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File #: 15-3457    Version: 1 Name: KENWOOD-OAKLAND COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION
Type: Consent Calendar Resolution Status: Approved
File created: 5/18/2015 In control: Garcia
On agenda: 5/20/2015 Final action: 5/20/2015
Title: PROPOSED RESOLUTION HONORING THE 50th ANNIVERSARY OF THE KENWOOD-OAKLAND COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION WHEREAS, the Kenwood-Oakland Community Organization, commonly known as KOCO, was founded by community and religious leaders in 1965 and celebrates its 50th year of existence this year; and WHEREAS, KOCO was incorporated 2 years later in 1967 and had as its first executive director, Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.; and WHEREAS, KOCO members organized to get the Martin Luther King, Jr. High School built in 1971 to replace the overcrowded Forrestville High School because Black students were unable to enroll in Kenwood High School at the time; and WHEREAS, KOCO members organized to get the Kenwood-Oakland Medical (KOMED) health clinic opened in 1975, which later merged with the Holman Health Clinic in 1997, to provide quality health care to low-income and working families in the north Kenwood-Oakland community; and WHEREAS, KOCO members organized to erect the Woodlake Village Town...
Sponsors: JESÚS G. GARCÍA, JERRY BUTLER
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PROPOSED RESOLUTION

HONORING THE 50th ANNIVERSARY OF THE KENWOOD-OAKLAND COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION

WHEREAS, the Kenwood-Oakland Community Organization, commonly known as KOCO, was founded by community and religious leaders in 1965 and celebrates its 50th year of existence this year; and

WHEREAS, KOCO was incorporated 2 years later in 1967 and had as its first executive director, Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.; and

WHEREAS, KOCO members organized to get the Martin Luther King, Jr. High School built in 1971 to replace the overcrowded Forrestville High School because Black students were unable to enroll in Kenwood High School at the time; and

WHEREAS, KOCO members organized to get the Kenwood-Oakland Medical (KOMED) health clinic opened in 1975, which later merged with the Holman Health Clinic in 1997, to provide quality health care to low-income and working families in the north Kenwood-Oakland community; and

WHEREAS, KOCO members organized to erect the Woodlake Village Townhomes in 1988 to provide affordable housing for more than 70 families on a parcel of land that had become an unsanctioned waste dump in the middle of the community; and

WHEREAS, the first Black Mayor of Chicago, Harold Washington, broke ground at the site of what would become the Woodlake Village Townhomes in 1987 the morning of the day he died in office; and

WHEREAS, in the mid 1980's, KOCO members organized to create another 300 units of affordable housing in the north Kenwood-Oakland community to provide safe, decent, quality housing for families in need; and

WHEREAS, KOCO members led the call for balanced community development in north Kenwood-Oakland leading to the creation of a shopping center and the designation of north Kenwood-Oakland as a community conservation area; and

WHEREAS, Jhatayn "Jay" Travis served as KOCO's fourth executive director from 2000-2012, and ushered in a renaissance of its community organizing activities - challenging slum lords a...

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