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    Today’s Ad In The Bridgeport News

    Kind of says it all, I think.

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    Women For Sullivan High Tea

    You are invited! All are welcome to join us for tea, scones and other yummy tidbits. Homemade scones by the candidate herself will be served. Please bring at least one other woman or young lady with you. $20 suggested donation.

    We will be making an announcement at the tea which you won’t want to miss.

     

     

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    Michelle Fennessy, Viaduct Activist, Sullivan Supporter Honored

    Right now, at UIC Pavilion, a community activist is being honored. 

    The UIC Flames basketball game today will take time out to recognize the work of Michelle Fennesy, the University Village community organizer, Ph.D. and registered nurse who has been at the forefront of addressing the public health problem of filthy viaducts on Halsted St.

    If there’s one thing that characterizes an activist who’s a Maureen Sullivan supporter, it’s that they don’t wait around for someone else to do a good thing in the neighborhood. Instead, they get on the case  — and they get WOW-level results for their neighbors.

    Take the problem of filthy and dangerous viaducts in our community. Community activist, PhD. and registered nurse Dr. Michelle Fennessy of University Village lives near the unhealthy eyesore where Halsted St. passes under railroad tracks owned by the BNSF Railway.

    She pushed and pushed Alderman Balcer for a fix and got nowhere.

    Other suggestions came along the lines of getting an unrelated corporation to fund the viaduct.  Patrick Daley Thompson suggested that Google be contacted to sponsor the property and its cleanup.

    “What about the tax money I already paid for this purpose?” thought Michelle (and everybody else who hears these kinds of classic answers that push privatization.)

    Adding to her already underway efforts, she built the website ChicagoViaduct.com, incorporating a petition at Change.org.

    And she took to Twitter.  You can follow her here. 

    You won’t believe the results she got.

    TRAIN EXECUTIVE GETS ON A PLANE

    A major problem with viaducts is the fact that the city and the railroads that run over them both believe the other is responsible for the upkeep of the walkway and throughway.  Michelle had seen this finger pointing between the city and the BNSF Railroad for a long time.

    So she did some research.  And she found out that BNSF railroad is owned by none other than billionaire investor Warren Buffett.

    So she tweeted him.  And he responded, sending BNSF’s Director of Public Affairs from his office in Texas to fly to Chicago to inspect the viaduct along with the company’s Supervisor of Chicago structures.

    The viaduct cleanup is underway now. Results!

    FENNESSY, A SULLIVAN SUPPORTER, TALKS INTERVENTION

    Why does an effective activist like Michelle Fennesy support Maureen Sullivan for 11th Ward Alderman? “Maureen is going to be action-oriented, she has a history of it and I see her as someone who is not afraid to challenge the status quo. We need more of that! In the words of Elvis [Preseley], ‘too much conversation and not enough action.'”, Fennesy said.

    “Now I realize Elvis meant other things, but I see it in nursing terms as “intervening” to make something happen. Maureen = intervention and the 11th ward needs a real advocate for our community,” she added.

    We couldn’t agree more.

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    Another Fundraiser Smash Success Sunday Night

    Last night at Moxee Kitchen on Maxwell St: the second in a series of fundraisers for Maureen Sullivan for 11th Ward Alderman.

    How’d it go?

    Even better than last time, and last time was great.

    Over delicious BBQ and craft beer from Mad Mouse Brewery, the in-house purveyor of suds at Moxee, dozens of supporters again came out to contribute to the campaign, get caught up on what’s happening and continue to plot, plan and prepare for the Maureen’s election as the next Alderman of the 11th Ward.

    Supporters of this campaign know the dollar costs are high. There’s too much money in politics and funds just don’t raise themselves.

    Progressives who support Maureen and want an 11th Ward that actually serves the voters: donate what you can online today and help her win on February 24th!

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    Always watch our site for the latest events and announcements. The next fundraiser will be at the venerable community center Benton House in November.  Details to follow.

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    Maureen Sullivan Fundraiser: Moxee Kitchen Sunday Oct 19th

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    University Village’s finest barbecue and brewery plus the next Alderman of the 11th Ward Maureen Sullivan. What’s not to love?  Come on by for the Maureen Sullivan For 11th Ward Alderman Fundraiser at Moxee Kitchen at 724 W. Maxwell St. on Sunday night October 19th from 6 to 8:30.  $25 suggested at the door.  Free appetizers and tastings of their excellent menu along with a cash bar.

