16 December, 2016| By: Kevin Trieu
Hey there folks! There was a lot of news that came out this week, and so rather than doing 3 separate stories spanning three weeks, I decided to combine them into all one story. Let me know what you think!
On Monday, the City’s Finance Committee moved to loosen the ban on tobacco sales near schools. Previously the city had an ordinance on the books that banned the sales of menthol and flavored cigarettes within 500 feet of all schools in Chicago. The lift on the ban is for stores within 500 feet of an elementary or middle school, but not for any store near a high school. The revised ordinance has also been approved by the Full City Council; however, no story has been published on the move yet.
The City of Chicago’s Police Department has been in the midst of some serious shakeups in the aftermath of increased scrutiny of the Department. One change led to the replacement of Daniel Godsel, of the 9th Police District, with Stephen Chung, a 20 year vet of the Police Force. Godsel will be in a new role as the Commander of Police Training and Education. The appointment Stephen Chung as the new 9th District Commander is seen largely as a reflection of the changing demographics of the 9th Police District. The 9th Police District includes Chinatown, Armour Square, and Bridgeport which has seen a growing and expanding Asian American population. The appointment has also been applauded by the many Asian Americans in the community. “Having an Asian-American commander in a district so heavily populated by Asian-Americans will provide vital cultural understanding in addition to excellent law enforcement,” said Esther Wong Executive Director of the Chinese American Service League.
While not important to CASAP’s work at all, we wanted to let you know a story about some community organizing work done a long time ago. In the 60s and 70s, it used to cost a dime to get into a public bathroom stall, across the country. A group of Chicago residents felt it unfair that someone would need to pay to use a public restroom, and that it disproportionately affected women more than men as urinals were free to use. The group was part of a larger, national movement called the Committee to End Paid Toilets in America (CEPTIA). The local Chicago group met regularly, sent letters to editors, reached out to local politicians, and found themselves a champion for the cause in 40th Ward Alderman Seymour Simon.
What are your thoughts on the loosening ban on Flavored Tobacco products around schools? Thoughts on the new Police Commander for the 9th District? What can you learn from the story about paid toilets? Comment Down Below. Also, if you like this “news wrap-up” format, please let me know. Thanks!