Community members can share their vision for equity in Evanston at any of four upcoming town hall meetings.

The sessions, moderated by the city’s equity and empowerment coordinator, Patricia A. Efiom, will address issues of access, equity and empowerment. 

Meetings will be held:

  • Monday, April 17, 10:30 a.m. to noon in the Parasol Room at the Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave.
  • Tuesday, April 18, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center, 1655 Foster St.
  • Wednesday, April 19, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., in the Parasol Room at the Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave.
  • Thursday, April 27, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd.

Update 10:30 a.m. 4/12/17: The city this morning announced that the location of the April 27 meeting is being moved to the Linden Room at the Levy Center, 300 Dodge Ave., and that an additional session will be held from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25, at the Evanston Public Library.

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    1. New to many

      Hi Nina,

      I think that when introducing what may be a new and somewhat unfamiliar phrase to many readers, one that pairs two somewhat disparate concepts, the quote marks help.

      Just because it’s “old hat” to you, doesn’t mean it is to everybody.

      See the comment from “Claned” below.

      — Bill

    2. Agreed.  Perhaps, though, you

      Agreed.  Perhaps, though, you can define specifically what this means for the Evanston resident?

      1. After the meetings …

        We published everything of substance there was in the city news release announcing the meetings.

        We also reported on the hiring of the equity and empowerment coordinator.

        Expect to know more about what happens at the meetings after they’ve happened.

        — Bill

  1. What exactly do they mean by “access, equity, and empowerment?”

    This is really vague. Access to what? City services? Are people being denied access to city services

    Equity means being fair and impartial. That seems clear enough. The city should be fair and impartial in allocation of resources and development of policies.

    Empowerment? This means having the power to do something. What does this have to do with city government? Are they trying to farm out city services to private individuals, i.e. ‘You are empowered to drive your own trash to the dump’?


    1. I guess Evanston has a racism problem

      It means to lash out at white privilege and institutional racism. D202 spent $350,000 to have the Pacific Education Group (PEG) hold seminars to combat white privilege and institutional racism. As far as a I know not one racist has been identified at D202.

      I suppose some think Evanston has a racism problem. Who knew?

  2. Taxpayers on the hook for

    Taxpayers on the hook for $110,000.00 a year in salary for a position to discuss “visions of equity.” The ways liberal cities think of ways to spend pointless amounts of money is breathtaking.

  3. Noticeably north side

    How about a session at the Levy Center?  Or the Robert Crown Center?

    1. More like noticeably Fifth Ward.

      Every one of the meetings is being held in the Fifth Ward with the exception of the one at the Ecology Center and that is basically on the border of the Fifth Ward.  

      Talk about problems with access & equity! 

    2. Locations not equitable

      Indeed, there is an implicit bias in meeting locations. would seem one should pull out a map of evanston and find 4 equally distributed locations in order to be fair to all residents. Everyone’s voices should be heard. TP

    3. when I first saw this press

      when I first saw this press release,  I wrote and requested a change. 

      Rev. Dr. Patricia A. Efiom On Apr 5, 2017, at 5:07 PM, ANN RAINEY <annrainey8@gmail.com> wrote:

      Not really thrilled – some of the most diverse income and  most racially diverse communities are in south Evanston – you are providing no program south of Foster. lets fix that. We have Robert Crown central south. Levy center west south, St Francis hospital East south Old outpost South south. 

      I like your idea of doing day and night meetings – let’s also  do 4 south of foster  – 2 at crown and 2 west south and east south. I am thinking Equity for all Evanston. Thank You.

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