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Democratic Party to Hold Organizational Meeting

Posted by Admin On April - 23 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Democratic Party of Illinois Chairman Michael J. Madigan announced that the party would be holding an organizational meeting for the State Central Committee on Monday, April 23 in Springfield.

“Voters in the March primary elected new members of the State Central Committee, and now it is our job to choose party officials and begin planning to elect Democrats up and down the ballot in November,” Chairman Madigan said.

The meeting will take place on Monday, April 23 at 1 p.m. in the Gallery Room on the first floor of the State House Inn, located at 101 East Adams Street in Springfield. Members of the public are welcome to attend.

The Democratic State Central Committee is composed of 36 members, one man and one woman elected from each congressional district. Each member will have a weighted vote that is equal to the number of Democratic ballots cast in their congressional district in the March 20, 2018 primary election.

8th Ward Residents Facing Mounting Challenges Head-On

Posted by Admin On April - 5 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Concerned Citizens Organization and 8th Ward residents are facing head-on challenges in the 8th Ward

 

By Pamela Bratcher-McMillan

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”- MLK

Concerned Citizens of the 8th Ward

Concerned Citizens of the 8th Ward

Once again, the Concerned Citizens of the 8th Ward and some 8th Ward residents have overcome tactics to thwart their activities when trying to inform the community of unwanted developments that only serve a few, but are being forced on the 8th Ward community overall. The Concerned Citizens scheduled meeting at St. Ailbe Church to inform the community of a development that many in the area don’t want was canceled without notice. Reportedly, an unknown caller had called the church sometime ago to reserve the meeting room and falsely used the name of a person several people at the church was familiar with. When the falsely accused woman called the church and complained the meeting was canceled. When attendees arrived at the meeting, and after standing in the rainy-cold for awhile, they were told by an 8th Ward alderman’s staff person stationed in the parking lot passing out brochures about Montclare, that the meeting had been canceled. It was a full-parking lot of cars and disappointed people due to the meeting being canceled. The proposed 134-unit, 8 story low income Montclare building for senior citizens is defiantly opposed by the community but very much sanctioned by the alderman. The Concerned Citizens of the 8th Ward were disappointed but not discouraged that the meeting had been canceled. They quickly relocated everyone to an alternate location because they felt it was too important to let the mishap obliterate them or stand in the way of getting the word out about what was taking place in the community, including a new seven story 1-2 bedroom low-income senior housing development without input from the community. That was quick thinking on the part of Linda Hudson, a candidate for alderman of the 8th Ward, who understands the importance of not letting a situation that some would have given up on and gone home stop her from informing the community. This instantaneous recovery shows that Hudson thinks on her feet (even in the rainy-cold).  That is why we need Hudson for 8th Ward alderman. She won’t give up on getting the community involved and empowered. Let’s hope St Ailbe learned from this and will develop a fail-safe system to confirm persons who call in to use the meeting room. Perhaps a confirmation number could be issued when a meeting is scheduled, and it would have to be used to cancel the meting or with a follow-up call. Elect Linda Hudson for 8th Ward Alderman  

Sol Flores on Election Results: “…There is No Doubt in My Mind That we Need More Diverse Voices at the Table…”

Posted by Admin On March - 22 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Sol Flores’ Statement:

“I congratulate Commissioner Garcia on his historic election as the Democratic nominee to replace Rep. Luis Gutierrez in the 4th Congressional District. I am confident that he will serve our community well,” said Sol Flores. “I am humbled by the outpouring of support I received over the last three months. I raised my hand to run because I believed Congress needs someone from my gender and my generation and with my experience in the community if we are going to change the culture and the policies that affect women and families. I have dedicated my life’s work to serving young people and families, and I will continue to fight for the issues our community cares about: affordable and accessible health care, equal pay for women, immigration reform, and so much more. There is no doubt in my mind that we need more diverse voices at the table, and I will continue to encourage women, especially women of color, to raise their hands like I did to fight for the issues we care about.”

