Interview with Joseph Gardner

The day of the general election, tell me what some of the things what you did to make sure that there was plenty of votes--


Well it was fantastic, ah, ah, because we had response from people from all walks of life. People donated their cars. Again Operation PUSH, C-BUC, where Lu Palmer did, ah, very, splendid job in terms of mobilizing people, Nancy Jefferson, Slim Coleman, many of the other organizations around town, ah, had turned their, their whole operations into a get out the vote effort for Harold Washington. And we recruited people with cars. We told people who, who had cars to report to various places so they could transport people to the polls. We didn't want to lose a vote. We had taxicab drivers for Washington. Those taxicab drivers, and we must have had at least 60 or 70 cabs from around the city. Those people volunteered all day long. All we at the campaign had to do was put gas in their cabs. Bus drivers, individuals who owned bus companies, private bus companies, made their buses available. Ah, we even had full-length school buses to transport workers from one area of the city, ah, to another. We had buses at the El stops. Because I remember very clearly that, ah, there was some sort of a delay in the, ah, in the, ah, rapid transit elevated, ah, trains that were running from the Loop to the South Sides and the West Sides and we always felt that this was by design, not by accident. But be that as it may, we had buses at the key drop-off points along the EL line prepared to take people to their neighborhood polling place, so we did not lose a vote. It was the most effective grassroots field operations that I think that, ah, ah, we'd ever had in any campaign in Chicago.