Gapers Block political writer (and No Games co-founder) Ramsin Canon also wonders where all the oversight went to…
Note – this page was created on February 8, 2009 but was not published until September 3 out of a naive hope that some of these organizations would find their spines and do what they say they were created to do. But now, with less than 30 days to Decision Day in Copenhagen, it’s clear that NO ONE IS WATCHING THE STORE.
Chicago has many long standing good government, environmental, human rights and community economic development organizations. They are supported by public grants and enjoy tax exempt status. Why have they been silent or supportive of the Olympics? If they have done a study showing the benefits they think the games would bring to the city, demand that they publish and defend those studies.
Perhaps you would like to call these organizations and ask them where they stand on the Olympics:
If they think the Olympics are good for Chicago, let them say so and prove it. Did they produce a study to inform their decision. If so, ask that it be published and shared.
If you know of any organizations that SHOULD be speaking up about the Olympics, but who have remianed silent – send us their contact information [name of organization, web address, name of person & title, phone number, email address] and we’ll publish it here.