 

Sol Flores was born and raised in Chicago by a single mother who came to Chicago from Puerto Rico and worked hard to climb out of poverty. By age 13, Sol was working to help support her family and eventually pay her way through college. Fifteen years ago, Sol gave up a business career to create La Casa Norte, a nonprofit organization that provides services to thousands of homeless Latino and African American youth and families. Sol was recognized by the Obama White House as a national Champion of Change for her work. Sol also serves on the boards of the Latino Policy Forum, Hispanic Housing Development Corporation, the Chicago Low Income Housing Trust Fund and Kuumba Lynx. She is an appointed member of the City of Chicago Zoning Board of Appeals. Sol was endorsed by Emily’s List, Kirsten Gillibrand’s Off the Sidelines PAC, PODER PAC, NOW PAC and Illinois NOW as well as State Senators Toi Hutchinson and Iris Martinez, State Representatives Kelly Cassidy, Sara Feigenholtz, and Ann Williams, Aldermen Deb Mell and Ameya Pawar, Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer, and Committeeman Lucy Moog.

49th Ward Recommendations for Tuesday’s Election

Posted by Admin On March - 19 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Tomorrow, Tuesday, March 20th) is Primary Election Day.  If you haven’t done so already, please vote.  Polls will be open from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

To find your polling place location, CLICK HERE and type in your address only.  Please note some polling place locations have changed since the last election, so it’s always a good idea to verify your location before you go to vote.

You also can vote early today (Monday) at sites across the City, including the Pottawattomie Park Fieldhouse, 7340 N. Rogers (open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) and downtown at 16 W. Adams (open 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.).

For a list of our recommended candidates in the Democratic Primary, scroll to the bottom of this e-mail. They are the candidates endorsed by the members of the 49th Ward Democratic Party.

In the 49th Ward Democratic Party, the members of the party, not the elected officials, make the endorsement decisions.  They are progressive-minded volunteers, not paid political workers. They make their endorsement decisions after hearing from all the candidates in an open and democratic process.

Print the list and take it to the polls–or display it on your Smart Phone when you vote–to help you make an informed decision.

When you vote, you will notice one of the races for Water Reclamation District Commissioner has no candidates listed. This is due to the unexpected death of Commissioner Tim Bradford, who passed away just a day before the candidate filing deadline. As a result, the vacancy in his seat can be filled only by a write-in candidate.

We are supporting Barack Obama’s Great Lake’s Liaison, Cam Davis, who is endorsed by the Sierra Club, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, and Water Reclamation District Commissioner Debra Shore.

Here’s how you write (or type) in Cam Davis’ name:

When you get to the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District portion of the ballot, you will see “Vacancy of Bradford” with no candidates listed. This is where you write in Cam Davis’ name.

On a paper ballot: Write “Cam Davis” on the line between the arrows.

On a touch screen: Tap on the blank space under “No Candidate.” Using the keyboard, type “Cam Davis” and press “OK.”

Regardless of whom you support, we strongly encourage you to vote.

Sincerely,

JOE MOORE
Committeeman

DAVID KOGAN
President
49th Ward Democratic Party

STEPHANIE WILLIS
Vice President
49th Ward Democratic Party

The Endorsed Candidates of the 49th Ward Democratic Party 

Print this list and take it with you to the polls or refer to it on your smartphone when you vote

Governor and Lieutenant Governor
(3) Daniel Biss & Litesa E. Wallace

Attorney General
(8) Pat Quinn

Secretary of State
(16) Jesse White

Comptroller
(17) Susana A. Mendoza

Treasurer
(18) Michael W. Frerichs

U.S. Representative, 9th District
(21) Janice D. Schakowsky

State Central Committeewoman, 9th District
(31) Carol Ronen

State Central Committeeman, 9th District
(32) Michael Cabonargi

State Representative, 14th District
(52) Kelly M. Cassidy

Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Full 6-Year Term (Vote for 3)
(62) Debra Shore
(63) Kari K. Steele
(64) Martin J. Durkan

Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Unexpired 2-Year Term
(69) Kimberly Neely Dubuclet

Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Commissioners (Bradford Vacancy)
Write (or type) in “Cam Davis”

