Contact: Rousemary Vega 773-987-5355, Cassie Creswell 716-536-9313, Shannon Carter 312-203-5071
PROGRESSIVE ALDERMANIC CANDIDATES DEFYING CHICAGO POLITICAL ESTABLISHMENT “WOMEN AGAINST THE MACHINE,” CALL FOR NEW VISION FOR OUR CITY
Chicago 1/10 — Stories of struggle, of victories, of heart-pounding excitement in a battle for families and communities. Women running against the Chicago machine know them all.
Take the opportunity to hear about them firsthand as progressive women aldermanic candidates talk about their political fight for a new Chicago that works for ALL city residents.
Sixteen women from across the city are taking on Chicago’s political machine in February’s election, promising to end the “business as usual” policies that serve the city’s wealthy corporate elite at the expense of Chicago workers, students and taxpayers.
WHAT: 16 progressive, independent women aldermanic candidates detail their platform and vision for a new Chicago and a new style of Chicago politics.
WHO: Anne Shaw and Ronda Locke, 1st ward; Stacey Pfingsten, 2nd ward; Tara Baldridge, 8th ward; Sue Sadlowski Garza and Olga Bautista, 10th ward; Maureen Sullivan, 11th ward; Guadalupe Rivera, 16th ward; CM Winters, 21st ward, Juanita Irizarry, 26th ward; Zerlina Smith, 28th ward; Tammie Vinson, 29th ward; Irma Cornier 31st ward; Tara Stamps, 37th ward; Dianne Daleiden, 40th ward; Denice Davis, 46th ward. Moderator, Amara Enyia, former mayoral candidate.
These women all share common goals of winning a democratically-elected school board, redirecting economic development to Chicago’s neighborhoods, reforming the untransparent and unfair TIF system and building a truly new Chicago: a city run for the benefit of all its residents and all its neighborhoods.
“As women in politics, we are constantly fighting the system for ourselves, our families and our communities. Chicago politics has historically been a boys-only club and we’re battling to change it. It’s an amazing fight but one that few experience firsthand. By sharing our stories, we’ll provide deeper understanding about the political machine, the issues, and what it means to be a woman changing a man’s world,” said Maureen Sullivan, candidate in the 11th ward, heart of the Daley political machine for decades.
“Women are vastly underrepresented in politics at every level and here, it’s no different. Out of the 50 wards, only 16 are represented by woman aldermen. Only one woman has been mayor of Chicago. The time has come for change. Chicago can do better!” said Rousemary Vega, an organizer of the event.
With over 140 people attending, admission will be free but registration is recommended.
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