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Englewood Bulletin (Newspaper) - December 24, 1970, Chicago, Illinois Holiday Greetings From All of Us To All of You Peoples' Convention Slates Candidates By HURLEY GKEEN A SLICE of politicalhistory was cut in the Capitol Theatre, 7945 Hals ted; last Saturday, as some persons of all ethnic backgrounds, assembled for the convening of Chicago's first Peoples Convention. The purpose of the group was to select an Independent political slate and ratify a 'Peoples Bread and Butter platform.' CALLED by a group of persons seeking alternatives choices between the Democrats and the Republicans, the convention was chaired by Operation Breadbasket Associate Director, the Rev. Calvin Morris. Rep. Bob Mann, in introducing Atty. E. Duke McNeil, head of The Woodlawn Organization and Convention Parlimentarian; said: "This is indeed an historic event. I ask you all to keep in mind that the very first call to action in this country, was a Peoples he reminded. FOLLOWING a reading of the Convention rules by McNeil, 44th ward Alderman William Singer introduced the Rev. Jesse Jackson who delivered a soul-stirring key-note address. Beginning his dialogues with a 'welcome to everybody, in- cluding Army Intelligence agents, the Rev. Jackson pointed out the need for a new togetherness between blacks and whites, as well as other minority groups. "THERE IS a realistic chance that IF we come together, we MIGHT survive. Without this kind of unity, we will all surely he offered. Jackson pointed out that he hoped that the people here at the Convention were there to do some really hard work, "There is no short-cut to organizing votes in a campaign, this means work and service." IN A WELL-PACED, typical Jesse Jackson commen- tary, the country preacher touched all bases in the area of political need for change. He pointed out of all that 'Republicans write us off and the Democrats ignore us.' According to Jackson, this was all a part of a plan to keep poor folks in 'limbo and a state of con- fusion.' PICKING UP the tempo, Jesse swung into a delivery very much reminiscent of the late Dr. King, when he quoted: "I hear a different drummer and I want to march to the music that I hear rathe.- than that has been programmed for too he shouted. JESSE described the political pie as it exists today, as being so small and exclusive, that even if God, with all of his ability to divide equally, could not do so and have any left over for the poor. he shouted. "We must have a pie of our he concluded. TAKING a swing at the Mayor. Jesse pointed out that the Daley did not even campaign in the black community four years ago. "Today however, because of the activity of the black and the poor, the Mayor has been forced to dump one of his neighbors and slate a black man for the post of City Treasurer." he said IN DESCRIBING the kind of candidates the Peoples Con- vention would salute. Jackson said; "Our politicians will be free to speak; they won't have to dance around on their positions regarding Wareen Bacon. Fred Hampton, and he stated. ON THE SUBJECT of his own candidancy. Jesse told newsmen that at this time he is running 'for a new party and a bonified member of a new alternative." he said. Lasting some five hours, the convention voted to re-convene on January 2, at which time a delegates' platform committee will submit a platform for the recommended candidates. Amidst the usual confusion and controversy, the Convention finally agreed on some 19 candidates for recommendation. chief reason for recommendation seemingly being presence at the convention THE RECOMMENDED candidates included Hiroski Kannoi 2nd; Sam Patch 3rd; Leon Despres, 5th; Mary Lee 7th; Aid William Cousins, 8th; Edward Stanback. 9th; Atty Anna Langford. 16th; Philip Smith, 21st; James Gullate. 22nd; George Rodriquez, 23rd; Garcia Lopez, 26th: Frank Peavay, 27th. Robert Gret-ne Sr. 28th; John Stevens. 42nd; William Singer, 43rd: Rev Charles Chuck 4iith. and Jack Sperling. 