Written by Naomi Davis, President and Founder of BIG: Blacks in Green and a fellow at Green For All
Cross-posted on Chicago Sun-Times. Read original post here.
Chicago has a huge opportunity, right now, to tackle the problem of unemployment, especially among African Americans.
The Chicago Transit Authority plans to invest a whopping $2 billion in taxpayer dollars in building new train cars to upgrade its massive public transit system. This is a good move for Chicago — its Blue Line trains alone are more than 40 years old.
If we’re smart about how we make these upgrades, our taxpayer dollars can not only improve Chicago’s rails, but also put thousands of Americans to work — many of them local residents and folks who’ve been locked out of the old economy, like people of color and women...