Chicago Urban League’s Plan to Dismantle Racism

The Chicago Urban League launched its Blueprint for an Equitable Chicago: A 10-Year Plan on Wednesday.

The plan is described as “a comprehensive road map designed to improve opportunities for residents of the city’s most underserved communities.”

Through its plan, the organization will focus on dismantling structural racism and achieving racial equity for African-Americans.

“There’s a lot of great work being done by organizations across the city in trying to address the systemic socioeconomic issues that our communities face; however, dismantling structural racism requires a critical, collective effort,” said Shari Runner, President and CEO, Chicago Urban League.  “It is with this sense of urgency that Blueprint for an Equitable Chicago provides concrete strategies with measurable outcomes to drive policies and practices that advance racial equity.”

Organizers will work from the core belief that education, employment and economic development are crucial to both individual well-being and the creation of strong stable communities. The league’s 10-year plan also includes concrete measurements of success to track the impact of the plan in reducing rates of racial inequity:

  • Education as the Foundation for Future Success (increase African-American youth high school graduation rates by 15%)
  • Employment as the Foundation for Financial Security and Poverty Reduction (increase African-American youth employment rates by 30%; increase African-American adult employment rates by 20%)
  • Economic Development as the Foundation for Financial Asset Building and Wealth Building (increase African-American business ownership rates by 5%; increase African-American home-ownership rates by 10%)

“Our vision is that by 2026, residents of every community area in Chicago will have access to the services and support they need not just to succeed, but to really thrive as members of the greater Chicago community,” said Dr. Stephanie Bechteler, Ph.D, Vice President and Executive Director of the Research Policy Center, Chicago Urban League.  “The League’s 10-Year Plan is a focused effort that lays out our commitment to making racial equity a reality. When this happens, it sets the stage for a stronger African American community; and that, in turn, makes a stronger Chicago.”

Click here to view the full plan.