President of County Board
(71) Toni Preckwinkle

County Clerk
(73) Karen A. Yarbrough

County Sheriff
(76) Thomas J. Dart

County Treasurer
(79) Maria Pappas

County Assessor
(81) Frederick “Fritz” Kaegi

County Commissioner, 10th District
(91) Bridget Gainer

County Commissioner, 13th District
(92) Larry Suffredin

Board of Review, 2nd District
(101) Michael Cabonargi

Judge of the Circuit Court
(121) Oran F. Whiting (Vacancy of Brewer)
(127) Jonathan Clark Green (Vacancy of Clay)
(130) Tom Sam Sianis (Vacancy of Dooling)
(133) Rosa Maria Silva (Vacancy of Egan)
(134) Thomas F. McGuire (Vacancy of Dunford)
(136) Preston Jones, Jr. (Vacancy of Flanagan)
(139) Cecilia Anne Horan (Vacancy of Hartigan)
(141) Clare Joyce Quish  (Vacancy of Jordan)
(145) Peter Michael Gonzalez (Vacancy of McGinnis)
(147) Jack Hagerty (Vacancy of Prendergast Rooney)

Judge, 8th Subcircuit
(151) James “Jamie” Shapiro (Vacancy of Fabri)
(157) Lindsay Huge (Vacancy of Liu)
(161) Jeanne Marie Wrenn (Vacancy of Pethers)

Advisory Referenda

“Shall the State of Illinois legalize the cultivation, manufacture, distribution, testing, and sale of marijuana and marijuana products for recreational use by adults 21 and older subject to state regulation, taxation and local ordinance?”

Vote “YES”

“Should Governor Rauner act to protect the 650,000 Illinois residents who obtained health insurance through the Affordable Care Act by supporting legislation amending the Illinois Insurance Code to preserve important benefits like pediatric services and maternity care, and by investing in outreach campaigns to encourage residents to sign up for health insurance?”

Vote “YES”

“Should Governor Rauner support Illinois legislation to ban firearm bump stocks and strengthen penalties on illegal gun traffickers?”

Vote “YES”

“Should the State of Illinois develop a comprehensive strategy to address the recent rise in opioid-related and heroin-related deaths including committing additional state resources for addiction treatment and requiring health insurers to cover opioid alternatives and limitations on prescription length?”

Vote “YES”

Early Voting Hours Extended

Posted by Admin On March - 12 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Early voting hours extended to 7:00 p.m. Check out our sample ballot.

 

Early voting for the March 2018 Primary Election continues this week at locations throughout the City, including the Pottawattomie Park Fieldhouse, 7340 N. Rogers (just west of the Metra tracks). For your convenience, early voting is extended from 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday this week at all early voting locations. 

Early voting also is taking place next Saturday, March 17th, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sunday, March 18th, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Monday, March 19th, from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

For more information on early voting and voting by mail, CLICK HERE.

As usual, the ballot contains many candidates running for many offices. To assist in your voting choices, I am providing a list of the candidates endorsed by the members of the 49th Ward Democratic Party.

SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS EMAIL AND YOU WILL FIND OUR ENDORSED CANDIDATES, INCLUDING CANDIDATES FOR JUDGE.

In the 49th Ward Democratic Party, the members of the party, not the elected officials, make the endorsement decisions.  They are progressive-minded volunteers, not paid political workers. They make their endorsement decisions after hearing from all the candidates in an open and democratic process.

The candidates below are the ones that the members of the 49th Ward Democratic Party believe are best equipped to lead the battle for our progressive values and defeat the Trump/Rauner Republicans in November.

As the 49th Ward Democratic Committeeman, I strongly support their recommendations.

When you vote, you will notice one of the races for Water Reclamation District Commissioner has no candidates listed. This is due to the unexpected death of Commissioner Tim Bradford, who passed away just a day before the candidate filing deadline. As a result, the vacancy in his seat can be filled only by a write-in candidate.