50th. There was much dissension both doing and after the selection of the candidates with critisism ranging all the way from improper selection procedures, to the question of philosophical positions SEVERAL PERSONS in attendance at the meet questioned the whole strategy of tryir.g to combine the thrust for black political power with the wishes of white people and other minority groups. Said one of the chosen delegates, "This whole thing is nothing more than an exercise in learning the political processes." he charged REV. JACKSON labeled the convention a success par- ticularly in 'view of the fact that the white media did not give us any free publicity this week.' CHICAGO'S PROGRESSIVE COMMUNITY WEEKLY copy Month Delivered To Your Door 13th YEAR THURSDAY, DECEMBER 24, 1970 NO. 6 All Phones, ST 3-1040 For Want Ads. Advertising. News Items Twenty-four from Area Go to Aldermanie Starting Posts M .W Thunderous Frost THERE ARE THREE candidates opposing campaign. Here we see Alderman Frost as he files alderman Wilson Frost, in the newly formed 34th for the Spring election, at City Hall. (Frost is but none of these have a snowball's chance certain of a Spring harvest, experts of overcoming the "The Thunderous Frost" Greater Institutional EITHER CHICAGOANS have very little con- fidence in the city's executive body or they simply enjoy the antics of playing at politics. Whichever the case, some 178 persons have formally filed Aldermanie petitions to fill only 50 positions in the City Council. To milk every bit of drama from the event, 120 of the filers waited until the Monday, Dec. 21 deadline; or perhaps some of the signatures required that much time. Even with the record Monday filing, the 173 total was far short of the 220 persons who filed nominating petitions in 1967. THOSE PERSONS who missed the Monday deadline will now have to wait another four years to get on Mayor Daley's case; since Chicago election law calls for the filing of nominating petitions in order to be placed on the ballot. Though the February Primary is labeled a non- partisian affair, by coincidence, 38 of the 50 Aldermen are part of Mayor Daley's Democratic machine. Challengers of the filed petitions have until Saturday to make formal challenge before the Election Commissioners. FROM THE wards covered by the BULLETIN, some 24 candidates have filed petitions. They are: 5th Q. Washington, 6733 S. Chappel; Cynthia Burke, 5446 S. Dorchester; Leon M. Despres 1220 E. 56th St. 6th Sawyer, 7406 S. Wabash; Marbry T. Roby Jr., 8160 S. Wabash. 8th K. Cooper, 962 E. 84th PL; William Cousins Jr. 1745 E. 83d PL; Andre W. La Corbiere, 7928 S. Dorchester: Emmett J. Lodree, 921 E. 83rd St. 16th R. Langford, 6036 S. Bishop; George P. Bogam, 6814 S. Aberdeen; Ronald L. Williams, 5724 S. Carpenter. 17th H. Shannon 144 W. 74th St. 20th E. Arlington, 6421 S. Langley; Kenneth C. Campbell 609 E. 60th St.; Clifford P. Kelly, 5724 S. Indiana. 2ist A. Perkins, 9127 S. LaSalle; Philip G. Smith, 9419 S. Forest; Bennett M. Stewart, 650 E. 88th PL; Grady Yarbrough, 9306 S. Laflin. 34th S. Lowe; Wilson Forst 10816 S. Parnell; Curtis Ross, 10001 S. Peoria. 17th Ward Alderman-Committeeman William Shannon is miming unopposed. ym r? Contest Winner "MUCK SUCCESS and enthusiasm" was the outcome of an 4 annual King and Queen Contest recently sponsored by Greater Institutional A.M.E. Church. 7800 Indiana. On Sunday, December 13 the church contest crowned Mrs. Freda Miller on the church Improvement Club as first place winner of the crown: "Miss Greater Institutional 1971." SECOND PLACE went to Mrs. Coreasy Grant, a member ot the Clarions; third place to Mrs. Norma Crockett, on the Stewards Board; and the fourth spot was given to Mrs. Evelyn Quarles, on the Usher Board Highlight of the evening was the 1970 Queen placing the crown on the new 1971 Queen. The reigning 1970 Queen was Mrs. Minerva Turner. OTHER participants on the coronation program included the following people representing their respective groups: Wendy Walker, Cherub Choir; Coreasy A. Grant, Clarions; Katana McDonald, Gospel Choir, Ruth Morgan, Laymen's Club; Jessie Sneed, Missionary Society; Norma Crockett. Steward Board; Gregory Warfield, Sunday School; Evelyn