Congratulations To The Next Mayor Of Chicago: Chuy Garcia
(While the 19th and 29th precincts are still out with zero results as of this time, I am withholding comment on the 11th Ward race. What follows is my statement on the Mayoral race.)
The Rahm Emanuel administration has been a disaster for the 11th Ward and for Chicago. From the far north of our ward, where Emanuel’s closures of mental health facilities have dumped patients seeking services at the Pacific Garden Mission, to the far south, where crime and the economic health of our neighbors get an indifferent shrug from City Hall, the 11th Ward needs to stand with the rest of Chicago and send Rahm Emanuel back to Wilmette.
I was in the streets with Chicago teachers fighting Emanuel’s public school closings, and when I saw the teachers union back Chuy Garcia for Mayor, I immediately invited Garcia to the 11th Ward to the same kind of events I appeared at with Bob Fioretti throughout my campaign. I am sad that Bob’s message didn’t get out, but today I join my many friends who already work for Chuy’s campaign for Mayor.
Today, I am wholeheartedly endorsing and supporting Jesus “Chuy” Garcia for Mayor of Chicago in the April runoff. We have a chance to elect a bona fide progressive who withstood millions of dollars of attacks from Emanuel’s obscenely huge war chest stuffed with pay-to-play cash. We have a chance to retake City Hall from the forces that attack working families every day. We need someone who sees Chicago as the world-class city that it is, not a springboard for national office or a profit center for privatization.
For these reasons and more, I urge all 11th Ward voters to cast their ballot on April 7th for Jesus “Chuy” Garcia for Mayor of Chicago.
Bridgeport Resident, International Musician Martin Atkins Speaks Up For Sullivan
A little fun is what’s needed in a political campaign sometimes, even if the underlying issues are serious. When I think of fun (and change and power and overthrowing an old regime), I think of the music I love. I think of the punk and post-punk music that came out of England and the US in the late 70s and 80s. I think of the hundreds of shows I’ve seen and of the great bands that changed the lives of so many.
And I think of the musicians from these bands, some of whom I got to meet over the years and become friends with.
Martin Atkins is among Bridgeport’s most internationally noted arts figures. He is an incredible drummer, has appeared with multi-million selling bands and is a world-class educator and lecturer on cultural business. And he’s lived in Bridgeport for the last fifteen years with his beautiful family. I’ve been honored to be friends and a fellow traveler with him for many years — not even counting the time before I knew him personally and only knew his tremendous work with favorite bands like Killing Joke and Public Image, Ltd.
Punk rock is an attitude, not a style. It’s about doing things yourself, and not waiting for someone else to do it for you. Don’t like the music you’re hearing? Start a band. Don’t like the way the neighborhood looks? Pick up some garbage. Don’t like the candidates you’re seeing run? Run yourself or back up someone who sees things your way. It’s all one continuum, a way of thinking that I believe in. It says: we can change things. Be real, be active and don’t take word from royalty as gospel.
If these themes seem familiar in my campaign, good. That just means you’ve been paying attention.
Our vibrant and growing arts community certainly understands this. And Martin is a perfect example of how arts has enhanced our diverse and working-class community without our losing any of what makes us proud to live here. Creative people and artists are family people, educators, good neighbors.
In fact, the only area where the 11th Ward has been lacking in creativity is in our government.
I’m going to change that.
So enjoy our campaign video clip starring Martin Atkins of Nine Inch Nails, Killing Joke, Ministry, etc. Thanks and hugs, Martin!
Sullivan Snags Endorsement From Potent Progressive Group
The Sullivan campaign is proud to announce its latest endorsement, this time from progressive powerhouse Grassroots Illinois Action, whose dynamic and smart work pushing back against the rubber-stamp city council is incredibly valuable.
“I am a fan, both of their work and of their principles,” said Sullivan. “I am again honored that bona fide progressive activists recognize my candidacy as being dedicated to working families and the issues that affect them. I am very proud to stand with GIA, Reclaim Chicago, Chicago Teachers Union, the Illinois Greens and NDFA to push back against the business-as-usual, pay-to-play politics that are taking things away from working families only to give them to already wealthy players whose lobbyists work City Hall and Springfield.”
GIA runs TakeBackChicago.org, our favorite tool to discover the voting record of Aldermen, among other initiatives.
