I'm sick of it enough I'm lumping them all in together one slop bucket.

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  3. Looks like those flyers have them spooked and looking for reinforcements. Even more reason for everyone who loved what our neighborhood used to be (safe) to make a concerted effort to be at the SELVN meeting Mon, Nov 11th @ 7PM.
    There is power in numbers, but even more power in the truth which is on our side! Come and share your experiences with the BYC and with Alderman Tunney.

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  4. That "good neighbor agreement" wouldn't be worth the paper it's written on. There aren't enough police now for the neighborhood- just what we need another social service agency. Tunney is Uptowning Lakeview w/ all theses social service agencies he's ok'd over the years. Sure, great for him... He cashes out of the neighborhood, sells his properties for millions, probably retires at some point for warmer climates& we're stuck here w/ crime & high property taxes for his Maggie Daley Park & DePaul basketball stadium in the South Loop, not to mention high priced parking meters he helped ram down our taxpayer throats. Thanks Tom.. Please go back to making sticky buns so we can get a real alderman who will help straighten this ward & city budget out!

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    1. " tunney is uptowning lakeview with all these social service agencies..."
      Get a clue before you mouth off on something you obviously know nothing about.

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  5. Pretty sure their clients don't own a 500K condo like I do at Halstead & Cornelia and pay 10K in taxes for the privilege for being a prisoner in my home after midnight until 6AM.

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  6. Anyone who reads this blog should give up a couple hours of their time to attend this meeting. We need a line around the block waiting to get in.

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  7. "Neighbors Will Be "racist, homophobic, transphobic, classist, ableist, and ageist" "

    Hey hey, no reason to be insulting. Nobody is insulting the BYC staff. They should be more respectful.

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  8. What carefully crafted words. When people like this are questioned, one of the tactics to use is victimhood when nothing else will work.

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    1. *ding ding ding dint!!!*

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  9. That letter is purposed to instill hate among its impressionable, young clients so that they will seek revenge on the community. They are as guilt of the same bigoted behavior they allegedly despise.

    Throw them out of town.

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  10. This is all good I think people with money that have worked hard are waking up to the scam that Howard Brown has become. They should have been closed when stole money from the grant they got with Northwestern. No one went to jail. In the private for profit someone would be serving 6 years for theft.

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  11. So BYC/Howard Brown leadership believes that criminals are the real victims, and that wanting to not be beaten and robbed makes you racist, homophobic, transphobic, classist, ableist, and ageist.

    What could possibly go wrong with them expanding operations in the area?

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  12. Oh cry me a river, BYC, and give me a fucking break!

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  13. I'm confused as to how they do not check ID for the services they provide. There are mandatory reporting requirements in the state of Illinois. http://www.idph.state.il.us/health/infect/ReportDiseasePoster.pdf

    How are they getting around this?

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    1. Approved anonymous testing sites are not required to report identifying information.

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  14. BYC does not respect the citizens of Lakeview. Every single person that reads this blog and cares about the neighborhood must attend this meeting! Lakeview has more than enough done its share of hosting social service agencies and doesn't need anymore.

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  15. According to BYC, their clients come from all over, including the suburbs. Logically this agency should be located in a more central location, nearer to transportation downtown, such as South Loop warehouse district, walking distance from Union Station, Ogilvie station Metra, and Greyhound on Harrison, near city bus routes and the L.. Supporters of BYC can support their agency and mission in a better location.

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  16. If Sports Authority has a rack of YELLOW jackets, they better lock them up now.

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  17. Hopefully Ryan Brandis will be able to steal a YELLOW bike to show his support.

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  18. Goodness. Why would BYC want to expose their clients to a neighborhood that is filled with such hateful people. Oh, that's right, this neighborhood ISN'T filled with those kinds of people.

    They set up shop here precisely because we ARE open-minded and welcoming. But we are not gullible. We have concerns and, after reading this letter, I have BIG, BIG concerns.

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  19. Nobody reading this should wear yellow. If you have a yellow shirt, put it away !

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    1. Yellow? Who owns yellow any way? Yuck!

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  20. Can someone call them out on the "they probably don't even live here" hypocrisy? So, it's fine to not live there and visit and cause trouble, but it's not ok to not live there and show up at a meeting and use harsh language? Are you effing kidding me? BYC, if that letter is any hallmark of the collective intellect you have then may god help us all.

