Obama just got a big dose of KARMA! His big presidential library on the South side of Chicago is running into the very community organizers just like he was. They want their slice of cheese…They don’t want to have higher rent and the gentrification that will come with the Obama library in their neighborhood. They want guaranteed employment at the library too. Here’s a quick interview with one resident:
Another resident, Efrem, on rent going up: “I don’t approve of it, because people over here barely doing what they can now to pay the rent that they is in this neighborhood. … It would be harder for a lot of families over here” pic.twitter.com/r9oetVUImA
— Pete Grieve (@pete_grieve) February 28, 2018
OBAMA SAYS TO TRUST HIM…DON’T DO IT!
“I’m being very honest with you at this point—we want to work with everybody in a transparent way,”
Listen to what Obama had to say: “I know the neighborhood. I know that the minute you start saying, ‘Well, we’re thinking about signing something that will determine who’s getting jobs and contracts and this and that’ … next thing I know, I’ve got 20 organizations coming out of the woodwork.”
Here's why Obama says they're not going to sign a community benefits agreement: pic.twitter.com/Rn0tfIDw4x
— Pete Grieve (@pete_grieve) September 14, 2017
The Community Benefits Agreement is a way to squeeze the person who’s building the proposed site. In other words, the local people are guaranteed jobs and rent is frozen so gentrification doesn’t take hold. Obama is refusing the very people who do what he used to do.
THE STORY OF ONE COMMUNITY ORGANIZER WHOSE CHICKENS HAVE COME HOME TO ROOST:
It’s the ultimate in irony: The world’s most famous ex-community organizer is facing a minor uprising from the community where his presidential center is supposed to be built—the same community, in fact, where he got his start in politics.
The center’s troubles became clear last September, when Jeanette Taylor, the education director of the Kenwood Oakland Community Organization, walked into the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place in Chicago with something on her mind. She was there for a public meeting with officials from the Obama Foundation, the entity that is building the Obama Center—a monument to the career of former President Barack Obama for which construction is scheduled to begin later this year in Woodlawn, a neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago. Taylor so wanted to be first in line for the microphone that nearly a dozen of her fellow community organizers had camped out overnight to save her a spot at the front of the line to get into the event.
As she entered the hotel ballroom, Taylor expected to interrogate a member of the foundation’s staff. Instead, she found herself face to face with Obama himself, appearing by video conference from Washington.
“The library is a great idea, but what about a community benefits agreement?” Taylor asked, referring to a contract between a developer and community organizations that requires investments in, or hiring from, a neighborhood where a project is built. “The first time investment comes to black communities, the first to get kicked out is low-income and working-class people. Why wouldn’t you sign a CBA to protect us?”
Measured as always, Obama began by telling Taylor, “I was a community organizer.” Then he said, “I know the neighborhood. I know that the minute you start saying, ‘Well, we’re thinking about signing something that will determine who’s getting jobs and contracts and this and that’ … next thing I know, I’ve got 20 organizations coming out of the woodwork.”
The answer infuriated Taylor, who pays $1,000 a month for the Woodlawn apartment she shares with her mother and two children, and is worried that the Obama Center’s cachet will drive up neighborhood rents. Months later, she is still furious at the former president.
“He got a lot of nerve saying that,” Taylor told me. “He forgotten who he is. He forgot the community got him where he is.” Keep reading…