PRCC Call to Action: A Call for Peaceful Prayer and Action for Racial Justice
"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another." John 13:34
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO SUPPORT AFFORDABLE HOUSING
1. Contact your Alderman
2. Contact the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) and Individual Commissioners
3. Contact the entire City Council
4. Attend City Council and P&Z (next meeting 6/30)
5. Write a Letter to the Editor of a local paper and post on social media
WHAT SHOULD I SAY?
Tell them why you care, what the benefits are as you see them
Promotes cultural and economic diversity
Assists local businesses to attract and retain employees; creates workforce housing
Helps alleviate traffic congestion and environmental impacts tied to long commutes
Attractive to seniors, young singles, and families, disabled, people of all backgrounds
Tell them you support the Affordable Housing policies in the Housing Chapter
Allow Accessory Dwelling Units where it makes sense
Create a Housing Fund for: senior retrofitting, historic preservation, assistance to potential homebuyers. Funded from fees on teardowns for large single-family homes.
State that you want your community to be INCLUSIVE and EQUITABLE
Keep your letter to one or two paragraphs
State that you want your letter to be read into the record at the next Council and P&Z meetings
WHERE DO I SEND MY LETTER?
City Council: email@example.com
Planning & Zoning Commission: firstname.lastname@example.org
Individual Alderman email addresses are listed on the city website under City Council
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN
Park Ridge Wonderful Website: parkridgewonderful.com
Call to Action
Rev. Carol Hill
"It is not enough to say that I am not a racist...we have to work at being Anti-Racist, working against the racist systems at work. I believe we have some highly gifted, compassionate, intelligent people here tonight...and together - we can make a difference, but it's going to take more than one night, more than one task...and we have to start somewhere - so let's start now."
CLICK HERE to read Rev. Hill's full Call to Action
Racial Justice Rally - June 2020
"Why are we here? We are here because of countless incidents too numerous to name...We must talk about the devastating effects of redlining and unfair bank policies and building interstates through Black communities. And we must talk about how that led to diminished educational and economic opportunities for far too many Black Americans."
CLICK HERE to read Mr. Hill's full message
Park Ridge Alderman Contact Information
Ready to get to work? Contact your local Alderman to ask them what they are doing to work toward change.
Marty Maloney, Mayor
John J. Moran, First Ward Alderman
Maureen Hartwig, Second Ward Alderman
Roger Shubert, Fourth Ward Alderman
Charlie Melidosian, Fifth Ward Alderman
Marc Mazzuca, Sixth Ward Alderman
Marty Joyce, Seventh Ward Alderman
We promote principles of democracy: inclusion, respect, equity, and the health of our planet. Truth Matters!
All are welcome to join this Park Ridge social activist group. We promote principles of democracy, inclusion, respect, equity and the health of our planet. Learn more about Action Ridge here.
June 2020 Letter to the Editor
The following is a letter written by members of Action Ridge
"No one is free when others are oppressed."
-- Martin Luther King Jr.
We are Action Ridge and our purpose is to promote principles of democracy: inclusion, respect, equity, and the health of our planet. We believe that truth matters. The truth is that racism is wrong, painful, and hurts everyone. The truth is racism exists and denying it and blaming others does nothing to change the truth or the systems that perpetuate policies of injustice.
In 2016, the divisive, fear mongering, and oppressive tactics seen in the presidential campaign shifted many of our perspectives. A few of us pledged to work together to affect change. And so we formed the social activist group, open to all, now known as Action Ridge. As a group and individually we work to build a Beloved Community in Park Ridge and beyond.
As mostly white, middle class and middle or upper aged individuals, we acknowledge our lack of understanding of what our sisters and brothers of color face every day. WE do know that for each person brutally treated and killed because of racial bias, the pain grows and radiates outward. The names George, Ahmaud, Breonna, and many others, are now tragically familiar and each represents a family, a story, a beloved life lost. We grieve and hurt with our sisters and brothers of color.
Our goal is to continue to respect, include, see & listen to each other. But, importantly, we act. Some of our actions include a diversity group learning about racial injustices, working on fair and affordable housing practices in our community, advocation to reduce gun violence and more. Please join us at email@example.com to stand with us in action against racial injustice.
Nan Parson and Liz Swanson
For Our White Friends Desiring to Be Allies
By Courtney Ariel
I have been asked by two dear friends, "how can I be a stronger ally?" Being the slow emotional processor that I am, I wanted to spend some time with this before I answered them. I surely appreciate and love these two individuals, and I appreciate their vulnerability in asking me this question. Read more here...