By Ray Hanania
When Arab American companies wanted assist to struggle in opposition to the racism of Mayor Lori Lightfoot and the Chicago Constructing Division which focused Arab-owned companies, Alderman Raymond Lopez of the fifteenth Ward didn’t hesitate to face up and communicate out in opposition to the racism.
Ald. Lopez’ assist helped put a shiny highlight on what Mayor Lightfoot was attempting to do, make the Arab Companies a scapegoat for town’s rising avenue gang associated violence and rising homicide charge.
One of many first teams to face up and defend Arab American companies was the Arab American Chamber of Commerce of Illinois. The AACC helped set up the focused enterprise homeowners and reached out to elected officers like Ald. Lopez to talk out and lift the difficulty to pressure Lightfoot to backdown.
The press conferences and media interviews had been vital as a result of Lightfoot knew that if nobody reported on what she had finished, nobody would stress her to cease. Ald. Lopez’s function ensured that the media coated the Mayor’s misguided and racist coverage forcing it to cease. Click here for details.
You may click on this hyperlink to learn the various tales within the media that had been revealed in regards to the first wave of closures in Sept. 2021 and the second smaller wave of closures that happened in Could 2022. Each had been stopped and Lightfoot was thrown out of workplace when her re-election failed.
Though some Arab Individuals, like on the Arab Enterprise and Skilled Affiliation (ABPA), noticed this as a chance to face with Mayor Lightfoot an exploit the controversy to get near Chicago Metropolis Corridor energy, nearly all of companies spoke out in opposition to the racism and demanded that it cease backing the AACC.
Greater than 50 to 100 Arab owned companies had been pressured to shut in the summertime of 2021, companies that had been close to areas during which avenue gang gun violence had taken place. “Blame the Arabs” was Lightfoot’s insurance policies and a few Arab quislings supported her marketing campaign closing their eyes to Arab American want.
However Ald. Raymond Lopez helped convey consideration to the apply and took part in a press convention in earlySeptember 2021 to demand that Lightfoot cease the racist stereotyping of Arab American companies.
The subsequent day, below stress from the information media, Lightfoot ordered a halt to the closures. A lot of the shops, that had been harassed and closed by town’s “Process Pressure” for months had been allowed to open, inside days.
In Could 2022, after the difficulty had settled down, Lightfoot once more ordered a crackdown on shops and companies owned by Arabs that had been close to the place violence had occurred. Once more, Alderman Lopez stood by Arab Companies and denounced the concentrating on, as soon as once more forcing Metropolis Corridor to face down.
Alderman Raymond Lopez is now asking for assist and he has a fundraiser scheduled for Friday, September 20, 2023. And now’s the time that Arab American companies and retailer homeowners ought to get up and assist him.
Be part of the fifteenth Ward Democratic Common Group this Friday, September twenty ninth, for a luncheon honoring the Honorable Raymond A. Lopez, Alderman & Committeeman of Chicago’s fifteenth Ward! at Cafe Bionda, 1924 S. State Road which will probably be held from 11 AM till 1 PM.
For extra data, please name 773-306-1975.
Alderman Raymond Lopez stood up for us. We have to get up for Alderman Lopez.
I’m proud to assist him.
Be part of fifteenth Ward Democrats in honoring Chicago’s most senior Latino Alderman & Democratic Committeeman, Hon. Raymond A. Lopez.
Friday, September 29, 2023
Cafe Bionda | 1924 S. State St.
11 AM – 1 PM
Checks can be mailed to:
The fifteenth Ward Common Democratic Org.
2650 W. 51st Road (Rear)
Chicago, IL 60632
(Ray Hanania is an award profitable former Chicago Metropolis Corridor reporter. A political analyst and CEO of City Methods Group, Hanania’s opinion columns on mainstream points are revealed within the Southwest News Newspaper Group in the Des Plaines Valley News, Southwest News-Herald, The Regional News, The Reporter Newspapers. His Center East columns are revealed within the Arab News. For extra data on Ray Hanania go to www.Hanania.com or e mail him at [email protected].)
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