We are supporting Barack Obama’s Great Lake’s Liaison, Cam Davis, who is endorsed by the Sierra Club, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, and Water Reclamation District Commissioner Debra Shore.

Here’s how you write (or type) in Cam Davis’ name:

When you get to the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District portion of the ballot, you will see “Vacancy of Bradford” with no candidates listed. This is where you write in Cam Davis’ name.

On a paper ballot: Write “Cam Davis” on the line between the arrows.

On a touch screen: Tap on the blank space under “No Candidate.” Using the keyboard, type “Cam Davis” and press “OK.”

Finally, we can use your help in the final weeks leading up to the election, as well as Election Day itself. These endorsements mean nothing unless people know about them. Your help is critical in getting the word out. Please reply to this email or call the 49th Ward Democratic Party at 773-973-4949 and we’ll sign you up!

Regardless of whom you support, I strongly encourage you to vote.

Sincerely,

Joe Moore

The Endorsed Candidates of the 49th Ward Democratic Party and Alderman/Committeeman Joe Moore

Print this list and take it with you to the polls or refer to it on your smartphone when you vote

Governor and Lieutenant Governor
(3) Daniel Biss & Litesa E. Wallace

Attorney General
(8) Pat Quinn

Secretary of State
(16) Jesse White

Comptroller
(17) Susana A. Mendoza

Treasurer
(18) Michael W. Frerichs

U.S. Representative, 9th District
(21) Janice D. Schakowsky

State Central Committeewoman, 9th District
(31) Carol Ronen

State Central Committeeman, 9th District
(32) Michael Cabonargi

State Representative, 14th District
(52) Kelly M. Cassidy

Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Full 6-Year Term (Vote for 3)
(62) Debra Shore
(63) Kari K. Steele
(64) Martin J. Durkan

Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Unexpired 2-Year Term
(69) Kimberly Neely Dubuclet

Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Commissioners (Bradford Vacancy)
Write (or type) in “Cam Davis”

President of County Board
(71) Toni Preckwinkle

County Clerk
(73) Karen A. Yarbrough

County Sheriff
(76) Thomas J. Dart

County Treasurer
(79) Maria Pappas

County Assessor
(81) Frederick “Fritz” Kaegi

County Commissioner, 10th District
(91) Bridget Gainer

County Commissioner, 13th District
(92) Larry Suffredin

Board of Review, 2nd District
(101) Michael Cabonargi

Judge of the Circuit Court
(121) Oran F. Whiting (Vacancy of Brewer)
(127) Jonathan Clark Green (Vacancy of Clay)
(130) Tom Sam Sianis (Vacancy of Dooling)
(133) Rosa Maria Silva (Vacancy of Egan)
(134) Thomas F. McGuire (Vacancy of Dunford)
(136) Preston Jones, Jr. (Vacancy of Flanagan)
(139) Cecilia Anne Horan (Vacancy of Hartigan)
(141) Clare Joyce Quish  (Vacancy of Jordan)
(145) Peter Michael Gonzalez (Vacancy of McGinnis)
(147) Jack Hagerty (Vacancy of Prendergast Rooney)

Judge, 8th Subcircuit
(151) James “Jamie” Shapiro (Vacancy of Fabri)
(157) Lindsay Huge (Vacancy of Liu)
(161) Jeanne Marie Wrenn (Vacancy of Pethers)

Advisory Referenda

“Shall the State of Illinois legalize the cultivation, manufacture, distribution, testing, and sale of marijuana and marijuana products for recreational use by adults 21 and older subject to state regulation, taxation and local ordinance?”

Vote “YES”

“Should Governor Rauner act to protect the 650,000 Illinois residents who obtained health insurance through the Affordable Care Act by supporting legislation amending the Illinois Insurance Code to preserve important benefits like pediatric services and maternity care, and by investing in outreach campaigns to encourage residents to sign up for health insurance?”

Vote “YES”

“Should Governor Rauner support Illinois legislation to ban firearm bump stocks and strengthen penalties on illegal gun traffickers?”

