Guest Post from Stacy Davis Gates: Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from all of us at United Working Families!

We had a powerful 2018, and 2019 is already underway in exciting and transformative ways. Here are some of the highlights of last year's work to win the political power we need to govern in unapologetically redistributive ways.

  • We are winning. In the March 2018 primary elections, we elected a slate of Black and Latinx candidates from the rank and file of our movements: Brandon Johnson, Delia Ramirez, Alma Anaya, and Aaron Ortiz. These victories were a direct result of our efforts to build and win on a set of aspirational politics as far back as 2014.

  • We are growing. We continue to add new affiliated organizations and at-large delegates to our Party Committee! We saw this growth firsthand at our largest-ever convention, in September.

  • We are building. This year, we launched two programs that have deepened and broadened our bench of organizers, candidates, and campaigners of color: the Movement Leader Fellowship and the Black Worker Organizing Institute. The new class of fellows have been placed on campaigns for the Chicago city elections, where they are learning important organizing and fundraising skills.

  • We are fighting. We staked out bold positions on the issues that matter most, whether it was sending elected officials to the US-Mexico border to protest family separation or organizing an 800-person mayoral forum on Black displacement in Chicago.

It’s been a powerful year for us—and it’s made possible only by the support of members like you. If you're looking forward to winning, growing, building, and fighting with us in 2019, please consider making a one-time donation of $25 or $50 today.

United Working Families is an Illinois-based, independent political organization by and for the many, not the few. Our members--Action Now, Chicago Teachers Union, Cook County College Teachers Union, Grassroots Illinois Action, SEIU Healthcare Illinois Indiana, People United for Action, Warehouse Workers Organizing Committee, United Electrical Workers Western Region, Illinois Nurses Association, 22nd Ward IPO, 25th Ward IPO, and 33rd Ward Working Families--represent over 100,000 people across Illinois.

Highlights from last year, clockwise from top left: Movement Leader Camp, SEIU HCII President Greg Kelley speaking at our mayoral forum on Black Displacement, newly elected officials Alma Anaya and Delia Ramirez with Alderman Carlos Ramirez Rosa at the US boarder, members of the Black Worker Organizing Institute, canvassing for Brandon Johnson for Cook County Commissioner.

Highlights from last year, clockwise from top left: Movement Leader Camp, SEIU HCII President Greg Kelley speaking at our mayoral forum on Black Displacement, newly elected officials Alma Anaya and Delia Ramirez with Alderman Carlos Ramirez Rosa at the US boarder, members of the Black Worker Organizing Institute, canvassing for Brandon Johnson for Cook County Commissioner.