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“What is more important to us as a people? Preserving a remnant of a building with diminished integrity where sausages were once made, or making way for the future with a new building, a new reentry center, with new ideas and a new approach to help these men reach their full potential?” CORE DC CEO Jack Brown said at the board meeting.
Jack Brown, CORE’s chief executive, argued against historic designation, which would have complicated the company’s plans. He said he had “seen firsthand how socially responsible reentry services, when done right, have been a positive force for change.”
“How do you call an old slaughterhouse a historic landmark?” he said. “I’m tired of Black people going around, putting their fists in the air, saying ‘Black Lives Matter’ until it’s time for them to matter in their neighborhood.”