Vote “YES”

“Should the State of Illinois develop a comprehensive strategy to address the recent rise in opioid-related and heroin-related deaths including committing additional state resources for addiction treatment and requiring health insurers to cover opioid alternatives and limitations on prescription length?”

Vote “YES”

Early Voting Starts Today (March 5): Chicago Teachers Union’s Endorsement

Posted by Admin On March - 5 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Early voting begins March 5. Support the CTU’s endorsed candidates!

Early voting begins on March 5 in all neighborhoods, and runs through March 19 – so don’t miss your chance to register your vote! The CTU’s political action committee has assessed dozens of candidates in races across the ballot, from governor to Cook County board, and the CTU Executive Board and House of Delegates overwhelmingly voted to approve candidates in the following races. Please support these champions of public education, collective bargaining, and the rights and needs of students and their families.

Illinois Attorney General

  • State Senator Kwame Raoul

Illinois State Senate

  • 8th District: Ram Villivalam

Illinois House of Representatives

  • 1st State House District: Aaron Ortiz
  • 2nd State House District: Representative Theresa Mah
  • 4th State House District: Delia Ramirez
  • 5th State House District: Lamont Robinson
  • 6th State House District: Representative Sonya Harper
  • 14th State House District: Representative Kelly Cassidy
  • 19th State House District: Representative Robert Martwick
  • 25th State House District: Adrienne Irmer
  • 31st State House District: State Representative Mary Flowers

Cook County Board

  • 1st County Board District: CTU member Brandon Johnson
  • 12th County Board District: Bridget Degnen
  • 13th County Board District: Commissioner Larry Suffredin

You may early vote at any of the City’s early voting locations. To find all early voting locations, hours, and requirements, click this link. Election Day is March 20th; find your polling place at this link. To volunteer to help our endorsed candidates between now and election day with canvassing or phone banking, please email martinritter@ctulocal1.com.

Thank you for your service to Chicago’s children and your continued advocacy for the schools that our students deserve. See you at the polls!

Leading Black Legislator Calls for Economic Unity, Action as Black Wealth 2020 Celebrates Second Year

Posted by Admin On March - 2 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Rep. Gregory Porter tells voters: ‘You can’t be the invisible.’

By Hazel Trice Edney

Indiana Rep. Gregory Porter, president, National Black Caucus of State Legislators
Indiana Rep. Gregory Porter, calls for unity behind direction of Black Wealth 2020.
PHOTO: Rodney Minor

(TriceEdneyWire.com) – The president of America’s largest organization of Black legislators has called for unity behind economic development initiatives prioritized by Black Wealth 2020, a movement launched two years ago to forge progress for Black-owned businesses, banks and homeowners.

“Economic development is the cornerstone for everything. It’s kind of interesting to talk to you all because you’re living it every day. You know what it takes,” said Indiana Rep. Gregory W. Porter, president of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL).

 

He was speaking to Black Wealth 2020 founders, executives and associates at its second anniversary luncheon. “What it takes is for a community to get along. Also, we don’t spend with our people like we should and we know that. The bottom line is this: We know the whereases. We know what the problems are. Therefore, what are we going to do? Jesse [Jackson] said years ago ‘Can’t nobody save us but us.’… That’s what we’re doing right now, saving us.”

 

Backing from the NBCSL adds significant momentum to Black Wealth 2020, founded two years ago by Ron Busby, president/CEO of the U.S. Black Chambers Inc.; Michael Grant, then president of the National Bankers Association; and Jim Winston, president of the National Organization of Black Owned Broadcasters. At least a dozen other major Black organizations have either joined or expressed support for its economic initiatives.

“We own too little land. We have too lower median income than other Americans. We have much lower family wealth than our White brothers and sisters and we’ve got to make that change,” Porter said to shouts of “Amen” and applause from the audience.

A strategy to unify with other organizations will be the key to success, said Porter, a Democrat serving his 13th term in the Indiana General Assembly.

“We’re working with the NAACP, Urban League, other groups and National Organizations because if we do that we’ll be strong together. We can’t continue to be silos. So, I know as we go forth, we will do it as a community. And so, remember, you have 600 legislators, we represent 60 million people. We’re in 45 states, plus U. S. Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia. We have the means. It’s up to all of us to come together and have the will.”

