Chance The Rapper Attends Chicago City Council Meeting To Stop $95 Million Plan To Build Police Academy
Yesterday, Chance The Rapper attended a city council meeting in Chicago to oppose a proposal on Mayor Rahm Emanual's plan to build a $95 million police academy in West Garfield Park. When Chance showed up to give his speech, Mayor Rahm Emanual walked out before he could start talking. According to ABC7 Chicago, the Mayor said he stepped out to wish his mother a happy birthday. Despite the Mayor missing what Chance had to say, it didn't stop him from trying to convince the alderman that a lot of that money should be used for school funding and job training not policing.
“I think you guys are familiar with the work that I’ve been doing. We’re doing a lot of work with Orr Academy, which is just down the street from where this proposed police academy is gonna be at. This school, with just $100,000 in 3 years, is about to make some transformative changes. It’d be awesome, though, if we could get pools at their school, or a new library, or a museum, or any of the things that are proposed in the budget for this $95 million cop academy … There are a lot of different services that need to be funded. Obviously, schooling is my big thing, but there are a lot of ways to transform the city without policing.”
By the end of the meeting, they voted 48-1 to pay $10 million for 30 acres of vacant land for the academy. Check out the video below of Chance's speech.