Hillary Clinton Visits Chicago South Side
By Kai EL’ Zabar
The gathering of supporters, politicians and religious leaders were joined by the parents of those who lost children to gun violence stood front and center solidly for Hillary while those on the fence listened attentively.
Congressman Danny Davis was the first of a long line of public servants who spoke airing why he supports Hillary and asked the crowd to assist in urging others to register and get out to vote. Congresswoman Robin Kelly was equally passionate in her pitch with a sense of urgency for us to spread the word of the importance of this election. Supporting Hillary is a vote of confidence in President Obama’s performance and accomplishment as President. There were leaders of the clergy from the community who were the cheerleaders charged with motivating the crowd. . . . President Hillary Clinton, President Hillary Clinton, President Hillary Clinton!
Hillary Clinton brought her presidential campaign to her native Chicago today for three fundraisers and a get-out-the vote rally at 11 a.m. in Bronzeville, aimed at African American – especially female – voters. Clinton appeared with the Naperville woman discovered dead from hanging in a Texas jail cell following an arrest for a traffic stop.
Clinton was introduced by Bland’s mother, Geneva Reed-Veal who shared her respect and views of a woman who is a mother and understands the importance of protecting our children and what the loss of a child means; who will work to change the current way police behave during routine police encounters in Black communities; a woman who means what she says and who will work to make things happen that will make a difference. Ms. Veal closed her,introduction with , “That’s why she’s got my vote.”
Hillary Clinton and Mrs. Geneva Reed-Veal stood on stage and held hands high the o a cheering crowd. She then stepped back and joined the others have lost their children to gun violence. Hillary very poised opened up by recognizing the families who lost children and or other to gun violence. Then she said, “We must change the Fraternal Order of Police contract because it doesn’t work for us. . . .We have to take these stories (the deaths of unarmed Blacks by police) and let them motivate us to change gun laws and all the other laws that don’t work for us.”
“Some of this, is common sense,” she said, ” Those on the no fly list should not be able to buy guns. Common sense,” she said and the crowd roared with applause. Hillary addressed the barriers that hold back African Americans and cited that Blacks are three times less likely to be granted loans for mortgages than their white counterparts.” We have to make sure that “Women get equal pay for doing the same job as men. There is actual evidence that men make more than women performing the same job. We have to make sure that we do the same for the LBGT community. It’s our responsibility to provide equality for all.”
“We have to create jobs, so that our people are employed. That’s what Bill Clinton did as president. Under his administration the medium income for African Americans went up 33%. I am confident that we can do make this change.
“Listen Illinois plan is scary. The governor has not passed the budget. Instead he has moved to undermine public employers, cut benefits of those hurt on the job, cut assistance children and in one month Chicago State University won’t be able to pay its bills.” She continued,
“Illinois has one of the widest discrepancies among students punished, with Chicago issuing 32 suspensions per 100 African American students but just five per white students, African American students accounting for 74% of school-based arrests despite making up just 45% of the school population, and 27% of school-based arrests being for simple battery, suggesting widespread arrests were occurring for fighting.”
Clinton was relentless in identifying the ills of our circumstances and declared, “I will work harder than anyone to makes changes that make a difference in peoples lives. I won’t make promises I can’t keep. I will work everyday to make the changes happen. I’m a progressive who believes in progress. Listen under Bill Clinton’s administration, his final budget went from a projected $360 billion deficit to a small surplus was higher tax rates passed by a Democratic Congress, social security in place and a booming economy. The republicans came in and we went back to trickle down economics and they wiped out 13 trillion dollars affecting every aspect of our lives and destroyed all that had been build.”
“The republicans are now saying that the President should let his successor choose the next justice. There’s no rule, law or policy in place that supports this. In fact he’s suppose to fill that vacancy. We do know that the Republican’s say anything and have said some very outlandish things pertaining to President Obama, but we know that they live in altered states of reality.”
Secretary of State Clinton acknowledged the amazing job that President Obama has done without the help of the Republicans who have fought him every step of the way. “He does not get the credit he deserves,” she said. When I met with the new president elect, I had no idea why he called meet with me. After he asked if I ‘d accept the Secretary of State position and I accepted, he said, ” It’s so much worse than what they told us.”‘ He inherited the worse economy in the history of the U.S. and pulled us out of the hold. He has accomplished much with little or no help from the Republicans. I want to continue the progress he’s made. And I will make sure that Obama care stays in tack and not start over. I will assure that all the progress Obama has made will continue.”
“Obama care has made a huge difference. I talk to lots of people and one man, a father whose daughter suffered with a disease that no insurance company would insure. They told him, “We do not insure burning houses.” He has insurance under Obamacare.”
“I’m going to level with you. I will tell you how much its going to cost, how long it will take to get done, etc., I want to make sure that our grandchildren will be safe to grow up in an environment respectful of diversity because every child deserves the chance to live up to their unique potential,”Clinton said closing out her speech.
Clinton’s appearance at the Parkway Ballroom, 4455 S. King Dr., in the historic African American community is part of her extended outreach toBlack voters – including a major policy speech delivered Tuesday in Harlem. The goal was for Clinton to hit Chicago again in advance of the March 15 Illinois primary, with early voting in the state starting last Feb. 4. Clinton faces a tight race with Bernie Sanders in the Saturday Nevada caucus while holding a lead as the Democrats head to the Feb. 27 South Carolina primary.