WBEZ | Grassroots Collaborative http://www.wbez.org/tags/grassroots-collaborative Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Making Media Connections 2013 Keynote Address: Laura Washington and Amisha Patel http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/making-media-connections-2013-keynote-address-laura-washington-and-amisha <p><div><em>Chicago Sun-Times</em> columnist and WLS-TV political analyst Laura Washington will conduct the midday Making Media Connections keynote conversation with Grassroots Collaborative Executive Director Amisha Patel. She shares stories and techniques about how organizing tactics are changing in 21st century urban neighborhoods, her reaction to the closing of 61 Chicago public schools and how it affected the community to fight back, how she became an organizer and why it is important to her to continue to support the community.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>How are digital tools and social media blending with traditional door-to-door, one-on-one organizing? What communications strategies are campaigns utilizing in a shifting media landscape where there are fewer reporters covering our stories?</div><div><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/CMW-webstory_4.jpg" title="" /></div><p>Recorded live Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at Columbia College Chicago Film Row Cinema.</p></p> Tue, 04 Jun 2013 14:48:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/making-media-connections-2013-keynote-address-laura-washington-and-amisha At Emanuel budget forum, TIF question raises roof http://www.wbez.org/story/emanuel-budget-forum-tif-question-raises-roof-91374 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-September/2011-09-01/Rahm2.JPG_.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The questions Wednesday night ranged from potholes to bus fares, from school-day hours to traffic-aide layoffs. But nothing roused the crowd like the city’s 165 tax-increment-financing districts, which draw off half-a-billion property-tax dollars a year for economic development.</p><p>About 700 people overflowed a gym at Malcolm X College on Chicago’s West Side for Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s second public meeting on a city budget gap he says will top $635 million.</p><p>Ashley Moy-Wooten of the Chicago-based Grassroots Collaborative told the mayor too many TIF dollars have gone to big companies like United Airlines.</p><p>“Would you commit to not giving any money to these giant corporations?” she asked, provoking the evening’s biggest round of applause. “And would you commit to shutting down these downtown TIFs?”</p><p>Emanuel made no promises but said it was “wrong” for the big companies to get TIF funds when neighborhoods were suffering. “I can’t reverse the past,” the mayor added. “I have to shape the future. That’s why I created a new standard that we finally have.”</p><p>Emanuel said a TIF overhaul proposed this week by a panel he appointed would bring more transparency and jobs.</p><p>The 90-minute forum followed a similar event Monday evening at Kennedy-King College on the city’s South Side.</p></p> Thu, 01 Sep 2011 05:21:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/emanuel-budget-forum-tif-question-raises-roof-91374