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SPRINGFIELD - Socialists officially entered Illinois political campaign circles Tuesday when two prominent anti-capitalist leaders filed the Chicago Socialist Campaign political action committee with the State Board of Elections.
Set into action "to support candidates that support our ideology," the group identifies Isaac Silver of Chicago as chairman and Joanne Misnik of Chicago as treasurer.
Last year, Isaac Silver raised over $1015 on an online donation site to start up the Chicago Socialist Campaign.
"Chicago activists and socialists are coming together to plan for a socialist campaign in the 2015 city elections, inspired by the movement-powered victory of Kshama Sawant in Seattle," Silver's fundraiser page says. "We first met as an exploratory committee in late 2013 and have begun work on development of a platform, campaign timeline, and outreach and media plan."
Silver says the group has "developed some momentum in the city and begun to attract some attention outside of Chicago as well." Just as Sawant has boosted the group's effort, the Socialists say they "see this process as part of a larger project of creating a serious, socialist, working-class presence in U.S. politics."
The group filed Tuesday with $4773 on hand. The group's official founding meeting was in January at the Chicago Jane Hull House, with nearly 100 on hand.
An online report says they drew members of several socialist organizations—including Solidarity, Socialist Alternativeand the International Socialist Organization—as well as members of community organizations and unions, such as Chicago Teachers Union, AFSCME and Service Employees International Union.
The activists say among other efforts, they plan to use the electoral effort to amplify the demands of popular movements in Chicago, such as the call for a $15 minimum wage.