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Democrats Lead the Charge to Re-elect President Obama

Posted by Admin On March - 12 - 2012

Urge early voting for victory

By Chinta Strausberg

Scores of elected officials gathered earlier this week at Apostolic Church of God headed by Rev. Dr. Byron T. Brazier to urge support for President Barack Obama’s upcoming election and to solidify their own support for the March 20, 2012 election.

The “Get-Out-And-Vote” rally was hosted by the Interfaith Illinois chaired by Bishop Dr. Claude Porter.

Some officials urged voters to take advantage of the Early Voting program, which ends on Thursday, March 15, 2012.  Here is the link for the 51 sites for Chicago voters and click here http://www.cookcountyclerk.com/elections/earlyvoting/Pages/EarlyVotingLocations.aspx for the County Early Voting sites.

However, according to Cook County Clerk David Orr, the Republican voters in suburban Cook County are coming out in record numbers for the Early program and are already up by 77 percent over the 2008 primary.

Orr reported that during the first 10-days of Early Voting, 6,270 Republican voters cast their vote in this program, or a 77 percent hike over the 2008 primary when only 3,545 Republican ballots were cast.

Bishop Dr. Jo Anne Long, pastor of the New Life Believers Church, said, “Say ‘yes’ to President Obama because I see him in the proverbial question that Jesus asked in the gospel according to St. Luke, Chapter 10, when he said which one of these.

“It characterized the story of a certain man that fell among thieves, and the American people have fallen among thieves in this 21st Century, thieves who have stripped us of our education, thieves that have stripped us of our careers and our jobs and our well-being, thieves who have stripped us of our houses through repossession, ” Long said.

“As a result of this thievery, we have been left on the side of the road wounded,” she stated. “President Obama is not a priest. President Obama is not a Levite, but he was that Good Samaritan that came forth for such a time as this saw the American people…saw us in need and he came along and did not pass us by. He came along and lifted us up through the auto industry turnaround. It’s about change” she said cannot be done overnight.

“You can’t turn an 18-wheeler like you can an SUV,” said Long. “You cannot turn a cruise ship like you can a sail boat. In order to turn that cruise ship and back it up to dock, it takes awhile and sometimes you can’t even tell it’s turning, but it’s turning and it’s being backed up to dock. Let’s give him (Obama) another chance, another four-years to complete the turnaround,” Long said. “Say yes, is our anthem just as the church’s anthem is ‘say yes, yes, Lord,’ it’s yes Obama. Let’s vote for him.”

There were a number of speakers including Chief Apostle William McCoy, Bishop James Springfield, Bishop Joseph Jones, Rev. Dr. Clay Evans, Rev. Dr. Leonard Deville, Louvenia Hood, executive director, Mothers Opposed to Violence Everywhere, Reginald Akim-Berry, president, Save Our Sons, and many others.

Some of those posing for pictures were: States Attorney Anita Alvarez, Illinois Appellate Court Justice Joy Cunningham, who is running for the Supreme Court who earlier attended CPS/CEO Jean-Claude Brizard’s “State of Education Address,” Illinois Supreme Court Justice Mary Jane Theis who was appointed to this Court in 2010 and is endorsed by the Democratic Party, Illinois Appellate Court Justice P. Scott Neville, who is running for re-election, Judge Patrick J. Sherlock who is running for the Appellate Court, Cynthia Ramirez, who is running for a vacancy for the Cook County Circuit Court, Judge Stanley Hill, Sr. who is running for re-election and many others.

Ramirez, an administrative law judge with the state of Illinois and who has been practicing law for 22-years, said, “President Obama will always have a special place in my heart because he did something that no other president did. He placed a Latina woman on the Supreme Court. He recognized the importance of diversity on the bench, and he placed a wise Latino on the bench, and I hope to be a wide Latina in Cook County. I am blessed and honored to be on the same ticket with President Obama,” she said.

But it was Rev. Greg Livingston, pastor of Mission of Faith Baptist Church, who gave the Democrats their 2012 charge asking the audience to repeat after him… “Democracy, pigmentocracy and genderocracy.

Referring to countries around the world where people are rising up and fighting for democracy, Livingston said, “America is the great experiment that for over 200-years we are showing democracy, the free way, is the best way for our people but democracy has to fight. We have to fight because of pigmentocracy, colortocracy. We have to fight racism. Democracy has to fight racism for Barack Obama to become president.

“The purpose of democracy is to empower a people. The result of democracy is Barack Obama,” Livingston said. However, he said the winds of social justice have shifted. “There is this effort to turn back democracy. When you have a small-minded, petty radio personality like a Rush Limbaugh in the middle of Women’s Month calling women out of their names. That’s wrong and then they try to turn back women’s rights and to make women second-class citizens. That’s genderocracy. “

Livingston added, “The greatest representation of democracy on this planet is a half-Kenyan African black boy from Chicago, Illinois who was an organizer on the South Side who became the president of the U.S. Democracy continues of the slave house to the White House. Everybody say yes to Obama in 2012,” he said.

Bishop Porter, chairman of Interfaith Illinois, said, “It’s time to get President Obama re-elected.”

Chinta Strausberg is a Journalist of more than 33-years, a former political reporter and a current PCC Network talk show host. You can e-mail Strausberg at: Chintabernie@aol.com.

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