On Saturday evening, there was an emergency community meeting at the National A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum, which is a part of the recently declared Pullman National Monument. The meeting was courtesy of the museum director David Peterson Jr. & Museum 44.
This meeting, put together by APRPPM’s Youth and Young Adult Division Museum 44, Chicago’s Young and Powerful, & Randolph’ s Dream Community Development Corporation, presented the Pullman Think Tank. The meeting was brought together to discuss the cause of community violence & to present a strategy for the use of a different approach. The problems discussed were poverty, crime, & lack of investment that will positively impact the residents. The causes brought up were economic abuse, lack of employment, & lack of economic opportunities. Economic abuse is a form of abuse when one has control over the another persons access to economic resources, which dimishes the victim’s capacity to support him/herself and forces him/her to depend on the perpetrator financially.
The suggested solutions all fall under a community recommitment strategy. This strategy will be realized through cultural economic development, which come under the broader umbrella of tourism. Cultural economic development is achieved through economic development efforts with arts & cultural talents or events as the driving initiatives & emphasizes economic development and cultural partners in the planning, establishment & has a clear intent of cultural & economic effects for the community.
The Community Economic Development Power Project or CEDPP will serve as a catalyst of financial education in the urban setting. This is a 10 phase project that will be accomplished by providing innovative programming, entrepreneurial mentorship, investment coaching, direct access to resources & a wealth of knowledge.
The concerns are notifying the alderman, connecting with other communities, & making concerns known by contacting elected officials. The actions being taken are staying a briefing memo to send out, reaching out to potential investors, & finding organizations that offer services needed to implement plan & work with them on the effort.
The next phase will be a Juneteenth celebration on June 20th. The community re-commitment celebration will take place at The National A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum on 10406 S. Maryland Ave. It will be hosted by M.U.R.A.L., formerly known as the Lupe Fiasco Foundation, Hip Hop Scholars, E.Y.T.T., & The Black Mail. There will be a guest appearance by GLC & performances by KM Tha Original & many more. It will be broadcasted live & there will be games, food, & fun for everybody. There will also be special guests the Dodo Chapter of The Tuskegee Airmen, Chicago Crossroads Corvette Club, 10th Calvary Mounted Buffalo Soldiers, Chicago Black Cowboys & Cowgirls, & Move Me Soul Dame Company. So come out Saturday June 20th from 12-4pm.