BYP100 Feature: Read the ‘Agenda to Build Black Futures’ Now

BYP100 has created the Agenda to Build Black Futures and it is a must-read.

They have outlined problems, solutions, and their proposed agenda for the preservation Black lives on their website.

The problems that BYP100 are fighting include the state of Black Youth in the U.S. economy where “it is hard to measure the extent of harm done to Black bodies, minds and souls as a result of systemic and longstanding economic violence, but we have to look at some of the numbers”, the unemployment rates among millennials, corporations that are making a profit on the prison system by creating products and services for them, the devaluation of Black women, the marginalization or trans- and queer Black people, and barriers that halt the Black community to garner wealth and assets.

Black Power: A Q&A With Charlene Carruthers

The office of Black Youth Project 100 is a few blocks from President Barack Obama’s private residence in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood. The organization’s national director, Charlene Carruthers, like Obama in his younger activist days, is a Chicago community organizer. The similarities may stop there. Indeed, Carruthers has been loudly calling for the resignation of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Obama’s longtime Chicago political ally who served as his White House chief of staff. Her complaint: Emanuel’s negligent leadership in the Chicago police shooting death of a black teenager in 2014.

The Rent In The New Cabrini Green Complex Is Ridiculous

A majority of the Chicago’s black population once lived on a stretch of South Side housing projects commonly referred to as “the Black Belt,” as well as other locations throughout the city. The projects were eventually emptied out, displacing tenants across the city and local suburbs, and torn down following years of debates and litigation. Now, one of those same properties is turning into upscale, high cost housing for those who can afford it.