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NATO-G8 Tue Mar 06 2012

Rally to Call for G8 Funds to Fund Jobs

In light of the startling news that Chicago will not host the G8 Summit, Chicagoans and Grassroots Collaborative will gather at 10am this morning outside of the World Business Chicago (WBC) offices at 177 N. State St. to find a new, constructive way to use funds previously intended for the G8 Summit.

According to a press release from Grassroots Collaborative, the WBC was supposed to raise $65 million for the G8 Summit's expenses for security and social events. Those who will gather outside of the WBC offices will call on the WBC to utilize its clout to raise $100 million.

According to the press release, the requested amount of money could create 41,666 summer jobs for teenagers, 10,810 parent patrols for a school year or 4,358 positions for people to watch vacant foreclosed properties. Grassroots Collaborative feels that these jobs would help create safer neighborhoods.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is the chairman of the board of directors for WBC.

 
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