Rev. Michael Pfleger joins calls to cancel the DNC in Chicago
Why it matters: The St. Sabina pastor and activist is the second high-profile leader in recent weeks to suggest Chicago should pass on its DNC obligations if more federal resources aren't provided to address the city's housing crisis.
Driving the news: Pfleger plans to bring these demands to the doors of the Union League Club next week, when DNC 2024 Host Committee leader Christy George will be speaking.
What they're saying: "We have billions of dollars for Ukraine and Israel but we don't have billions of dollars … to house Americans who are homeless here, as well as those coming from other countries seeking asylum," Pfleger told WGN recently.
- State Rep. Kam Buckner laid out a similar argument in a recent Tribune op-ed, in which he also suggested unifying missions to house migrants and homeless citizens.
Ald. Andre Vasquez (40th), who chairs the City Council's immigration committee, tells Axios that Buckner "raises a good point, given the fact that we know there's going to be more buses being sent here because of [the DNC]."
- "I don't know [if we could really cancel], but we could impress upon the federal government and the Democratic Party that we need more support here, which we haven't been receiving."
The other side: "These are two separate dynamics," Mayor Brandon Johnson told Axios during a recent press conference. "Whether you have the DNC coming to your city or not, you have just as much of a right to the federal funds."
- "We can hold the DNC in the city of Chicago, and we can push Congress to do its part. … I'm going to compartmentalize both of those things."
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