• Ominous clouds of deceit, injustice hang over the $82-million West Lawn Housing Project

    October 11, 2013

    DSC_5622Last week, this community
    witnessed a press conference
    called by Milwaukee Inner
    City Congregations Allied
    for Hope (MICAH) to shame
    the Housing Authority of the
    City of Milwaukee (HACM)
    for its failure to implement
    rules promulgated by the
    Department of Housing and
    Urban Development (HUD)
    which mandate contractual
    and hiring opportunities for
    black and other minorities,
    which didn’t happen in the
    first phase of demolition and
    construction of new townhouses
    and apartments in the
    first phase of the West Lawn
    Housing Project.
    This situation of denying
    blacks and other minorities
    employment and contractual
    opportunities didn’t just start
    with the West Lawn Housing
    Project. It’s a continuation of
    benign neglect, which began
    centuries ago with our black
    forefathers who came to this
    country and were bruised and
    battered, yet they survived
    despite conditions of outrageous
    oppression, which still
    exists to this day.
    Will this situation occur
    again? We believe it will.
    And we should be about
    the business of not allowing
    it to happen again. We
    should demand that anyone
    doing construction in the
    black community hire black
    employees and provide contractual
    opportunities to our
    people. We don’t believe a
    black construction firm can
    go into any other community
    working in predominantly
    white neighborhoods without
    something being said.
    We should demand no less.
    And if necessary, we need to
    protest and sit down at construction
    sites where no contracts
    have been let to black
    contractors or black men and
    women working.