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The People's OPL (Obama Presidential Library)

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“…Construction of the Obama Presidential Library itself is estimated to cost around $600 million, and could result in the creation of an estimated 1,900 permanent jobs. Surrounding neighborhoods could see $30 million in new food and retail development, which the report says could translate into as many as thirty restaurants, eleven stores, and a hotel.” (Uchicagogate.com)

Given the potential community impact, is a community benefits agreement necessary?  The Obama Foundation argues “no”, as the construction of the OPL, in and of itself, is a community benefit.  Some local community organizations agree, adding that the  Obamas can be trusted, and that it’s an insult to ask them to enter into such an agreement.  However, the Obama Library South Side Community Benefits Agreement Coalition feels differently, given the historic displacement of low-income Black residents through the construction of the Dan Ryan Expressway, the CHA Plan for Transformation and fallout from school closings. Join us for a lively discussion on the Obama Presidential Library and the prospects of negotiating a community benefits agreement to protect community interests.  Guests include Allegra Cira-Fischer, Staff Attorney with The Law Project; Jawanza Malone, Executive Director, KOCO and Dominic Surya, Organizer, Prayer and Action Collective of  the Obama-library CBA Coalition. 

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