By Dharna Noor
DHARNA NOOR: It’s The Real News. I’m Dharna Noor.
Lori Lightfoot, a former federal prosecutor, was sworn in as Chicago’s mayor on Monday, becoming the first Black woman and openly queer person to hold the position. And she’s already making big promises. Days before she was sworn in, after reading briefings from her transition team, Lightfoot pledged that the city will eliminate water shutoffs, a practice that’s affected tens of thousands of Chicago families who are struggling to pay their increasing water bills.
LORI LIGHTFOOT: Water is a basic, basic human right. If you’re turning off water, you are effectively evicting people. And we know that that disproportionately affects low income people of color who are going to be shut off from water services.
DHARNA NOOR: The price of water in Chicago has tripled in the last decade.
Here to talk about this is Jenya Polozova, who is Food and Water Watch’s Midwest organizer. Thank you so much for joining me, Jenya.
JENYA POLOZOVA: Thanks for having me.
DHARNA NOOR: So this comes after earlier this year WBEC and American Public Media put out an investigation that found that some 150,000 households have gotten water…