New Pawnshop threatens Humboldt Park

Cash America, a corporation of pawn shops headquartered in Texas, plans to open a new location in Humboldt Park at 3201 West North Avenue. This pawn shop is a threat to Humboldt Park's well-being because of the adverse affect it will have on the community. Humboldt Park residents are working to bring renewed life and vitality to the neighborhood. Say "NO" to Cash America and support the rise of Humboldt Park.

"We are concerned this will be counterproductive to the work we have been doing to foster positive community programs," says Brook Woolf, Executive Director of Rumble Arts Center.

Rumble Arts Center is a non-profit organization with a mission to unite the community through the arts by providing donation-based classes for all ages. Since opening, Rumble Arts Center has offered hundreds of classes and workshops devoted to the creative arts, with no student turned away for lack of funds. As the center has grown, other organizations have approached it to host meetings, plan actions, and host events that celebrate the best our community has to offer. Rumble Arts is a community resource that has yet to reach its full potential.

We, the community, strongly oppose this new pawn shop in our neighborhood.

How you can help:

-Sign the petition!

-Contact Alderman Roberto Maldonado, 26th Ward: phone 773-395-0143 | fax 773-395-0146

-Attend the Meetings:

Community Meeting, April 4, 2011, 6:30pm, Hispanic Housing, 1401 N Kedzie Ave

Town Hall Hearing (details TBA) - details currently withheld by the county commissioner, prepare to mobilize quickly! Potentially at Casa Central, 4/12, 6:30 - 8:30pm

Zoning Board of Appeals, April 15, 2011 (2pm), City Hall, 121 N LaSalle St, 3rd Flr. - This hearing determines if Cash America will receive a business license. - One bus will depart Rumble Arts at 12:45pm to travel downtown. A second bus will load at Fullerton Red Line at 12:45pm.

• Stay tuned for important updates: and Facebook: Rumble Arts Center


Rumble Arts Center a 501(c) (3) - multicultural, community arts organization in Chicago's Humboldt Park. We offer classes in art, music, dance, yoga, martial arts, writing, and performance in addition to cultural events. We provide educational opportunities for all ages and actively cultivate an environment in which families can come together to learn, teach, and play. Our open-door policy is designed to make classes accessible to all, regardless of financial means. No student is turned away.
I am concerned about the threat of a new pawnshop coming into our neighborhoods and having an overall debilitating effect on the community. I Say "NO" to Cash America and support the rise of Humboldt Park.

I oppose the opening of a corporate pawn shop in Humboldt Park because it will adversely affect the community. I believe in protecting our community center, which provides a safe haven for local youth and learning opportunities for all ages. By supporting and educating our youth, we are helping to build the next generation of Humboldt Park leaders. This opinion is in accordance with The City of Chicago and the State of Illinois' recent funding initiatives in support of programming which provides constructive activities for youth outside school hours.

Friends of Rumble Arts Center appeal to all city officials who may assist in maintaining its livelihood. Do not permit a new pawn shop in Humboldt Park.

Thank you for considering the community in your decision.
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