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  21. That letter is a perfect example of the twisted logic upon which social workers thrive.

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  22. This is exactly why zoning laws were created. Any other developer, private property owner, business, or nonprofit organization must comply with zoning law. Name-calling the neighbors is not a legal strategy.

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  23. You want homophobic and transphobic? Go to Englewood, then check back with us.

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  24. I am a former resident of Lakeview (now residing in North Center) and lived two blocks from the proposed Wellington site for 15 years. I have family that lives near Halsted and Oakdale so I'm frequently in the neighborhood. This formerly safe area has gone to hell in a hand basket, and after reading that hateful and offensive missive from the Howard Brown/BYC folks, I wouldn't miss this meeting for anything. I'll do anything to keep these people from moving onto Wellington.

    Has anyone ever been able to determine if Helen Shiller has played a part in any of this? That woman is despicable.

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  25. BYC does not have a (zoning) legal leg to stand on, so they resort to this strategy of name-calling the neighbors. Lets not take the bait. This is all about zoning. BYC can operate in compliance with zoning in a different/more accessible central location for their clients. This is not the only location in Chicago for BYC.

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    1. You're absolutely right. We need to focus on the facts. If we take the bait and get emotional and this meeting devolves into nothing more than a yelling match, we've lost. It is critical that we present a rational, fact-based front, or BYC supporters will be able to just paint BYC opposers as phobic and irrational and we run the risk of being simply dismissed. Please remember this if you come to the meeting.

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    2. Being polite is how we ended up in this mess in the first place. We were so polite that we let anyone do anything they wanted without objecting. Being polite cannot thwart this evil.

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    3. I completely understand your point. I wasn't advocating being polite doormats, I am advocating we fight them with facts. Facts and evidence are far more compelling than just saying "I feel scared and unsafe." I'm not saying I don't feel that way, because you can bet your butt I am pretty terrified walking around my neighborhood, but I'm just saying that they can't refute facts and evidence. We're all on the same side here, and I look forward to standing together with all of you on Monday and beyond as we continue to try and bring our neighborhood back to the safe and vibrant community it used to be.

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  26. Good neighbor agreements are a two way street. And I'm pretty sure that even if you present a calm rationale argument, you'll still be slammed as phobic and anti-QUILTBAG.

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  27. If we fall into their trap of blaming/name calling, then the BYC supporters will say see? Neighbors are racist, sexist, homophobic, etc. and we (the BYC) are the victims here. Stick to the facts, stick to zoning.

    At the last SELVN meeting, not a single person there objected to the services offered at the BYC, keep that in mind. There was no violence, nothing homophobic, sexist, ageist, classic, racist. This is what desperate people do when they have no legal basis for getting a zoning variance. They change the subject.

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  28. Remember, only members can vote. And becoming a member means paying annual dues, living in the neighborhood, and signing up two weeks before the meeting. So, people can show up in yellow all they want. But, the should not get a vote AND really shouldn't get a voice.

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    1. Please become a member of SELVN ($10 per year) so you can vote against the BYC to operate on Wellington. You'll need to fill out the SELVN form (you can download the form from their website), mail it in two weeks before the vote (in December so do it now). You'll need to live within their boundaries of Belmont to Diversey and Halsted to Lake Shore Drive.

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  29. According to Howard Brown then, we have a ton of homophobic people who choose to live in the Country's first gy designated neighborhood. If that's not rich, what is?

    By the way, who are the hateful people who take their time out to attend and scream at meetings that they aren't even a resident in?

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  30. What's the opposite of yellow?

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    1. I think we should all wear yellow, too. "I am Spartacus." "No, I am Spartacus." "No, I am Spartacus."

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    2. That would be hilarious...walk up to the microphone wearing yellow and then ask about harboring criminals and obstructing justice.

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    3. Purple sits directly across from yellow on the color wheel, FWIW.

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  31. Nah, we just don't like these types of centers chumming our neighborhood waters with criminals.

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  32. Be sure you read the by-laws before you attend. It outlines who can become a member of the organization and who can be heard as an affiliate member of the organization: https://docs.google.com/file/d/1OUOB4zJEp32RuRzj1hu7YHlPrcWdO2MdLTH5P6q7z-M3U-_If4YhQ2r3gIKy/edit?usp=drive_web

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  33. I'm not certain what legal rights the SELVN has to "vote" on anything. It appears they can make recommendations to the Alderman or Zoning Board, but they really have no authority. Is that correct?

