Remembering Harold Washington Mayor Washington visits sick child. (The Chicago Defender Photo Files) He was our hero, our role model, a man of the people. His speech was elegant, intellectually savvy and yet his connection to the ordinary working man was magnetic. His voice was boisterous yet inviting. Harold Washington was the entire package of… via Remembering Harold Washington: A Man Like No Other — The Chicago Defender Advertisements Continue reading Remembering Harold Washington: A Man Like No Other
By Paul Street Beneath a carefully constructed pretense of concern for racial justice, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel has long been a dedicated corporatist “law and order” enemy of Black America. During his time as a top political operative in the arch-neoliberal Bill Clinton White House, the notorious bully Emmanuel (later to be nicknamed “Rahmbo”) was a driving force behind the 1994 federal “three strikes” Clinton crime bill. That draconian measure helped make Bill Clinton “the incarceration president” and contributed to a significant increase in the monumental hyper-imprisonment and criminal marking of Black Americans. Among other terrible things, the law put … Continue reading Rahm Emmanuel, Laquan McDonald and Black Rebellion in Chicago.