On deadline to file for Mayoral candidacy, Caravan of Mental Health Survivors/Advocates to search out Mayoral hopefuls
Mental Health Movement asks candidates to sign “Covenant for Care” pledging to restore funding cuts and not allow privatization of City mental health clinics
MONDAY November 22nd
Caravan Starts: 9:30am – 36 W. 95th st
Press conference: 69 W. Washington – 1:30pm
See schedule of stops below
On the day of the deadline for candidates to file petitions to run for Mayor, Mental health patients, advocates, workers and supportive community members will be traveling in a caravan around Chicago to make sure the next Mayor commits to save and strengthen the city’s mental health clinics. On November 15th the Mental Health Movement, the consumer/worker/community coalition that saved four mental health clinics from closing last year through a sit-in at the Mayor’s office, sent a letter to all candidates for Mayor asking them to commit to restore funding to the clinics and not to allow for their privatization. On Monday, they will meet at the McDonald’s at 95th st and the Dan Ryan (36 W. 95th st) at 9:30am to start the “Covenant for Care Caravan,” which will visit each of the candidates campaign offices asking for the candidates signature on a “Covenant for Care” committing them to support the city’s mental health clinics and not allow their privatization, which could cut some of Chicago’s most marginalized residents and communities off from service.
“These clinics are a lifeline to many of us who can’t afford or can’t get into private clinics. They are already in a state of crisis because the city and state haven’t listened to our concerns around under-staffing. We need to see leadership and commitment before it is too late,” says N’Dana Carter, a member of Southside Together Organizing for Power (STOP) and a consumer at the Greater Grand Mental Health Clinic.
The coalition, which includes the Community Mental Health Board of Chicago, Southside Together Organizing for Power (STOP), AFSCME Council 31 and Next Steps, believes that closing or privatizing mental health services will ultimately cost the city more in the long-run. The coalition, whose campaign to save the centers last year culminated in a dramatic sit-in at Mayor Daley’s office, is launching the Covenant for Care campaign to make sure the next Mayor of Chicago knows he or she will have to respond to this pressing issue and defend and strengthen the few remaining public mental health clinics in Chicago.
The approximate schedule of the caravan (call 773-355-8222 to confirm progress day of) will be:
9:30am – meet at McDonalds by red line at 95th st and Dan/Ryan 36 W. 95th st
10:15am – Arrive at Reverend James Meeks’ Church at 11438 S. Michigan
10:45am – Arrive at Carol Mosely Braun’s campaign office at 6353 S. Cottage Grove
11:30am – Arrive at Congressman Danny Davis’ office at 3333 West Arthington Street
12:00pm – Arrive at City Clerk Miguel del Valle’s campaign office at 1325 W. Grand
12:30pm – Arrive at Gery Chico’s office at 333 W. Wacker
1pm – Arrive at Rahm Emanuel’s campaign office at 33 S. State
1:30pm – Press conference in front of Chicago Board of Elections at 69 W. Washington
Spread the word about tomorrow’s action! Download a flier at http://www.stopchicago.org