Speaking to the luncheon gathering at HomeFree-USA, Porter listed a number of economic policies currently being pushed by NBCSL, which has a membership that blankets the nation; plus the U.S. Virgin Islands and Washington, DC. “We represent about 60 million people in rural communities and we come together two or three times a year in an annual conference.”

Pointing to long-held discussions about Black wealth, Porter, ranking minority member on Indiana’s Ways and Means Committee, stressed that the most important need now is less talk and more strategic action. “The bottom line is that we can talk all we want to, but we’ve got to have our independence in regards to economics,” he said.

As an example of action, he said he and like-minded legislators have had to hold up certain projects in order to assure Black participation.

“We’re the super minority, so a lot of us are fighting to stay relevant in this whole process,” he said. “They always go to the big company, but we’ve got to know how we’re going to build our capacity by choosing minority companies…We’ve worked very hard in dealing with minority access for sustainable financial institutions through our resolutions. As Black Caucuses across the country, we’re increasing our fair contracting opportunities and practices for economic parity. These are resolutions that we’ve passed.”

Among key economic issues being dealt with in legislatures daily are homeowner protection, anti-predatory lending, home affordability resolutions, anti-discrimination and gentrification issues. Preparation for the 2020 Census and making sure African-Americans are fully counted will also be key, he said. NCBSL’s next legislative conference will be held Nov. 28 at which time they will “look at Black wealth.”

Echoing the importance of unity in order to accomplish economic goals, HomeFree-USA President/CEO Marcia Griffin appealed to those in the room to “be our ambassadors, our messengers, etc. because we need to reach thousands with a sense of understanding and get people to wrap their arms around our goals. … We’re from all sorts of different segments of the Black community, but we’ve come together to work together to empower ourselves and empower our community and empower our country.”

Grant, now based in Nashville, where he is regional president of United Security Financial, a mortgage banking company, agreed with the appeal for harmony. “We’re not trying to upstage anybody,” he said at the Feb. 15 event. “We’re not trying to compete with anybody. What we’re trying to do is pull our strength together so that when we speak with one voice, they’re looking at all of these organizations coming together and it’s hard to say no to that kind of power.”

Porter also underscored the importance of constituents holding lawmakers – including Black legislators – accountable and not taking for granted that they will automatically push for economic inclusion. He suggested that constituents:

  • Have their own kitchen cabinet and invite legislators to neighborhood and community meetings.
  • Come to state houses, visit the representatives’ offices.
  • Attend and speak at public hearings.

“You can’t be the invisible,” he said. “We’ve got to stay woke about economic development and the process that we have. We did build this country. We need to manage this country.”

Expressing the importance of this year being the 50th anniversary of the beginning of Dr. King’s Poor People’s Movement, Porter said, “It does mean a lot to us…You’ve got to know where you came from to know where you’re going.”

 

Election 2018: Another Stop on the Chisholm Trail?

Posted by Admin On February - 27 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS
 
By Kelly Dittmar and Glynda Carr

Shirley Chisholm

Fifty years ago, Shirley Chisholm campaigned successfully to become the first Black woman in the U.S. Congress. Four years later, she became the first woman of color and the first African American to win delegate votes at a major party presidential convention. Throughout her presidential campaign, she attracted voters to the “Chisholm Trail” with her motto and reputation of being “unbought and unbossed.”

But Chisholm’s trailblazing didn’t end with her presidential defeat. She served in Congress for another decade and left a legacy with lasting effects to this day.

The 2018 elections will mark another stop on the Chisholm Trail, where Black women are poised to build on Chisholm’s legacy of leadership, determination, and desire to disrupt the status quo. Amidst reports of the “surge” of women running in 2018 are Black women candidates at every level, including some with the potential to make history. Perhaps most notably, 2018 could see the election of the first Black woman governor in the United States.

