WE WILL NO LONGER BE BANNED FROM DOWNTOWN CHICAGO!
CALL TO ACTION:
The City of Chicago and State of Illinois should immediately investigate racial discrimination inflicted upon members of the hospitality industry by a select number of politicians and the Chicago Police Department. We are calling for the same opportunities as all business owners operating in Chicago and for “their knee to be taken off our neck!”
WHO IS A VICTIM:
The aforementioned black and brown industry workers have been systematically blocked from conducting business in downtown Chicago’s entertainment district because of the color of their skin.
The targeted racist practices include, but are not limited to:
-threats of liquor/business license revocation
-forced business closures
-erroneous ticketing targeting African American events
-threats towards venue owners who’ve hosted minority events
-selective enforcement of laws targeting minority events
Chicago’s downtown entertainment district mainly includes the River North neighborhood and surrounding area. This high-trafficked, financially-viable hot spot is not inclusive of African American hospitality industry workers, owners or party-goers. Whereas, Black people and Latinos represent more than 60% of Chicago’s population, downtown’s entertainment district is not representative of these numbers. People of color are essentially being REDLINED out of this community financially and socially.
WHY IT MATTERS:
These exclusionary practices have cost thousands of black and brown people jobs in the hospitality and entertainment industry. Working at, or attending, a restaurant or club is not simply entertainment; it is viable employment, which provides for our families and our communities. Why would you want to be in this area? The same reason anyone would want to conduct business in River North—it is fiscally advantageous.
Prohibiting black and brown people from participating equitably in this industry is disadvantageous to our “world-class” city. The segregation and disparity that African Americans and others experience is intolerable, outdated, and will no longer be accepted. All black and brown chefs, cooks, waitresses, bar tenders, promoters, general managers, security guards, valet, general managers, owners, etc. have a right to conduct business in Chicago’s highly-coveted entertainment district without harassment or targeted sabotage.
If you, or anyone you know, has ever experienced racial discrimination within the hospitality industry… PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION! And join us in the fight to CHANGE this culture of racist and discriminatory business practices.