Presidential candidates shun Black voters.

Some remember the monumental Black National Political Convention held in Gary, In in March 1972. It was convened by former Gary Mayor Richard Hatcher and author/activist Amari Baraka and Michigan Congressman Charlie Diggs, both of the latter are now deceased. It was the first time a collective of African Americans exclusively set out to forge an agenda in America...

Lucas, Hobson, and Emanuel blew museum deal by ignoring the little people

The fiasco that was to be a Star Wars-themed museum nestling Lake Michigan demonstrated a little discussed fact - the uber rich don't think like the rest of us. When George Lucas, creator of Star Wars and his Chicago-bred wife initially proposed the 300,0000 square foot edifice approximately two years ago they sought the blessings of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, which turned...

Rahm should follow the leader

Instead of repeatedly throwing ideas against a wall to see if any stick Mayor Rahm Emanuel should follow the lead of the Office of Neighborhood Safety in Richmond, CA.,http://_wp_link_placeholhttp://www.nccdglobal.org/sites/default/files/publication_pdf/ons-process-evaluation.pdf der where shootings have dropped precipitously. It has been reported countless times that Mr. Emanuel usually believes he is the smartest person in the room. When it comes to solving the violence...

Lack of progress calls for third political party

By LeRoi Brashears It is time African-Americans to form or join a new political party.  Our support for the Democratic Party has increased steadily over almost 60 years, yet, our political fortunes and standard of living have not truly improved. American Blacks identifying as Democrats went from 58 per cent in 1960 to 76 per cent   in 2012.  In 1960 60...

Police superintendent can make a difference

It's difficult to watch a news conference or interview with Chicago police superintendent-in-waiting Eddie Johnson and not think about music. For  Johnson it's the Mission Impossible theme song that seems to be playing in the background. When Mayor Rahm Emanuel arrives to talk police, Frank Sinatra's "I Did it My Way" looms in the distance.  Mr. Johnson takes the...

Put less focus on voter registration

While plethora organizations and individual opt to affect change in the political process by conducting voter registration drives, the DVC philosophy is it critical to work to get the one million registered, but inactive Chicago voters to the polls. This approach can better utilize the energy expended to find, register and inform those who have yet to register. Reaching out...

Medical cannabis dispensary plans July opening

Editor’s note: The words cannabis and marijuana are used interchangeably Across the nation medical cannabis legislation is being crafted, reworked and debated. Given that Illinois had legislation in place since August of 2013 the focus on medical cannabis has been at the local rather than state levels. When all the legislation was in place and licenses awarded to be a...

Do we need a third political party?

♦Editor's note: The 2016 presidential primary campaign has been one of the most contentious and vile in recent memory. The level of acrimony has re-ignited in many circles the call for a third political party. DePriest Voters Chronicles, in hopes of facilitating meaningful dialogue on that topic will offer readers a series of essays from everyday citizens on the...

When Rahm leaves, then what?

Amidst all of the clamor for Mayor Rahm Emanuel to resign in light of his refusal to release CPD dashcam video of a white veteran police officer shooting an unarmed Black teen 16 times, the question not being asked is what if the mayor does quit, then what? We know that should the mayor opt of completing his term...