Community groups to host town hall on Obama Library

Staff Writer

Local community groups will host a meeting to discuss the Barack Obama Presidential Center (OPC) on Tuesday, April 18, at Hyde Park High School, 6220 S. Stony Island Ave.

The discussion titled “We need a Community Benefits Agreement!” will focus on principles outlined by Southside Together Organizing for Power (STOP) the Kenwood Oakland Community Organization (KOCO), the Bronzeville Regional Collective (BRC), and the University of Chicago student-led Prayer and Action Collective (PAC) who last year created the Obama Library South Side Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) Coalition.

The coalition wants to secure a legally binding CBA with the developers of the OPC, the Obama Foundation, the City of Chicago, the Chicago Park District and the University of Chicago, who proposed the center’s location on the South Side.

The CBA would require jobs to be set-aside for people in the community, protect affordable housing and homeowners, support and create black owned businesses, and strengthen neighborhood schools.

The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. for more information visit