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    1. The group, like any group, can make a recommendation for or against a project to the alderman and other entities.

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    2. Neighborhood groups do vote if they support or don't on any of these issue. That vote then becomes a recommendation to the Alderman on what plan of action to take. The Alderman usually supports the communities wishes. Zoning Board usual look to the Alderman for a recommendation as well.

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  34. Just an FYI- the flyers that were put on our doors on Wellington yesterday about attending this meeting to stand up for our neighborhood have all been torn off.... talk about classless.

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  35. Yes some of our members have reported "youth" following them and tearing the flyers down, and one member confronted a postal worker who was tearing them down.

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    1. When the race/age/homophobic card doesn't work, next try intimidation. Someone needs to remind them to remove the homophobic claim since they operate in neighborhood with a large homosexual population. I'm sure they'll find something else though.

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  36. Classless and cowardly.

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  37. A lot of people don't know about this site or about the meeting. Without the posters, how are we supposed to rally??

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    1. If you see a poster, or found out about it through this blog or some other way and plan to go then be sure to bring three people with you...more if you can.

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  38. Verbally violent is unacceptable to them, but they obstruct officers who are investigating actual physical violence inside of their clinic. Got it.

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  39. Is there a plan to submit a brief to the zoning board outlining our arguments point by point and dismantling their falsifications with supporting docs?

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    1. Not only refuting their arguments but turning them on their head. I'm pissed that the BYC would boast working with a neighborhood residents while at the same time insulting and disrespecting those same residents who are opposing their plans. The BYC is not listening to neighborhood input and is instead launching an attack against those same neighbors who oppose a zoning change.

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  40. I recommend SELVN have a cop at the meeting to back up the police reports and state they (the police) see BYC as uncooperative and harboring the criminals.

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    1. Theres no way the police department will be taking a stand here. The reports are straight forward.

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    2. The Police Commander was asked yesterday if the police officers involved could speak at the SELVN meeting, and he said that no, the police would not get involved in this matter. The reports are hand-written and speak for themselves, although it would have been entirely appropriate for the police to take an active role in this matter. Earlier the commander indicated that he himself would speak to the Zoning Board of Appeals when the BYC's special use permit request came up. That now has suddenly changed, and he himself will not get involved...so you wonder who above him came down hard and backed him off.

      That is why it's so important to have a huge turnout of residents at the meeting. We have serious problems in this neighborhood, and as we know, there has been both a complete lack of accountability and effort to address the issues. Changes have to be made...and those changes have to made by the residents of this neighborhood demanding it. That can only happen if the homeowners, residents, tax payers of this neighborhood rise up in huge numbers and get involved.

      Remember...I don't care if it's the aldermen, the police (from the Superintendent on down), the clowns at DFSS...or the Mayor, our taxes pay their salaries. They work for us, we don't work for them.

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    3. It is also important to remember that making the neighborhood is a process. No one entity or "reason" caused us to get where we are. Many things contributed.

      No one thing will fix the problem either (e.g. pro-BYC rants that residents are trying to blame them for ALL of the neighborhood's problems. Hogwash)

      Service agencies must step up. Businesses must step up. The police must step up. Residents must step up. Politicians and city agencies must step up.

      Everyone's a part of the problem. Everyone's part of the solution.

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    4. Wrong, CWB. Everyone is NOT part of the problem.

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    5. We feel that we contributed to the growth of the problem by allowing public officials and police executives to skate for over a year while the street crime issue gained traction.

      We fixed that problem beginning at 12:51AM on April 13, 2013.

      http://crimeinboystown.blogspot.com/2013_04_13_archive.html

      And we're here for as long as it takes.

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  41. Anytime the police commander gets told to back off, we know the fix is in.

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    1. But WE don't give up! A committed and united citizenry is a force to be reckoned with. We pay all of their salaries and we demand and deserve answers!

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    2. Oh, puhhhhhhhhlease...

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  42. If you can, join SELVN (http://goo.gl/184reJ) ASAP (as they need a two week "good neighbor standing" before you are an official member. Vite is December 9 for BYC.

    Also, write the Zoning Board of Appeals if you're against:

    Jonathan Swain, Chairman
    Zoning Board of Appeals
    City Hall
    121 N LaSalle St., Room 905
    Chicago, IL 60602

    312.744.5822 or ZBA@cityofchicago.org

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