The potential to harness and expand Black women’s political power is not limited to candidates this year. Black women voted at the highest rates of any race and gender group in both the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections, and again in the 2017 special U.S. Senate election in Alabama. If that race is any guide, Black women voters appear mobilized to turn out in high numbers again in 2018.

But before we can measure progress for Black women in election 2018, we need to take stock of Black women’s current political power. That’s why the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) and the Higher Heights Leadership Fund teamed up again to release “The Chisholm Effect: Black Women in American Politics 2018.”

The report outlines the status of Black women in American politics today. Despite being 7.3% of the U.S. population, Black women are less than 5% of officeholders elected to statewide executive offices, Congress, and state legislatures. Black women are 5 of the mayors in the nation’s top 100 most populous cities.

Since Chisholm served as the sole Black woman in Congress, 38 Black women have served in Congress from 16 states, including 2 Black women senators. Over the same half-century, 12 Black women have been elected to statewide executive office. These numbers are small when considered within the a 50-year context, but the pace of advancement in recent years marks momentum to build upon.

Ten of the 12 Black women who have served in statewide elected executive office have held office in the past two decades. In 1990, just one Black woman served in Congress; 18 years later, that number is up to 19. In just the last 5 years, 8 Black women have been elected mayor in the 100 most populous cities in the U.S. And just this year, Sheila Oliver became the first Democratic Black woman lieutenant governor nationwide.

This momentum will only continue – and increase – with work. Black women are doing the work every day to engage their communities in the political process, to make their own voices heard, and to take their seats at the tables of governance. Organizations like Higher Heights are working to amplify those voices and hold political leaders accountable for inclusion. And, with Higher Heights, CAWP is continuing to conduct research and programs that both identify and tackle barriers to Black women’s political progress.

But the work doesn’t stop with us. Recognizing the imperative of Black women’s political inclusion is a responsibility we all share. When Chisholm was campaigning amidst war, social unrest, and crises of leadership, she argued, “At present, our country needs women’s idealism and determination, perhaps more in politics than anywhere else.”

Those words ring especially true today, as our country confronts significant challenges at home and abroad. In this moment, the opportunities for meeting this demand while increasing Black women’s political power, especially in elected office, are great. And we’ve got some guidance on how to do it in 2018: follow the Chisholm Trail.

Kelly Dittmar is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and CAWP Scholar, and Glynda Carr is co-founder of Higher Heights for America.

IVI-IPO Endorses Lamont Robinson for State Representative

Posted by Admin On February - 15 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Joins Growing List of Community Organizations and Leaders Supporting Robinson

 

This week IVI-IPO announced its endorsement of Lamont J. Robinson for State Representative in Illinois’ 5th District.

 

“I am truly humbled to receive the endorsement of IVI-IPO,” said Robinson. “I am even more honored that a growing number of elected officials are supporting my campaign.”

 

“I believe that government has a responsibility to provide its citizens with an environment for them to live healthy, happy, and productive lives.”

 

“As a lifelong Chicagoan, I know that each community has its own challenges – some neighborhoods need business development strategies while others need support for their social service organizations, and still others need the peace of mind to walk around their communities safely,” continued Robinson. “I want to support our residents by being their advocate, by hearing their concerns and telling their stories, and pulling in the resources we need to thrive.”

 

Robinson’s growing list of endorsements includes:

 

AFL-CIO; Personal PAC; Democracy for America; Planned Parenthood, Chicago Teachers Union

 

U.S. Congressman Danny Davis; Secretary of State Jesse White

 

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle; Cook County Recorder of Deeds Karen Yarbrough; Cook County Commissioner John Fritchey; Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer; Cook County Commissioner Chuy Garcia; Board of Reviewer Commissioner Larry Rogers

 

Water Reclamation District Commissioner Debra Shore; Water Reclamation District Commissioner Kari Steele

 

State Senator Emil Jones, Jr (Ret);  State Senator Kwame Raoul; State Representative Will Davis; State Representative Sarah Feigenholtz; State Representative Greg Harris; State Representative Sonya Harper; State Representative Chris Welch

 

Alderman Pat Dowell; Alderman Brendan Reilly; Alderman Michelle Harris; Alderman Leslie Hairston; Alderman Brian Hopkins; Alderman Tom Tunney; Alderman Howard Brookins; Alderman Matt O’Shea

 

Lamont J. Robinson is the son of public servants, a public school teacher and a City of Chicago Building inspector. He attended Clark Atlanta University. He founded and serves as President Emeritus of the Young Entrepreneurs Club of the Atlanta University Center.

