Interview with Lu Palmer

Tell me why were these political education classes going forth?


Well, you got to remember that in '80, '81, our people had been through decades of machine politics in Chicago and they had been forced out of any real involvement. And they really knew little about the political process. So we took, ah, two thousand people who knew, they didn't even know the difference between a ward committeeman and an alderman and that's about as elementary as you can get. They knew nothing about what a State Rep was to do, what a, what a State Senator was, they just did not know anything about the political system. So it became absolutely essential that we develop a cadre of people, number one, who were informed and number two, who had been trained on what to do out there in the streets, insofar as campaigning was concerned, and that's what it, that's what developed, er, over this, ah, year and a half period of political education.