Communities for an Equitable Olympics

July 24th, 2008

Amisha Patel of the Grassroots Collaborative and Jay Travis of the Kenwood Oakland Community Organization talking about negotiating a community benefits agreement by the Communities for an Equitable Olympics 2016 on WNUA 95.5 FM's Amisha Patel of the Grassroots Collaborative and Jay Travis of the Kenwood Oakland Community Organization talking about negotiating a community benefits agreement by the Communities for an Equitable Olympics 2016 on WNUA 95.5 FM’s “City Voices” hosted by Community Media Workshop president Thom Clark for broadcast Sunday August 24 at 6:30 a.m. Photo by Jessica Rosenberg.


Recorded July 23, 2008
WNUA Broadcast date: Sunday July, 26, 2008
 
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Chicagoans, particularly south side residents in the Washington Park and Kenwood-Oakland communities, worry how the masses of spectators and new stadium construction will impact their communities.

In these south side neighborhoods, where there are few job opportunities and limited access to transportation, wouldn’t the Olympics bring positive changes?  But more importantly, what happens after the Olympics leaves town?

Working to sustain long-term employment opportunities and affordable housing beyond the Olympics, Communities for an Equitable Olympics 2016 is a newly formed organization of neighborhood and labor organizations.

On this episode of “City Voices,” we’ll hear more about the organizing efforts of Communities for an Equitable Olympics from three groups involved in the campaign.  We’ll hear from Amisha Patel director of the Grassroots collaborative, Jay Travis, xecutive director of the Kenwood-Oakland Community Organization and Denise Dixon from Action Now.




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