Just as the Tea Party was born on the streets of Chicago just a few years ago, there’s a new rumbling taking place again. This time, in one of Chicago’s poorest and most violent neighborhoods.
This past Thursday, in the North Lawndale neighborhood, local activists announced the beginning of the new “Broke Party.” About 30 local residents of the North Lawndale neighborhood came out to support the new movement. Mark Carter, Chairman of the Broke Party, and Paul McKinley held a press conference behind an abandoned building in dire need of repair.
A Happy 51rst Birthday banner to President Obama hung on the dilapidated porch with a message, “Violence need a job… …Mr President.” Both argue that Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s new initiative to spend money tearing down similar buildings could help stop the violence if he would use the available funds to go towards repairing the buildings instead. This, Carter says, could create as many 1600 new summer jobs, while at the same time saving and increasing the stock of good housing for residents in the community.
Carter told Breitbart News: “We have come up with the conclusion that because we haven’t gotten access, we haven’t been paid attention to, we’re tired of these broken promises…. broken dreams…. broken communities…. broken churches…. broken support of dying youth…. And that caused us to say well hey, we’re not Democrats or Republicans, were the Broke Party.”
When asked about the President’s leadership in the black community in Chicago, Carter said, “the way I feel at this point is, very um, I’m disgusted at what’s going on, I’m disgusted at the cabinet that’s around the President, that he allows, because there’s no way they are doing these things without his okaying of this, or he must be looking the other way, because it is happening. So we’re not happy with what’s going on. And the only way we get to the bottom of this, is that we take a step back and say we are undecided at this point…. Our agenda has not been met on, has not been adhered to, and it’s almost as if they’re saying even though you’ve got nothing…. just go with ‘em anyway, and we say no, we say we’re undecided…. Until the President and his people are ready to address these things, we’re standing down. ” With 49 murders in the city of last month, Carter also said he feels the issue has gone completely unaddressed by President Obama, especially being his home city.
In agreement with Carter, another resident at the event told Breitbart News that she feels the policies of the Democratic Party have “hurt” the black community for the past 40 years, and said, “they just take us for granted, and that we’re just gonna vote Democratic anyway. But if there was [a] Republican out here doing what they should be doing, I would vote for him.”