Race and poverty roundup: Woodlawn MHC victory; activists occupy office to protest DHS cuts; and more...

By: 
Yana Kunichoff | The Chicago Reporter

The fight to save the Woodlawn Mental Health Clinic appears to have its first victory. According to Mark Cassello, a Huffington Post contributor, the Emanuel administration has offered to keep the Woodlawn Adult Health Center open. The center would be staffed with two therapists and no psychologists. The announcement comes after ongoing demonstrations at the Woodlawn facility saw a second round of arrests on Monday night, with ten people being removed from the vacant lot across the street where protesters have camped out to protest the planned cuts.

Representatives from the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates visited the protest Thursday morning to express their solidarity with the group, reported the Huffington Post. Monday is the deadline set by the city for all six of the planned mental health center closures to be complete.

The closing of state and city social service facilities continued to bring people out onto the streets this week. On Tuesday, more than 20 protesters against the consolidation of Department of Human Services offices occupied the office of Malcolm Weems, the Director of Central Management Services, according to the Northside Action for Justice. Central Management Services is the agency that picks locations for Department of Human Services offices. "The people we serve should not suffer to pay for tax breaks to the rich," Dean Maloupolos, a steward of AFSCME local 2858, was quoted as saying in a news release.

The fight to save the Woodlawn Mental Health Clinic appears to have its first victory. According to Mark Cassello, a Huffington Post contributor, the Emanuel administration has offered to keep the Woodlawn Adult Health Center open. The center would be staffed with two therapists and no psychologists. The announcement comes after ongoing demonstrations at the Woodlawn facility saw a second round of arrests on Monday night, with ten people being removed from the vacant lot across the street where protesters have camped out to protest the planned cuts. Representatives from the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates visited the protest Thursday morning to express their solidarity with the group, reported the Huffington Post. Monday is the deadline set by the city for all six of the planned mental health center closures to be complete.

The closing of state and city social service facilities continued to bring people out onto the streets this week. On Tuesday, more than 20 protesters against the consolidation of Department of Human Services offices occupied the office of Malcolm Weems, the Director of Central Management Services, according to the Northside Action for Justice. Central Management Services is the agency that picks locations for Department of Human Services offices. "The people we serve should not suffer to pay for tax breaks to the rich," Dean Maloupolos, a steward of AFSCME local 2858, was quoted as saying in a news release.

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