On March 20, voters came out in force for our UWF slate of candidates - Brandon Johnson and Alma Anaya for Cook County Commissioner seats, and Delia Ramirez and Aaron Ortiz for State Representative. They are all first time candidates, young people of color who have been active in movements for education justice, immigrant rights, and more. It was a stunning upset for machine politics and a progressive victory for working families.
These are not just electoral victories. They are organizing victories. They were seeded by our work in the 2015 Chicago elections and powered by the independent political organizations that grew out of those efforts. And they demonstrate that when we organize, we can win.
This election, United Working Families knocked on thousands of doors, talked to hundreds of voters, and trained a class of fellows in the skills they need to keep organizing and winning. Our staff and board members ran these grassroots campaigns. And we invested early to make sure that our challengers would have the resources they needed to be competitive.
The result? We went four-for-four with first-time candidates and young people of color. And we’re ready to keep taking on corporate politicians with movement candidates.
We’re ready for 2019, 2020, and beyond. But we can’t do it without you! This can be a warning shot for Rahm Emanuel and his rubber-stamp aldermen, but we can’t do it without you! We're building a challenge to the parties of billionaires. Please consider chipping in today.