Equity March Calls For Better Housing, Education, Healthcare In Black Communities

Jim Gudas
July 04, 2020 - 4:30 pm
CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A South Side march and rally brought attention to the demand for better equity in predominantly Black communities. 
Saturday's rally was organized by Journey for Justice Alliance and called for improvements in education, safety, housing, jobs and health care for Black communities that have long suffered from a lack of equity.
Journey for Justice Alliance organizer Jitu Brown said for those to happen, three things are needed: more attention paid to and money invested in Black communities by the government, a greater commitment by corporations and businesses and programs to help bring more Black-owned businesses to Black communities.
Equity march
A rally and march were held on the South Side on Saturday to demand racial equity on several fronts. (Jim Gudas/WBBM)
"If we pay taxes, the return on our investment, for every American, should be to be able to walk down the street to a world-class school," Brown said. "They should be able to have grocery stores in their community, good housing, economic development opportunities, healthcare." 
He said the fight for racial equity on the South Side has been going on for years, especially in terms of education.
After rallying at Chicago Police Headquarters at 35th and Michigan, the protesters marched about three miles south to Dyett High School.
Plans to close the school in 2015 were reversed after Brown, other community activists and parents staged a 34-day hunger strike.

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