EXCLUSIVE: BET.COM SITS DOWN WITH CHICAGO MAYOR, LORI LIGHTFOOT, FOR ITS DIGITAL SERIES “A CONVERSATION WITH THE MAYOR”
BET.COM SHARES EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH CHICAGO MAYOR, LORI LIGHTFOOT, FOR ITS DIGITAL SERIES “A CONVERSATION WITH THE MAYOR”
BET.com’s Senior Editor, News Madison J. Gray Exclusively Interviews Lightfoot one-on-one at City Hall in Chicago
Watch and read more here: https://www.bet.com/article/03vxli/lori-lightfoot-mayor-chicago-emerging-from-pandemic
NEW YORK, NY September 20, 2022 — Today, BET.com released an exclusive interview with Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfood on BET.com. As Lightfoot prepares to run for her second term as mayor, she sat down with BET.com’s Madison J. Gray to answer a few timely and important questions that affect the Black community around crime in Chicago, women’s reproductive rights and more.
Watch the entire interview on BET.com and read Gray’s article on his time spent with Lori Lightfood here https://www.bet.com/article/03vxli/lori-lightfoot-mayor-chicago-emerging-from-pandemic
Excerpts from the BET.com exclusive interview below:
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On running for a second term as mayor:
“I think I've proven myself to be more than able to lead the city through one of the biggest challenges maybe that any mayor has ever historically faced. You know, it's always easy to stand on the sidelines and lob bombs. But I go back to the Teddy Roosevelt quote, which he called The Man in the Arena, I would say the woman in the arena, right.
You got to roll your sleeves up, you got to get down into the fight on a day to day basis on behalf of our residents. And what I need to do is not worry about the folks that are pretenders to the throne, right? What I need to focus on is making the case to everyday residents, that their lives are fundamentally different and better because of the things that we've done. And obviously, emphasizing the work that we did to keep them safe and alive through the pandemic, making sure Stan that there is a real plan that is seeing fruit and progress when it comes to community safety.”
On dealing with violent crime in Chicago:
“But the real test is, do people feel safer? So what we've been doing is a kind of multi-tiered strategy, if you will, intermediate dealing with the crisis points, intermediate and the long term in the immediate crisis points. We've got to continue to hold violent, dangerous people accountable. And many of them look like you and me. They're young Black men who are moving through life with no hope. They think that picking up a gun gives them a sense of power, and they don't have the respect for the sanctity of life, because of a whole lot of circumstances.
We've got to reach those young men. Now when you pick up a gun, in my view, it's a tragedy waiting to happen. It's like a ticking time bomb, not if, it's when a tragedy is going to strike. We've got to get to them before they make that decision that has a completely catastrophic consequence for the rest of their life.”
On defending reproductive rights for women in Chicago:
Gray: Let's turn toward the impact of the Roe v. Wade decision. You recently signed an executive order that would protect anyone who comes to the city seeking reproductive health care. But could there be conflicts with other states, including neighboring ones who are trying to enforce the anti abortion laws?
Lightfoot: Well, look, the thing that's discouraging is that states all around us, whether it be Wisconsin or Indiana, are doing everything that they can to just completely outright ban abortion, with very few exceptions, even when it comes to saving the mother's life. I've pledged that we will always be a city that respects the dignity of bodily autonomy for women, that we're always going to make sure that our providers are able to serve women
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