No Games Chicago• Diverse group
social justice activists• North side, south side, west side• All volunteers• Not funded by anyone or any group• First event public forum @ UIC Jan 31 attended by 250
Why we opposed the games•
They would’ve bankrupted the city• They would’ve destroyed public parks• They would’ve displaced poor and working class families from neighborhoods next to venue sites• They would’ve provided tens of millions of dollar to the Machine’s political coffers. Result: destruction of independent politics.
“Financing is the biggest obstacle,”said
Jerry Karlik, a principal at KargilDevelopment, which has doneprojects in the South Loop andresponded to a bid committee requestfor expressions of interest in theOlympic Village earlier this year.“There’s going to have to be somesort of assistance: guarantees, taxcredits or something.Mr. Karlik, who attended theluncheon, said he figures lenderstoday won’t finance more than 60% to70% of a project, compared with 80%to 90% before the recession.“Someone’s going to have to come tothe table to fill the void,” he said.”May 13, 2009
THIS WAS GIVEN TO ALDERMEN
IN SECRET BRIEFINGSBUT… WHERE IS THE ACCOUNTING FOR:• $86 MILLION TO BUY HOSPITAL SITE?• TENS OF MILLIONS TO CLEAN UP HOSPITAL SITE?• $100 MILLION T.I.F. FOR VILLAGE• $35 MILLION FROM PARK DISTRICT FOR 2 VENUES?• LOST REVENUES FROM LOSS OF 1,600 BOAT SLIPS FOR 3 YEARS+?• LOST REVENUES SUCKED UP BY 2 DEDICATED T.I.F.s?• REPLACING SCHOOLS THAT WILL BE DEMOLISHED?• BILLIONS FOR SECURITY?
Don’t believe their numbers…• Vancouver
athlete’s village cost up to almost $1 billion NOW for 1,100 units• BUT 2016’s village for 7,000+ units that won’t even break ground until YEARS from now is ALSO budgeted at $1 billion
The challenge – to deliver
our materialsto the IOC directly.The obstacle – tight security everywhere,including the Danish army, Copenhagenpolice, the Secret Service and the 2016Committee’s own private security detailfrom Chicago!
Lessons Un-learned• Grassroots vision of
local prosperity• Privatization• Corruption and insider deals• Death of democracy/civic discourse in Chicago• Who is watching out for us?• Build winning coalition for 2014…