Today (4/18/19) Green Party member, Rev. Anthony Williams, held a press conference at the Thompson Center in Chicago. Williams joined Rep. La Shawn Ford, activists and scientists who gathered to announce that a resolution will be introduced into the Illinois State Legislature within a week proclaiming violence as a public health issue. They seek further legislation to address the causes of violence in our society and to heal those affected by it.
Rev. Williams’s son Nehemiah, age 34, was shot and killed in February 2018. Williams’ tireless work since has brought together legislators, scientists and activists to find solutions to the epidemic of violence in our society.
The press conference featured Sista Yaa Simpson, an epidemiologist who works for the City of Chicago as well as Teresa Cordova, Director of the Great Cities Institute at UIC who advocated for a holistic approach to curing systemic violence.
It is with great sadness that we report the loss of Alberto Bocanegra, former Cook County Green Party Chair and two time alderman candidate for the city of Chicago. According to news reports, Alberto was shot and killed after stopping a driver who had hit and run one of the bicyclists in an organized night bike ride on the South Side in the early hours of Tuesday morning, September 25th. Funeral arrangements are pending. We will post them on this site and send them through email and social media.
MWRD Candidates Karen Roothan, Tammie Vinson, and Christopher Anthony chanted “Vote Green! Vote Green! If you want your water clean!” as they walked in the 10th Ward Labor Day Parade on Saturday, September 2nd!
Rev. Williams got the chance to talk about hearings he is helping to lead throughout this state on violence with the help of state representatives in an effort to find solutions to the carnage. The first one was held on Saturday, August 25th.
Illinois Green Party’s Rich Whitney helped organize the anti-war rally and march commemorating the antiwar demonstrations 50 years ago at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago. The event was sponsored by The Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression. Whitney concluded the march with a call to build a peace movement that will “fight back smart.”
Jack Ailey, Rita Maniotis, and Green Party Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) candidates–Karen Roothan and Tammie Vinson handed out over 1000 flyers about the MWRD candidates and their campaign issues. Join us for our next outreach when we flyer the Labor Day Parade in Hyde Park–stay tuned for more info.