Green For Maureen: Illinois Green Party Endorses Sullivan
Maureen Sullivan Endorsed By Chicago Teachers Union
In a Wednesday session of the Chicago Teacher’s Union endorsement committee, progressive 11th Ward Aldermanic candidate Maureen Sullivan was selected in an overwhelming vote by the union membership over her Aldermanic challenger Patrick Daley Thompson. Thompson had been originally proposed by union leadership.
“I couldn’t be more honored by the Chicago Teachers Union’s decision to endorse my candidacy,” said Sullivan, a school council member at McClellan Elementary in Bridgeport. “I owe this outcome to the CTU rank and file who I worked with closely fighting the recent wave of public school closings that threatened Armour, McClellan and Graham elementary schools,” she said.
The reversal decision for Sullivan and against Daley Thompson came in two steps. CTU leadership originally proposed endorsing Thompson, a move that sparked contention over the last three days following the proposal’s appearance.
At the meeting, 11th Ward resident teachers and numerous supporters of Sullivan, keenly aware of Thompson’s pro-charter, pro-voucher and anti-elected-school-board stances, led the membership in a move to strike Thompson’s name from the endorsement resolution.
After winning the vote to strike Thompson’s endorsement, an energized union rank and file introduced a second amendment, this time to endorse Sullivan. After debate, the membership took a voice vote which was overwhelmingly in favor.
CTU’s nod comes as welcome news for the Bridgeport native’s staunchly progressive, grassroots campaign against the legendary 11th Ward political machine.
“This endorsement is a victory for working families and everyone who understands that a neighborhood’s economic health drives education outcomes,” said Sullivan “Our public education system is under attack by pay-to-play privatizers. In this election, I am proud to stand with public school teachers, families and students to say enough is enough.”
[Above: Maureen Sullivan leads a class on machine politics at University of Chicago last week. Photo: Brian Cerullo]
[Above: Maureen Sullivan campaigns in Fuller Park against public school closures in 2012. Photo: Derek Johnson]
Palmisano Park Advisory Council Wins Award Under Sullivan Leadership
The PAC is headed by its elected President and 11th Ward Aldermanic candidate Maureen Sullivan. The council was cited for “creating unique events such as the Bridgeport Air And Water Show, hosting clean up days, and helping to restart the McGuane PAC”.
In a message to Sullivan, Friends Of The Parks Director Maria Stone said “The work the PAC does truly shows the passion you have for this unique park. It is a pleasure to honor you with this award. Thank you for all that you do for Chicago’s parks and public open spaces!”
Sullivan, a declared candidate for 11th Ward Alderman and a longtime neighborhood volunteer and community organizer, has led the PAC for three years, winning election to President three times. Under her leadership and organization, the park has played host to the neighborhood’s most popular family events including music, nature, science and public health efforts.
“I’m grateful for the recognition of our team,” said Sullivan. “We filled a leadership void to bring our beautiful park and the community closer, and I’m very proud of our creative and hands-on approach.”
Since 1975, Friends Of The Parks have advocated for the parks and monitors the condition and safety of the Chicago Park District and forest preserves of Cook County.
The Palmisano PAC leadership includes Sullivan as President, Vice President Rob Warmowski and Secretary-Treasurer Dan Pugh-Barnett.
A celebration of the award is planned on Saturday, October 25th by Friends Of the Parks.
NDFA Endorses Maureen Sullivan For Alderman
On Thursday night before a packed house at Chief O’Neil’s, Maureen Sullivan received her first major endorsement in her campaign for 11th Ward Alderman. Progressive political action committee Democracy For America‘s North Side chapter cast 35 votes to endorse Maureen amid wild cheers and applause.
Sullivan, who had addressed NDFA the month before, missed a unanimous vote by only one delegate who abstained for not having seen her address to the group.
At the endorsement, supporters spoke in favor of her campaign and even had some choice words for a competitor whose late-entry platform had been noticed to have striking similarities to her own. Maureen has received campaign training from DFA’s national team in the past and has worked on NDFA-endorsed candidacies including that of Rob Martwick (IL-19th) and Jay Travis.
Democracy For America is a progressive political action committee headquartered in South Burlington, Vermont and was founded by former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean.
Said Sullivan: “I’m thrilled to accept this endorsement and I’d also like to mention another candidate who was also endorsed that night. My congratulations go out to CM Winters, who is running for 21st Ward Alderman. She’s a friend, a fellow South Sider and a big part of the progressive wave coming to retake the City Council in February.”