Jan. 22, 2019
Vote for Change
I started out this week marching with dozens of striking SEIU mental health facility
workers in honor of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. The workers are demanding fair wages
and affordable health care coverage. Fifty-one years after the civil rights leader’s death
and we’re still fighting for equity.
Someone told me that running for elected office was an emotional rollercoaster.
Everyday there are multiple ups and downs. Last week was no different.
First, we learned the three Chicago police officers on trial for conspiring to cover up the
facts of teenager Laquan McDonald’s death by a fellow officer were acquitted.
Associate Judge Domenica Stephenson determined the prosecution didn’t prove its
case that a police code of silence exists in the CPD.
Friday, Jason Van Dyke, the officer who killed McDonald, was sentenced to 81 months.
Although, I don’t know anyone who’s satisfied with Judge Vincent Gaughan’s decision,
McDonald’s great-uncle said it best. “If they sentenced him to one minute, it’s a victory.
It’s a victory because what happened in this courtroom, today, has never happened in
the history of this county and it sets a precedence,” stated Rev. Marvin Hunter.
All I can say is the consent decree can’t go into effect soon enough. In its report, the
Dept. of Justice stated, “The pattern of unlawful force we found resulted from a
collection of poor police practices that our investigation indicated are used routinely
The next city council is going to have its collective hands full grappling with how to pay
ballooning pension payments, adequately finance our schools, invest in our
neighborhoods, open additional mental health centers, and stop black people from
leaving the city in droves. These problems aren’t new. They didn’t start with Mayor
Rahm Emanuel. Daley, Emanuel and a compliant city council, more concerned about
proximity to power than doing what’s right for their respective constituents, are
responsible for the situation we find ourselves in today.
“Make Chicago work again,” should be the next mayor’s mantra. I know it’s mine. As
Rev. King said, “We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are
confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and
history, there is such a thing as being too late. This is no time for apathy or
complacency. This is a time for vigorous and positive action.”
Please make a contribution of $1, $5, $10 or whatever you can afford to make sure you
elect a 20th Ward alderman who’ll represent you.
Jan. 14, 2019
It’s been a very good week for our campaign. I’m officially on the ballot as a
candidate for 20th Ward alderman. My billboards are up throughout the ward. Our
campaign office is open at 5517 S. Halsted St. and the 20th Ward race is creating buzz
in the media.
Last week, three articles featuring our race appeared in the Chicago Reader and
Chicago Maroon. At the Woodlawn Chamber of Commerce forum, we discussed our
ideas around economic development, demographic changes and term limits. This
was one of many more forums scheduled for 20th Ward residents to hear aldermanic
candidates vying to fill the vacant seat left by Willie Cochran, who is under
indictment for corruption.
A four-term alderman, Cochran, is the third elected official to represent the 20 th
Ward either to face jail time or go to prison. We have an opportunity to get it right
this time. Too much is at stake.
At a recent Meet & Greet, one of the first questions asked of me was, “How do you
assure us that you won’t go to jail?” Imagine in a struggling community, that’s the
first thing residents want to know. With so many challenges facing Englewood,
Woodlawn and Back of the Yards, we need an alderman whose moral compass is
unwavering and who won’t hesitate to put residents first.
The next opportunity for you to hear 20 th Ward candidates is Thursday, Jan. 17, at
Harris Park, 6200 S. Drexel Ave., 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
The Feb. 26 election is too important to sit on the sidelines. Please make a
contribution of $1, $5, $10 or whatever you can afford to make sure the next 20 th
Ward alderman represents your needs and wants. Make Chicago the city that works
for everyone by making a contribution now.