Protesters Continue Fight For Community Benefits Agreement With Obama Library

Bob Roberts
June 03, 2018 - 3:42 pm

Obama Foundation


CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Fifty protesters who want former President Barack Obama, the city of Chicago and the University of Chicago to sign a wide-ranging community benefits agreement marched through the school's campus Saturday.

Protester Shaniya Doyle said current Woodlawn residents don’t want to be priced out, and they want an agreement -- a contract, of sorts -- to address their many issues, fears and concerns. 

“My fear is that people that have lived here for many years, since they were little, will get displaced,” she said.

The former president has said he will not sign this kind of agreement because it could exclude groups and workers who have not signed onto it.

Protesters believe Obama will meet or exceed goals for hiring locally. It’s the University of Chicago they said they don’t trust. They want a new hotel, a conference center and dorms planned for the university to be subject to such an agreement.