The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Chicago:
Mental Health Clinics or Boathouses for the Rich?

Apr 30, 2012

Rahm Emanuel’s budget calls for closing six of Chicago’s twelve mental health clinics. Two have already closed; the other four are scheduled to close at the end of April.

Even a politician like Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart noted that cuts like these have made the jails into “the largest mental health provider in the state of Illinois.”

But all of this will supposedly save two million dollars.

Ha! Emanuel’s same budget includes four million dollars to build four boathouses along the Chicago River. That’s right, boat houses for Chicago’s wealthiest residents are at least twice as important to the Mayor than mental health services for the city’s population.

In protest, a group of two dozen patients and activists occupied the Woodlawn clinic, which is scheduled to close. The police arrested them, charging twelve with trespassing. But the protests continue, with an Occupy encampment around the clinic and a rally at City Hall.