By Chinta Strausberg
Saying he will continue to fight for a fair share of jobs and opportunities, retired businessman and multi-millionaire Ed Gardner Tuesday called for 10,000 people to join him after their 3 p.m. church this Sunday, September 30, 2012, at 95th and Western to demand their equal slice of Chicagoâ€™s contractual pie.
Gardner, who made his comments on WVONâ€™s Perri Small show on his way to 92nd and Western where heâ€™s continue his protest to shut down the site until blacks are hired, said, â€œWe are more concerned with blacks killing blacks that must stop. This is primarily the cause of it right here,â€ he said referring to the apparent lock out of blacks form public works jobs in Chicago. â€œJobs are the primary reason why weâ€™re out here.â€
Gardner said he has help from former Chicago School Supt.Â Manford Bryd and author/publisher and historian Lerone Bennett will join him in protesting the lack of jobs for blacks.
â€œI am asking our family to bring 10,000 blacks here from the churches at 95th and Western until we put a stop to that,â€ said Gardner. â€œThere is no reason at all why we should help our young men destroying one anotherâ€ and jobs available in the middle of the black community â€œand the mayor is doing nothing about it.
â€œMayor, you are a disgrace right now,â€ said Gardner. â€œHe had the opportunity to help. He didnâ€™t return calls and now we have to stop the site here in the city of Chicago in pouring cement in the middle of the black community. As far as I am concerned, he is not representing all of Chicago and he should represent all of the city,â€ said Gardner.
Having served in World War II, the 87-year-old Gardner said, â€œI served in New Guinea, the Philippines and Japan as an American soldier. Nobody asked me did I live East or West of Western. I served as a soldier defending our country, defending America and stopping the movements to destroy American. I come back to Chicago and be treated like this? I am not going to stand for itâ€¦. We will have 10,000 people strongâ€¦ This is America. I fought for America, not for parts of America,â€ Gardner said.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel said he will make sure subcontractors are following the law to which Gardner said what is more important is to have blacks on these construction sites.