(GRCAM Honors Former Mayor of Chicago Harold Washington)

I remember Harold Washington when I was in high school I was proud to see a positive black man in a high position. Many people think that the best way for social change to take place is within the system I beg the differ Obama had an opportunity to invest in our inner cities yet due to political pressure he did not. I think the best way for social change to take place is through a business. As soon as I am able to start my Christian business the Grass Roots Community Activist Institute of Chicago, under our political component we will focus on getting our laws on the books known as community rights which will help build safer neighborhoods, create great schools, and with purposeful jobs. And together, we can build bridges so that we can all thrive in vibrant communities.

Success in life requires access to quality education, resources, and, most importantly, systems that will support us in getting there. This is why I am creating my business within the inner cities to assist families that want to utilize our programs and services. In this great country, success should be possible for every family and law-abiding citizen. But in Trump’s America, too many hardworking citizens are constantly faced with new taxes, don’t have access to quality healthcare, daycare, or elder care, can’t make ends meet, don’t feel safe and they just don’t see how they can get from behind the eight ball. We’ve got to change that, and we’ve got to change that NOW.

We are told to play by the rules, to work hard, and to be persistent. But I want to make sure the rules are fair and work for all of us. GRCAI will put forth a referendum on the ballot for just laws where each of us can live in a safe neighborhood, near a great school, down the street from parks, across from places to eat and shop, and with purposeful jobs and careers.

First, we need social safety nets in our inner cities to strengthen relationships between diverse people. In this diverse country, we should have each other’s back. But actually, some people are trying to divide us and keep us apart. They say I don’t belong, you are not good enough ect…But we know we are stronger when we work together that’s the legacy our grandparents left us during the Civil Rights Era.

Our skin color may not be the same tone, we may not do the same type of work, and we may not live the same way, but our core values of honesty, equity, a strong work ethic, and the chance to achieve should not be a Dream, it should be the American Promise. GRCAI platform will be built on two ideas: Building a positive life, and being a bridge. As an upcoming social entrepreneur, I know the best ideas come when diverse thinkers come to the table and solve problems together. I will build alliances, coalitions, and support across our communities of race, color, and creed. I’ve spent my life in the background assisting teachers and nonprofits I did this by listening to them and helping them achieve their goals.

Through GRCAI we’re going to create better, safer, and more economic empowerment opportunities in our urban communities by listening and helping, not by playing politics. We all want to be part of a vibrant community. The way to get there is to ensure everyone has the skills for a job, the opportunity to get a job, and the chance to achieve the American Promise. We can help people in the city of Chicago build the skills to get hired. We will ensure every adult has a job or career, all of our students improve their academic skills so that they can land their dream job and elders can feel respected and safe in their own community again.

Everyone deserves to feel safe, no matter what zip code they live in. We need to make long-term changes to make our communities safer, like providing our youth with more opportunities. There are also things we can do right now: curbing access to illegal guns, giving neighborhoods more say in developing community policing, and providing after-school programs to give children a safe place from violence. This is another reason why I am trying so hard to start GRCAI in Chicago our children deserve better.

Small businesses play an important role in sustaining communities. Under our political component we will work to pass legislation that makes it easier for entrepreneurs to thrive, in turn, making our communities more vibrant and successful. By helping small businesses and investing in community programs and institutions, GRCAI aims to bring new growth to the Westside and Southside low income African American communities. Quality education is key to opening the doors of opportunity for young black people. GRCAI will create resources for our children and more choices for families. The quality of a child’s education should not be determined by the neighborhood they grow up in. My experience mentoring students in disadvantaged areas for over a decade, I understand the struggle students, teachers, and parents face when schools don’t have the resources they need to succeed.

The Grass Roots Community Activist Institute of Chicago will be a magnificent interactive space for events. We will host birthday parties, art shows, and conferences in a safe environment. We seek to be a positive outreach within the inner cities starting on the Westside of Chicago for Austin, Garfield Park, and the North Lawndale community residents and eventually somewhere on the Southside of Chicago. You are doing much more than buying a book, when you purchase my revised book “The Solution For Black America: Reclaiming, Rebuilding, And Restoring The Urban Ghettos In America” second edition which is available on Amazon you are helping me to reach millions across the United States who are just as concerned about our inner city youth and their families who are trapped in American ghettos due to socio-economic factors and institutionalized racism.

GRCAI will consist of both a nonprofit sector and a for profit sector. Our nonprofit sector will serve as a community space, providing after school programs, a variety of other outreach and spiritual fellowship. I am not into organized religion that’s why my focus is on creating a Christian business beyond the four walls of the church.

The Grass Roots Community Activist Institute of Chicago objectives are as follows:

• Committed to furthering economic empowerment within the communities we will serve

• Promoting affordable housing and healthcare within the communities we will serve

• Advocating for small businesses to have equal access to capital

• Fight for safer neighborhoods within the communities we will serve

• Challenging the system, advocating for new ideas and policies

• Standing up for social injustice

The only thing which is preventing me from starting my Christian business in Chicago is the lack of manpower and the capital this is why I use social media to get my message out to the public through my Youtube videos, my Social Groups, my Blog Postings, my online talkshow, and now through my revised book. Since Black America has rejected my plan for the past 26 years l have decided to make my organization private membership based in order to weed out small minded individuals who don’t care about black life, inner-city youth and their families, or the black community. No harden criminals, No active gang members, No urban terrorist, No pedofiles, and no half steppers allowed. GRCAI will be open to all ordinary law-abiding citizens, all racial groups, and undiscovered artist. This is my contribution back to my community, society and throughout the African Diaspora.

Show and Prove

http://chicagotonight.wttw.com/2017/11/21/remembering-harold-washington-chicago-s-1st-african-american-mayor

My Createspace Author Page:

https://www.createspace.com/4021116

Help Stop The Genocide In American Ghettos

https://actionnetwork.org/groups/help-stop-the-genocide-in-american-ghettos

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