As protesters continue to call for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s resignation, it’s clear their issues with him go beyond the Laquan McDonald shooting.
While delivering thousands of petitions calling on Emanuel and Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez to step down over their handling of McDonald case, activists like Richard Wallace of the Workers Center for Racial Justice had a long list of complaints against Emanuel, from displacing public housing residents to focusing city resources on the Loop business district to the detriment of African-American communities.
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“Rahm Emanuel is completely involved in that process. He is part of that problem. He’s finishing Daley’s work,” Wallace said, “but we need to hold him accountable for that, because until we can start talking about equality in forms of economic opportunity, we’re going to be continuing to face these challenges.”
Wallace and national groups like MoveOn.org and Action Now say they collected more than 250,000 signatures calling for Emanuel and Alvarez, but the groups admit most of the people who signed the petitions don’t live in Chicago.