A Message about BGA Community Forums: Navigating the Story of Cabrini-Green
Editor's note: On Saturday, Jan. 29, 2022, the Better Government Association, in partnership with City Cast Chicago and CatchLight Local, hosted a virtual conversation that stemmed from our investigation, "Cabrini-Green: A History of Broken Promises." A disturbing hack abrupted the event and forced the BGA's civic engagement team to shut down the live broadcast. See below our response from BGA's president and CEO, David Greising, which we shared as soon as possible to all of the event registrants and our readers following the shut down of the broadcast.
Our Cabrini-Green community forum — held in partnership today with CatchLight and City Cast Chicago at the Chicago Public Library — was hacked and audiences were exposed to inappropriate and disturbing content. We are disgusted by the events and assure you that the Better Government Association has reported the attack to the FBI's cyber crimes unit.
We host community forums to create a safe space for dialogue and today we failed to accomplish that. We extend our sincerest apologies and reiterate our commitment to amplifying community stories and empowering residents across the state to hold the government accountable.
Despite attempts by bad actors to suppress a conversation about Cabrini-Green, this discussion is critical to understanding the impacts of government policies and actions on some of our most vulnerable neighbors. While disturbed by this horrendous act, our community engagement team and panelists decided to continue with the discussion offline and will share a video recording with you later this week.
BGA president and CEO