November Englewood Village Meeting – RECAP

Posted: December 6, 2017 in Uncategorized

R.A.G.E. hosted its last Englewood Village Meeting of 2017 at Johnson College Prep, 6350 S. Stewart, on Tuesday, November 21st.  At the meeting, more than 50 attendees received highly informative community updates including presentations on new community projects plus an impassioned discussion about the proposed new $75 million High School in Englewood lead by R.A.G.E President, Aysha Butler. Guest speakers included Alderman Sawyer of the 6th Ward and Anton Seals Jr. of Grow Greater Englewood.



Alderman Sawyer explained the 2FM project, the Department of Fleet and Facility Management’s (2FM) construction of a new facility in Englewood. Attendees asked about employment, facility impact on the neighborhood, and the company handling construction. Alderman Sawyer answered, “Ujamaa Construction Co. will lead the construction and that he is excited to see more jobs come to the community.” He also added that there will be several hiring events as well. For more details, refer to the “Frequently Asked Questions” sheet below:


Anton Seals, Jr of Grow Greater Englewood gave a presentation on their efforts to cultivate a healthy, resilient food system and economy in Englewood. He also provided updates on the Englewood Line Trail, the proposed 1.7 mile trail for recreation located along the elevated former rail structure between Hoyne Avenue and Halsted St near 59th St. Pictured above is the trail at the viaduct on 58th St. & Wood St.

Aysha Butler discussed her recent meetings with students at the proposed closing snovvillagemtg3.jpgchools in Englewood. Chicago Public School data on the enrollment trends of those schools highlighting their dramatic enrollment decline was distributed to all in attendance. Aysha explained that all of these schools lost almost half of its student population resulting in some students not having required science classes or art.  “The city has failed these students,” she said. “We have failed them the way we’ve allowed this broke system to continue in our city and so this is our outcome, that basically the community doesn’t have a neighborhood school,” said Aysha.

You can view the CPS data distributed at the meeting.

Also, to learn more about school closings throughout Chicago, please see the following link to WBEZ’s recent article which, includes an interview with Aysha Butler.

Our President also recently wrote this blog to share her thoughts about the recent proposed actions.

The agenda also included Englewood Rising Campaign and R.A.G.E. updates.

Englewood Rising Campaign

To learn more or be involved in the Englewood Rising campaign visit

R.A.G.E. Updates

  • Chicago Cares + RAGE Partnership with the Build on the Block Project
  • Englewood Quality Of Life Plan  – Housing and Public Spaces/Chicago Rebuild Neighborhood Pilot 
  • Giving Tuesday campaign on November 28th to raise money for the Englewood Quality of Life Plan’s new Impact Englewood Fund. The leaders of the Quality of Life Plan is still fundraising now until December 31st. 




Englewood QLP Public Safety Task Force Update

The Englewood QLP Public Safety Task Force partnered with Think Outside Da Block for their 6th Annual Thanksgiving Extravaganza on Monday, November 20 at Ogden Park Field House. The event was  another great success! More than 500 turkeys were given away to the public while children danced to music, played at the various gaming stations, and received free haircuts, hairstyles, and and manicures from volunteer barbers and beauticians. This was truly partnerships in action!

Upcoming Events/Meetings – Also see RAGE Calendar Online

  • Saturday, December 9: Englewood QLP Education and Youth Services Task Force – 815 W. 63rd St. (Teamwork Englewood) – 11am-12:30pm
  • Tuesday, December 12th: Housing and Public Spaces Task Force Meeting – 6002 S. Halsted – 5:30pm – 7pm
  • Tuesday, December 12th: Chess Against Violence –  1438 W. 63rd St. – 6pm-8pm
  • Thursday, December 21st: RAGE 7th Annual Holiday Party – Generations Lounge – 754 W. 74th St. – 6pm to 11pm 



The Resident Association of Greater Englewood (R.A.G.E.) is a resident-driven organization whose mission is to mobilize residents of the community, utilizing asset-based development and innovative organizing techniques. 

For more information contact us at or 866-845-1032.

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