 

Then he earned an MBA from National Lewis University. Wanting to give back to the community, Robinson started a small business. He chose insurance, one of the few industries that focus on helping people in crisis.
In 2007, Robinson opened an office to provide insurance to the residents of Bronzeville. In 2017, he opened a second office in Humboldt Park. Owning a small business on both the south and north side has taught him to be responsive to people with very different backgrounds and needs. He made the conscious choice to hire inexperienced staff members at $15 per hour because he believes that paying employees a living wage is the right thing to do.

 

He serves on the Board of Quad Communities Development Corporation. He is a member of the Urban League Metro Board and the Trinity United Church of Christ Credit Union Board.

 

He leads the Kappa Leadership Institute Chicago, a nonprofit that prepares African-American youth to go to college. Through this program, we send 30 young African-Americans to college per year. He is a currently an adjunct professor at Harold Washington College teaching courses on business ethics and entrepreneurship.He was appointed by US Congressman Danny Davis to serve on his task force on mortgage fraud and predatory lending in disadvantaged communities. And appointed by former 4th Ward Alderman Toni Preckwinkle to sit on the Hyde Park Special Service Area Commission.

 

100 Black Business Women in Child Care Host Gubernatorial Candidate Forums

Posted by Admin On February - 8 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Forums will be held at the West Austin Child Development Center, 4920 W. Madison Ave., Chicago, IL

 

CHICAGO, IL., January & February 2018 — In the spirit of the African American women who took the reins to bolster voter turnout in Alabama, turning a red senatorial seat blue; African American business women in child care are coming together to garner an understanding of each gubernatorial candidates’ platforms as it relates to early childhood education

DATES & TIMES:

Tio Hardiman: Monday, January 22nd, 2018 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Daniel Biss: Monday, February 12th, 2018 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Christopher Kennedy: Monday, February 19th, 2018 5:30pm – 7:30pm

J.B. Pritzker: Monday, February 26th, 2018 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Members of Child Care Advocates United (CCAU), a group of predominantly African-American child care providers located in and around the Chicagoland area, will come together in a series of individual gubernatorial candidate forums in January and February before the primary elections.The coalition of over one hundred businesses who initially came together because of the budget and eligibility crisis in 2015 are switching gears from crisis alleviation to agenda proliferation. Previously, the goal of collaborative efforts was to influence the restoration of funding for the Child Care Assistance Program and reinstatement of family eligibility to 185% for that program. Now, this coalition of women will be taking the driver’s seat to educate its constituents to ensure they elect the candidate that will promote an agenda for the betterment of child care in Illinois.  

 

The opportunity to possibly reach  thousands of voting adults in Illinois is being taken very seriously by these women. This forum, a meet & greet, will allow the gubernatorial candidates an opportunity to express their thoughts and intent concerning early childhood education in Illinois. Each forum will consist of the candidate speaking separately with a small group of child care providers on different dates. It is an intimate affair that will offer each candidate, individually, the opportunity to express his or her views on how child care and early childhood education should be implemented in Illinois.  

 

Invitations have been accepted by Tio Hardiman, Daniel Biss, Christopher Kennedy, and J.B. Pritzker. Additional dates for other candidates will be published when available.

 

During the forum, questions from these small business owners in child care will be posed to each candidate and the these business women are eager to hear their responses.  All forums will be held at West Austin Development Center, 4920 W. Madison Ave from 5:30pm – 7:30pm.

 

For more updates, visit www.facebook.com/fundchildcare now

For more information contact Nakisha Hobbs at (312)-399-9727

Direct email to ccauillinois@gmail.com.

Child Care Advocates United

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