Quarles, Usher Board; Frieda Miller. Women's Improvement Club; Queenie Davis, Drama Club; Laurine Canada, Senior Choir; Warren Jones. Young Adults; Mrs. Mitchell. Dearborn Center; Sharon Moss, Angelic Choir, and Mittie Sippal. Trustees. GENERAL chairman for the program was Mrs. Nancy Kelly and co-chairman was Mrs. Nancy Eady. Rachelle E. Ford is Director of Public Relations. Also on December 13, Greater Institutional A.M.E. Church had its combined senior and adult choirs presenting excerpts of Handel's Artists who appeared on the program were Juanita Hedgewood and Cheryl Harris, sopranos; Queen Davis and Rosalind Frye. altos; special guest artists included Albert Yarbrough. tenor and Lorenzo Stalling, bass, of "It's Time Truth Speaks." GUEST ORGANIST for the occasion was Vernon Bond, Sr. Director was Epperson Bond. Sr. Pastor of Greater In- stitutional A.M.E. Church is Rev. David C. Coleman B Open U. i E I Editor Lauds Selection of Treasurer Choice BULLETIN Editor, Hurley Green was among the first area persons to extend congratulations to the Highland Bank President Joseph Bertrand, upon notification of Bertrand's selection by the Democratic Central Committee, for the post of City Treasurer. A LONG-TIME friend and associate of the young banker, Green said: "This could not have hap- pened to a better guy. Joe is a hard worker, and he has proven his loyalty to the party time and time he stated. "MY ONLY complaint is that this did not happen four years ago. Joe and the Mayor are both Roman Catholics and the Mayor, in the past, has always looked out for his soldiers of the same he concluded. ASKED WHAT he thought the move meant in terms of black Independent politics, Green said, "THERE IS no doubt about it, the Mayor and the Central Committee has severely injured the chances of any real Independent political muster in the up-coming February opined Green. VIEWED IN many circles as a shrewd judge of political action, Green quickly pointed out that, "THOSE BLACK Independents who would castigate the system will have difficulty in for- malizing a rationale which would deny a vote to a qualified black, without being pointed out the out-spoken editor. "SOMEWHERE along the line, we are going to have to give shoring up support to those persons in the party who are in a position to help the cause of black political power. Many persons are deserting the Independent movement because most of the time there is no actual program or platform. Every Independent seems to ask to be elected solely because he is concluded Green. Langford Leaps NOTED CIVIL RIGHTS ATTORNEY Mrs. Anna R. Langford has an ex- cellent chance of becoming the 1st woman in Chicago history to win an aldermatic seat. Here see Mrs. Langford filing shortly the deadline her aldermatic petition. Black attorney is opposed in the 16th Ward by Ronald L. Williams, 5724 Carpenter, and organization candidate George P. Bogan, 6814 Aberdeen. In announcing her candidacy Atty. Langford declared: "We (Black people) need experienced and capable leadership in all levels of government, and particularly on the City level." Accompanied by members of Black Men Moving, a Division of SCLC's Operation Bread- basket, at the office of the Board of Election Commissioners, in City Hall, Atty. Langford stated that she intends to combat Urban "Removal" if Black residents and to improve public safety with better police and fire protection, as well as improved health and sanitation conditions. Three From Ml Teaching Sixth Graders TEACHING the rudiments of outdoor education to sixth graders from two Lombard schools last week were twenty six elementary education majors from Northern Illinois University. Kelly, 7729 Lowe; Beth Me- Among the 26 were three Clure, 8319 Wabash; and Ruth representatives of the Robinson. 6659 Minerva did BULLETIN locale their thing with the sixth graders from Glen Park and NIU student teachers Jane Lincoln Elementary Schools. N Door For 1st Babv v See Page 6 NOW DIRECT LINES TO Bulletin- Booster Classified Ad Dept. 586-8787 586-8788 586-8789
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