Sullivan Super Bowl Tailgate Party!
Come on out to next Sullivan fundraiser is this Sunday February 1 at 3PM — we’ll be tailgating and watching the Super Bowl right at our own office – and you are invited!
We will be tailgating at 3PM with beer and refreshments and watching the game at 5. Join us and meet Maureen and Team Sullivan and enjoy the Super Bowl at 3440 S. Morgan! Suggested donation: $25.
Chicago Green Party Endorses Sullivan Over Water Commissioner Opponent
Winning the Chicago Green Party endorsement in the race for 11th Ward Alderman over her opponent Metropolitan Water Reclamation Commissioner Patrick Daley Thompson is Maureen Sullivan, parks leader, public health activist, author and businesswoman.
Sullivan’s resume on environmental issues is strong. She is the three-time elected President of the Palmisano Park Advisory Council. She has been highly active on environmental and public health issues in the ward, including leading the volunteer effort called Bridgeport Clean And Green (click here for details). Sullivan was also highly active in the multi-neighborhood effort to end the health hazard of the nearby coal plants (click here for details.) She also created and manages the annual summer festival Bridgeport Air And Water Show in Palmisano Park. She has spearheaded capital and safety improvements to the park and to its sister McGuane Park.
In the wake of the Illinois Green Party’s announcements earlier in the month, the Chicago Green Party (CPG) announced their endorsements this week which included Mayoral Candidate Bob Fioretti, who Sullivan has appeared with on the campaign trail.
“Stewardship of our water and air is critically important to me, and I am proud to accept this latest Green Party endorsement in recognition of my hands-on work,” said Sullivan. “The balancing act needed to protect our environment in a densely populated Ward is one my record shows I am uniquely qualified for.”
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!
Yesterday’s forum at Trinity Church resurfaced the community’s concerns about the CHE Heliport being built at 2420 S. Halsted.
My opponents had a lot to say. But they’re a day late and a dollar short on this.
John Kozlar seemed to say he was against the heliport. In fact, John Kozlar seems to say a lot of things, often loudly.
But the record says something more loudly: when his website went up on September 10, the words “heliport” and “noise” were completely missing.
Patrick Daley Thompson said at the forum that he was “against” the heliport. But the very next thing he said was to describe the “covenant” that the 11th Ward office at 37th street had arranged with the helicopter company.
In other words, he was “against” it, but not “against” it enough to stop it.
He cut a deal instead.
With “against” like that, who needs “for”?
And what is in this covenant deal? Who knows? Apparently that’s not our concern — we only live here! We’re not to be told by the grand and mighty machine in its infinite wisdom.
The fact is, when it mattered, Patrick Daley Thompson was nowhere to be found on the heliport. He attended no meetings I saw, and I was at most.
Patrick Daley Thompson’s office is a shared office on 37th St. with Alderman Jim Balcer. To imagine that that Balcer’s support of the heliport was different than what Thompson wanted is to totally misunderstand what the machine is, and how the machine works.
The ordinary people in the 11th Ward understand the machine very well. And they also understand this fact:
There is only one candidate in this race who was always against the CHE heliport.
It’s me. It’s in my record.
You can read what I wrote about it on September 16th right here:
I Never, Ever Supported The CHE Heliport
Remember, I’m not anti-business. I’m anti-B.S.
Thanks for paying attention. Somebody has to.
11th Ward Aldermanic Town Hall Forum
Sunday, January 25: Join neighbors from throughout the 11th Ward, as we host an afternoon of real, important, 11th Ward questions for our aldermanic potentials.
This is a forum–not a debate, and is non-partisan. Candidates will be allotted equal time for their responses, and be aware of discussion topics prior to the event.
The forum will be moderated by former Canaryville librarian, Rebecca Berg.
John Kozlar, Patrick Daley Thompson, and Maureen Sullivan have committed to being present.
Translation for Spanish and Chinese languages will be available.
Brought to you by Brigeport Alliance and Coalition For A Better Chinese American Community, with Active Transportation Alliance, Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Chicago, Bridgeport Pride, Pilsen Alliance, PERRO, UIC- LGBTQA, Raise Your Hand, & Roots of Justice at UIC
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Campaign Office Grand Opening / Pop Up Gallery Show
Come and celebrate the opening of the Maureen Sullivan for Alderman campaign office at 3440 S. Morgan in the heart of the 11th Ward’s arts district.
Showing will be some of Chicago’s finest artists — Marvel at the poster mastery of Dan Grzeca! Swoon at the urban naturalist photography of Chris Jones! Delight in the surrealist pieces of Carlton Harris!
Come for the light refreshments and stay for the lively talk about the 11th Ward race and the issues in the community! Get there!
Suggested donation: $10.
Aldermanic Forum On January 21 By Canaryville Improvement Association
On January 21 at 7PM, Maureen Sullivan is scheduled to appear at a Aldermanic Candidate forum put on by the Canaryville Improvement Association. The event is free. A piece in DNAInfo about the event can be found here.
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]
Where Was This Picture Taken?
Over the weekend, a campaign mailing from Patrick Daley Thompson hit our mailbox.
Because Patrick is a candidate for 11th Ward Alderman, we were surprised to see a bunch of high-rise buildings printed on it.
So we asked ourselves: where exactly are the high-rises in the 11th Ward?
Is this over by Freddie’s?
Is this the Appleville apartments? Or over by Shinnick’s?
No and no.
Maybe it’s by Sox park? The old Amp? University Village?
It’s downtown. Which is where Patrick Daley Thompson does his job as real estate attorney and lobbyist for big business. Where he helps the connected get their hands on our tax money.
So the next time you take a walk down our Haslted St. and wonder why there are so many empty storefronts in our neighborhood with Thompson signs mounted inside the empty windows, remember where Patrick Daley Thompson is coming from. Remember what he’s thinking about.
It’s not the 11th Ward.
Announcing January’s 11th Ward Aldermanic Forums
In a town that could use some heating up in January, a pair of political forums* are guaranteed to raise the temperature on the insider leadership responsible for mismanaging the 11th Ward for decades. Two debates in the 11th Ward Aldermanic race are announced:
- January 21 – The Canaryville Improvement Association has announced an Aldermanic Forum. In attendance will be Maureen Sullivan, Patrick Daley Thompson and John Kozlar. Time: 7PM Place: St. Gabriel’s School Auditorium. Get details here.
- January 25 – Bridgeport Alliance Aldermanic Town Hall Forum. In attendance will be Maureen Sullivan, Patrick Daley Thompson and John Kozlar. Get details here.
At least one additional forum is planned for Feburary. Watch our website for details.
* [CORRECTION: The original version of this post characterized these events as debates, but in fact their formats are not debate-style. The formats are instead panels with Q&A directed to the candidates individually. We regret the error.]
(Photo credit: Bridgeport Alliance)