PI Original Josh Kalven Friday August 15th, 2008, 10:54am

Community Groups On Chicago Olympic Bid: "We Want A Seat At The Table"

Yesterday evening, a coalition of a dozen community groups and labor unions from Chicago's South and West Sides held their second press conference in two weeks near the recently-closed Michael Reese Hospital to voice their concerns about the city's bid for the 2016 Summer ...

Yesterday evening, a coalition of a dozen community groups and labor unions from Chicago's South and West Sides held their second press conference in two weeks near the recently-closed Michael Reese Hospital to voice their concerns about the city's bid for the 2016 Summer Olympics.  Dubbed Communities for an Equitable Olympics 2016 (CEO 2016), the coalition does not oppose the idea of hosting the games; rather, they're demanding that the city sign on to a legally binding "benefits agreement" that lays out a plan for protecting affordable housing and living-wage employment in the communities potentially affected by the games.

Following is a five-minute video we put together on the event:

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