  • Gathering Volunteers, Petitions And Momentum

    Maureen Sullivan and more than fifty friends kick off her campaign for Alderman

    The popular progressive challenger receives a sharp expansion of support, gathers volunteers

    After kicking off her bid for 11th Ward Alderman one week ago, Maureen Sullivan‘s campaign is already reaching thousands of voters.

    Gathering dozens of cheering supporters in front of the ailing Ramova Theater last Monday, Sullivan started things off by calling for a major change in the local political leadership, unveiling her campaign platform and promising to  bring accountability to the Alderman’s office.

    The message is very well-received.  Online engagements are off the charts for the campaign, says campaign Communications and Policy Director Rob Warmowski.

    “We’ve reached nearly ten thousand people in only the first week,” said Warmowski.  “Social media, web and community channels are buzzing about her candidacy, and the conversation is in her favor.  People in the 11th Ward are already excited about her thanks to her many years of community service, and people who are just learning about her are impressed by her record and platform. She’s inspiring volunteers to stand up and ask to help.”

     Gathering Volunteers On The Eve Of Petition Circulation

    Snagging over 600 likes on Facebook right out of the gate is great, but the campaign runs on real-world support — and that means showing up and helping out.

    The campaign’s volunteer force will be hitting the streets starting this week to gather signatures for Sullivan’s position on the February 24th election ballot. Readers wishing to join up and help Sullivan get on the ballot can sign up at the campaign volunteer page.

    How many volunteers does the Sullivan campaign have currently?

    “Dozens and growing every day” says Warmowski. “But there’s always room for more.”

     

  • Maureen Sullivan Declares Candidacy For 11th Ward Alderman

    Longtime community activist, author, and businesswoman Maureen F. Sullivan will today announce her candidacy for Alderman of Chicago’s 11th Ward.  The declaration will take place at 6PM, Monday August 18th in a special location: the front of the embattled Ramova Theater near the corner of 35th and Halsted.

    The campaign theme is “Fight For A New 11th Ward”.

    Since 2005, Sullivan, a near-lifelong resident of the Bridgeport neighborhood, has been a firebrand standing up to challenge the political status quo in the very neighborhood that is the home of the Daley “machine”.

    “I have never been associated with the machine nor with politics as usual in Chicago,” said Sullivan. “My father was a gas man for 48 years. Nobody in my family benefited from political clout or favors.”

    Sullivan, an activist,  author and small businesswoman with an art degree, represents a new wave of Chicago progressive challenges to the policies enacted by the City Council that favor school closings, privatization, TIF abuse, and sneaking legislation past residents.

    “We’ve seen it all. Their record speaks for itself. The neglect by the leadership of the past seventeen years has led to blight, to poverty, heightened crime and a tremendous waste of some of the city’s best-located neighborhoods.  We have had enough.  It’s time for a change.” she said.

    The announcement coincides with the launch of Sullivan’s campaign website at http://sullivan11thward.com .

    In 2005, Sullivan and her chief policy and communications consultant Rob Warmowski founded the nonprofit Save The Ramova, agitating the city owner of the theater to act to restore it, successfully preventing its demolition and winning $330,000 in funding to hold the line on damage to the structure.

    “When I got the theater petitions around in 2005, back at the beginning, the overwhelming question from the people in this community was ‘why don’t the powers that be do something?’, said Sullivan.

    “Almost ten years later, with the same do-nothing Alderman in the chair, that question applies more than ever to the whole 11th Ward,” she said.  “Why don’t they do something about the garbage and empty storefronts on Halsted?  Why don’t they do something to protect parents and kids from school closings?  Why don’t they stop pretending there’s no money when there’s always millions of tax dollars for sports stadiums, crooked charter schools and privatization?”

    Sullivan’s first elected position in 2010 was as President and founder of the Palmisano Park Advisory Council.  Her most recent elected position was to School Council at McClellan Elementary on Wallace and 35th.

    “If you want a job done, you had better be ready to roll up your sleeves and get to work. That’s why I’m running.”

     

    (Photo: YoChicago)