Interview with Joseph Gardner

OK, Mr. Gardner --or whatever you would like to say.


Well I think that what this election meant, ah, for the city, ah, and to, ah, a certain extent the nation is that, people who have been historically locked out or perceived that they are locked out of the decision making processes that take place in government, those who are, are economically disadvantaged, ah, those who want to see a true, open government that, where people can participate, the dreamers, if you will, as well as the political pragmatists, found that, by coming together and organizing themselves, ah, and identifying a candidate of credibility that they could win an election in the second or third largest city in the nation. That has to have a tremendously positive ripple effect, ah, among progressive minded people, organizers and activists around the country. Ah, in the aftermath of that election and the events that have taken place since then in Chicago, I think that it really says that, ah, ah, that same kind of effort can be put together again. It means that, ah, Many of us have to remember how we were able to elect Harold Washington. We didn't get a popular candidate first. We started talking about issues that were of concern to people throughout the city of Chicago. We built a coalition. We registered people to vote. We had a movement, if you will, that got transformed into a, a fairly sophisticated political organization and then we had a candidate who could drive it forward. Ah, I think that formula worked in Chicago in '83. It will work in Chicago in 1991 and beyond. It will work in other major cities around this country if it's followed because I think it's a, a blue, blueprint for, ah, victory**.


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