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Chance the Rapper Opposes Chicago City Council’s Proposal For New Police Facility

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Even as his career continues to sky rocket, Chance the Rapper stays true to his roots, and continues to rep and support his home of Chi-town.

The Rapper is known for giving back to the community, and helping support the public schools of Chicago. And now he is standing up against city council in support of the #NoCopAcademy movement. Specifically, he opposes the $95 million spending proposal for a new police training facility.

Chicago City Council has already voted on Wednesday to spend $10 million for the land on which the training facility will be built, with 48-1 in favor. This is just the initial step the city has taken to make the proposed academy a reality. Chance’s tweets opposing the decision have gone viral, gathering the nation’s attention on the situation.

“City Council aldermen voted to approve $10 million in spending to buy land for the mayor’s new state of the art police training facility,” he wrote. “Ask how their communities responded, how we wanted the money to be spent, how we wanted the money to be spent a longh [sic] time ago,” he added, following it up with the hashtag #NoCopAcademy.

According to the Chicago Tribune, already some money is being pooled in to come up with the $95 million needed, so far $20 million from a land sale and $5 million from a sold firehouse.

Chance testified in front of the council, with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel leaving the meeting before Chance took the stand. (The two have been at odds several times before, and Chance’s father once worked under the mayor.)

“We should understand that financially, this proposed plan doesn’t make sense. We don’t have $95 million. They’re just asking for $10 million today to purchase the land, but we don’t have the rest of the money to do it, so why let them go ahead with this right now? There’s a lot of different services that need to be funded,” he said, also listing institutions which provide mental health care and education.

“What is y’all doing?” he asked. “It doesn’t make sense. I’m very confused. But like I said, you guys have a lot of power, and that’s the reason why I showed up at 8 a.m., because I feel like it’s…maybe if you guys just hear me say it. I’ll take pictures with everybody afterward too if you want me to.”

On Twitter, he also denied that he was paid by grassroots organizations to testify. He also defended the kids who came to the meeting, explaining that they came not only as fans of his, but as Chicago students who came to have their voices be heard.

[via Mashable]

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