The efforts to save Chicago’s 13th District Police station continue, with a massive rally being held tonight. The location of the rally is Ukrainian Cultural Center located at 2247 W. Chicago Ave (at Oakley & Chicago) and will be held tonight Tuesday, October 25th at 5:30 p.m. More than 500 community residents are expected to attend the rally, which has been gaining tremendous steam in recent days. There is an online petition and a facebook fan page. A press release concerning the rally below.
Are you concerned about losing your Police Station on Wood?
We need you to come out to a rally to show
your community pride and help Save the 13th!
We need EVERYONE concerned about their neighborhood to be counted so stand up! Together, we need to show we care what happens to the 13th. Don’t think someone else will do it – we need you!
Join us at the rally to save the 13th District Police Station on Tuesday, October 25 at 5:30pm at the Ukrainian Cultural Center, 2247 W. Chicago (at Oakley). Bring friends, children, family, neighbors and roommates!
At 6:30pm, please join Aldermen Moreno and Waguespack who will host a town hall meeting with Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy inside the Center. All are welcome to attend this town hall meeting. Based on a similar meeting, Superintendent McCarthy will try to explain why the removal of the station and a ‘guaranteed’ police presence will be better for us.
Closing the 13th will not accomplish the Mayor’s objectives and it will have a devastating effect on the neighborhood and surrounding districts. The 13th is part of a hub and web of police protection for Chicago.
The reality is the City is severely short on police officers in general, as much as 2500 police officers according to Michael Shields, President of the Fraternal Order of Police. Moreover, as officers retire or leave the force, the City does not replace the position.
See the ‘Hard Facts’ page to learn more.
This closure effects not just those living, working and visiting the area directly affected, but Chicago as a whole through removing an important link in overall police coverage. Are you willing to take that risk by doing nothing?
Come out and help save the 13th!
Parking is available at the Center and at St Vladimir and Olga Church on Superior (between Oakley and Leavitt). The lot is next to the Church and is open for this function.
The rally organizer is Anne Shaw, a lawyer and a 13th District resident. Anne has not let go of this issue and has vowed to vigorously fight the effort to close the station. Anne has started a successful online petition drive, that has already yielded 1601 supporters and the effort is expected to continue to grow, possibly spilling over into the other proposed station closings. There already is a movement afoot to organize in a big way, to save the 21st District station, which covers President Obama’s home in Hyde Park/Kenwood.
John is the author of an award-winning book, the 2010 Winner of the USA National Best Book award for African-American studies, published by The Elevator Group Mr. and Mrs. Grassroots: How Barack Obama, Two Bookstore Owners, and 300 Volunteers did it. Also available an eBook on Amazon. John is also a member of the Society of Midland Authors and is a book reviewer of political books for the New York Journal of Books