About twenty-five people showed up on Saturday morning for a lively discussion. As promised, we asked the question, “Is it a coincidence that groups suffering disproportionately from underperforming schools, chronic disease, poor air quality, limited access to healthy food, incarceration, and unemployment are also underrepresented at the polls?”
Click on the graphic to the right, or click here (pdf), to see the 6-page PowerPoint presentation we used. And check out the video below of Deburah Albury and Annie Jackson explaining what the Springfield Health Disparities Project is, and how to get involved.
And below that, check out the video of small business owner Bessie Crenshaw explaining a big problem with the new and improved State Street. There used to be parking on State Street in front of her store and several others (the 1000 through the 1100 blocks, all within the State Street Redevelopment and Economic Development Zone), but now there are “no parking” signs in front of those stores, as well as on the side streets. The impact on these small businesses has been dramatic. Bessie and her husband Leroy have created this impressive petition (pdf) on behalf of the Frederick Douglass Merchants’ Association. To send her a completed petition, to join them at a meeting with Mayor Sarno this week, or to just find out more, email her at bessie [at] crenshawl.com .
Filed under: Civil/human rights, Digital divide & media, Economic & workforce development, Health disparities, Local democracy & civic engagement, Transportation & infrastructure, Youth leadership development |