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For The Many Not The Few
Mueze Bawany
 Dale Lehman/WZRD  Contact Contributor
Jan. 10, 2023, 7:46 p.m.
Mueze talks of the community influences - neighbors, teachers librarians, and park workers - that he encountered while growing up as an immigrant child in Chicago's 50th Ward. He credits these influences with his development as a human being and achievements in life, along with his commitment to work toward their availability to everyone. Many South Asian languages are spoken in the Ward yet the 12 year incumbent alderman, Debra Silverstein, publishes city information in none, isolating many of the wards citizens from civic participation and city resources. Mueze also speaks about the mutual aid program the he and like minded teachers, helped their students initiate at Clemente High School during the height of the pandemic. He also speaks about the new public safety ordinance (Empowering Communities for Public Safety) that will elect district council members in the coming election cycle.
To understand the historic significance of the Empowering Communities for Public Safety Ordinance in positioning elected community representatives to determine how their communities are policed and by whom see: .
Full disclosure. I live in the ward and support his candidacy.

Note that even in its first phase of implementation ECPS provides the 7 member Community Commission on Public Safety veto power over the hiring/firing of the CPD Superintendent and other top level officials, police department policy and budgeting.

This was one of the goals that Fred Hampton and the Chicago Chapter of the Black Panthers were organizing for when he was murdered by the Chicago police, Cook County States Attorney Edward Hanrahan, the FBI and the CIA. In its second phase, following a successful referendum, it transfers all power to an elected 11 member Community Commission on Public Safety.

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