The National A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum’s President and Executive Director, David A. Peterson Jr. announced an emergency meeting to take place Sunday May 31st at 5pm at the museum on Chicago’s South Side 10406 S. Maryland Ave. Chicago, IL (Entrance is on 104th St between Corliss and Maryland Ave). The meeting will unveil an innovative approach in addressing Chicago’s youth violence, before summer, with the innovative initiative “A Community Re–Commitment” strategy, using tools that we already have: History, Heritage and Cultural Tourism. “The vehicle is the Cultural Economy.”
This meeting is an SOS call to ALL Clergy, elected officials, business owners, homeowners, concerned community residents and constituents; and is being convened by Museum 44, the youth and young adult program division of the National A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum; located in Chicago’s new Pullman National Monument, Chicago’s Young and Powerful Group and Randolph’s Dream Community Development Corporation, with special invited guest Mayor Rahm Emanuel, City Treasurer Kurt Summer, Congresswoman Robin Kelly, Maze Jackson, State Representative Ken Dunkin, State Senator Don Trotter, Pullman community Champion, 9th Ward Alderman Anthony Beale, Reverend James Meeks, State Representative Elgie Sims, State Representative Marcus Evans and Cook County Commissioner Deborah Sims.
“Today Museum’s across the country are being asked to do more with less and a part of that task is for museums to do more outreach.” Says David Peterson Jr. “This is one such collaborative effort.”
This is an emergency call to action and strategy meeting to discuss violence in our communities and ways to jumpstart Economic Development using the tools that we have — and work towards taking tangible action steps for positive change before summer hits!
“The tools that we will use are History, Heritage, Cultural Tourism and the Cultural Economy.”
It is essential to note that we also recognize that we must enlist the wisdom of our elders in addressing this problem. This is why our call is to ALL Clergy, elected officials, etc. and why it is imperative to have our own 9th Ward Alderman Anthony Beale join us in the launch of this important effort.
In the wake of the tragic death of several youth and young adults in the city of Chicago, youth and young adult professionals throughout the Chicago-land area will meet at the Museum to unveil the details of how to implement this innovative strategy. This is a move to bring people together in peace and for a Call to ACTION!
The meeting is designed to be the launch of a Community Recommitment Movement and Community Economic Development Power Project (CEDPP). The focus is to build community partnerships in local neighborhoods and encourage stronger community involvement. A secondary goal is to emerge from the Pullman Think Tank with a concrete implementation strategy.
According to Peterson, the Arts can be used as an intervention strategy using the tool of Cultural Economic Development. “Most youth feel most comfortable expressing themselves through the umbrella of “Hip-Hop,” a cultural and musical genre that allows expression; it can be utilized as a tool and provides an outlet for social commentary and emotional expression.
If you cannot make the meeting and would like to watch, follow us LIVE on Ustream at http://ustre.am/1oFPX
Please RSVP by sending an email to Pullmanporterworkshops@gmail.com & for more information Contact: David Peterson at 773-331-6146