Today is the day to cast your vote.
Feb24

Today is the day to cast your vote.

It’s time to get out and vote for a Chicago that works for working class people. Let’s put Rahm into a run-off and put a bunch of progressive people into the City Council. But win or lose the struggle for justice will go on, whether it’s in the  City Council chambers or out in the streets with picket signs and bullhorns. If you live in the 29th Ward, please vote for Zerlina Smith. Then be prepared to organize your...

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Rahm, Rauner and 29th Ward Alderwoman Deborah Graham
Feb20

Rahm, Rauner and 29th Ward Alderwoman Deborah Graham

Although Mayor Rahm Emanuel belongs to the Democratic Party and Governor Bruce Rauner belongs to the Republican Party,  they both belong to the same club—- the millionaires club. That’s the millionaire’s club which attacks public education, keeps wages low, slashes pensions, fires public employees to replace them with cheaper labor, fails to create good paying jobs, cuts vital social programs and exploits racial...

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We need an elected school board…and that’s just for starters
Feb11

We need an elected school board…and that’s just for starters

“Institutional racism, poverty, systematic underfunding of education, and their effects lie at the heart of problems in education. Yet there is a complete lack of political will to discuss, much less begin to solve, these fundamental issues.”–-from  A Just Chicago: Fighting for the City Our Students Deserve  by the Chicago Teachers Union Whatever it is that Chicago’s unelected school board talks about in their...

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Speaking from the heart in the 29th Ward
Feb08

Speaking from the heart in the 29th Ward

“We do not go quietly into the night. We keep it on the forefront. We keep it on the burner. We march. We picket. We protest. Our voices will be heard.”— Adeline Bracey, Action Now. It was a frigid evening for the February 5 “Taking Back the 29th Ward”  forum sponsored by the Zerlina Smith Campaign and United Working Families (UWF). Held in the Power House Ministries storefront on the corner of Austin Blvd and North Ave, the sidewalks...

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Zerlina earns more endorsements for alderwoman of the 29th Ward
Feb04

Zerlina earns more endorsements for alderwoman of the 29th Ward

When Zerlina Smith says, “I am not a politician. I am a grassroots community activist,” she says it with an intensity that is hard to miss. Zerlina Smith’s well publicized community activism has won her endorsements  from the Chicago Teachers Union, Action Now, United Working Families, SEIU Healthcare Illinois-Indiana, Illinois Citizens Action, Grassroots Action Illinois, the Green Party of Chicago, the Caucus of Rank and File...

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Cheers and jeers at the 29th Ward NAACP campaign forum
Jan29

Cheers and jeers at the 29th Ward NAACP campaign forum

Zerlina Smith got the most applause and incumbent Deborah Graham got the most boos at the January 25th Sunday forum held at the Greater St. John Bible Church on the far West Side. Facing 7 challengers and a largely hostile audience, Graham looked increasingly uncomfortable as the meeting went on. Zerlina Smith, showing no signs of the bad head cold which has dogged her for days, appeared both passionate and confident as she answered...

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