Rogers Park's organization of the left has decided that Alderman Cappleman is fighting a "war on the poor". At approximately 7 am this morning they tweeted that they will be joining the alderman for a community meal Wednesday tomorrow at 5pm at his office in the 46th ward. Click here for their twitter page. Perhaps they would be happier with Alderman Shiller back in the fold to maintain the status quo in Uptown? (The above flyer is from Occupy Rogers Park's Facebook page.)
(Latest) Update #5 3/6/13 9:30 pm Dnainfo.com provides excellent coverage of the actual event which featured the usual suspects including the infamous Thomas Westgard dressed up as Marie Antoinette, Jon Trott with his bullhorn, no picture of Jeffrey Littleton however, did you make it Jeff?
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Update #1 @ 1pm 3/5/13 - Occupy Rogers Park has posted a pigeon on their Facebook page with the caption "Alderman Cappleman wants to treat the homeless as humanely as he treats me (Mr. Pigeon). Does that mean he's going to trap them in nets and bring them to a shooting range in Indiana for target practice?"
Update #2 9:30 am 3/6/13 - Food at today's event from 5-7pm in front of Alderman Cappleman's office will be provided by Food Not Bombs the outfit that worked out of the Mess Hall in Rogers Park and is always giving away free food at the Morse L stop.
"Join us in front of 46th Ward Alderman James Cappleman's office this Wednesday, March 6 from 5-7pm for a community gathering.
Soup will be provided by Food Not Bombs at no cost, to anyone and everyone who wants a hot meal. Other food donations are in the works.
We will also hear from community members who are concerned about the alderman's plan for our neighborhood. The recent incident concerning the Salvation Army food trucks is only the latest example in a series of callous maneuvers by Alderman Cappleman. But we, the residents of Uptown, will not continue to stand idly by as he sells off our community to the highest bidder. "Update #3 3/6/13 @ 11 am Dnainfo.com publishes a story summarizing the situation. http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20130306/uptown/capplemans-war-on-poor-rogers-park-activists-protest-uptown
Update #4 3/6/13 @ 5 pm OccupyRP RT @BaburRealer #FoodNotBombs is getting ready to serve food and WGN also at the @UptownUprising event was recently retweeted.
This outrage has to do with Alderman Cappleman's proposal to shut down one of the last cubicle hotels in the city the Wilson Men's Hotel on Wilson (needless to say the living conditions there are substandard). The Hotel Chateau is going to be renovated for market rate housing in nearby Lakeview the southern part of Cappleman's ward. Recently Alderman Cappleman's attempt to get the Salvation Army to change their approach to feeding and helping the homeless has drawn criticism. Mr Cappleman is a social worker with lots of experience and it makes sense to try a different approach if the current one isn't yielding good results. Or maybe it is just easier to say he is waging a war on the poor?
First we have Organization of the North East marching upon the home of Chicago Flats partner Jay Michael in the Gold Coast and now we have Occupy Rogers Park up in arms against Alderman Cappleman. Sounds like Uptown and Mr Cappleman are on the right track if these organizations are upset. Yes there is nothing special about these neighborhoods that they are deemed permanent resting places for concentrated low income housing. In order for the city of Chicago to move forward Rogers Park and Uptown have to be allowed to improve and for the whole region to share the resposibility for housing the poor and indigent. Most recently the Wilson Men's Hotel one of the last cubicle hotels in the city may be shut down causing an uproar among those special interests wishing to keep the city mired in the past.