â€œWe Can Win With Quinn: We Will Win Once Again With Quinnâ€: African American Community Call to Action for Pat Quinn
Rev. Dr. Clay Evans, County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, Congressmen Danny K. Davis and Bobby Rush; State Senator Donne Trotter, Business Leader Everett Rand, Clergy for Quinn, and key African American Religious, Business, Elected and Community Leaders endorse Gov. Quinn for re-election. The endorsement session was held at the Parkway Ballroom, 4455 S. King Dr, in Chicago.
By Juanita Bratcher
Saying Quinn has â€œserved us well against all opposition,â€ Rev. Dr. Clay Evans, surrounded by a prominent group of business, elected and community leaders, endorsed the governor yesterday, chanting â€œWe can win with Quinn.â€
â€œWe know himâ€¦he has integrity, concern, and will continue to do us well,â€ said Evans.
Cook County Board President Preckwinkle said she was pleased to be there in support of Quinn, stating, â€œIâ€™m a big supporter of Pat Quinn. She praised Quinnâ€™s issues agenda for Illinois and emphasized he was for an increase in the minimum wage, â€œand ordinary people should get decent wages. I encourage everybody to go out to vote and vote early. (Voting) will keep our democracy strong.â€
Davis said the godmothers and godfathers are the protectors of the community, and for those who think voting for the other candidate (Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner) is in Blacksâ€™ best interest â€œitâ€™s like a turkey voting for an early Thanksgiving. So be all in with Quinn.â€
Rush said there are some who come in contact with a billionaire and all of a sudden lose their sense of direction. President Richard Nixon, Bush and Cheney (all Republicans), he said, have â€œbeen detrimental to the desires of our community â€“ cutting many social programs and taking away the lifeline in our community, and how they have treated President Barack Obama.
â€œWe know Pat Quinn. We understand Pat Quinn. Pat Quinn is not perfect, but no human being that walked this earth has been perfect. Our mind is made up. And when you make up your mind the whole universe is in order.
The powerful, prominent group of leaders also reaffirmed President Barack Obamaâ€™s call to action that every Illinoisan early vote and said they will push for unprecedented early voting efforts this weekend culminating on Sunday. A bus and van were stationed in front of the Parkway Ballroom to take people to the polls to vote.
Markham Mayor David Webb, Jr. said, â€œWe have to make sure we get to the polls, get out now and vote early. We need to send a clear message of whatâ€™s at stake. We will win once again with Quinn. We need to take our souls to the polls. Itâ€™s not just a privilege, itâ€™s not just a right, but it is our responsibility to do it in the spirit of our forefathers, our trailblazers who not only talked the talk but made these things happen.â€
Said Businessman Everett Rand: â€œWe are clearly behind Gov. Quinn. The room is packed with people who care. This is not about today, but about tomorrow and the future of our community.â€
Juanita Bratcher is an Award-Winning Journalist, the Publisher of www.copylinemagazine.com and the author of several books, songwriter and poet. She has been a Journalist for more than 38 years covering politics, education and a wide-range of other topics.