The Sun-Times is reporting that a new progressive movement that’s swept through New York; Bridgeport, Connecticut; Jersey City, New Jersey; Oregon; and Seattle has arrived in Chicago.
What is it? The marquee example is that of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who was propelled into office following a campaign pushed by the Working Families Party, or WFP, which aims for electing everybody-type candidates who vow to stick to a community-based (aka left-wing) platform.
Groups here like Grassroots Illinois Action have been working with WFP in recent months to borrow a template that soon will be launched in the Windy City. That means they’re looking to run candidates in Chicago communities who are going to come up from that community (community organizers).
Karen Lewis is the kind of movement progressive who would excite a lot of people,” Working Families spokesman Joe Dinkin said. “There isn’t a Working Families Party in Chicago, so we don’t have any plans to endorse a candidate in this race.”
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In other liberal progressive news, NextGen Illinois - a left-wing student activist organization - has launched in time for the November election. The organization is supported by a number of liberal groups, including The Joyce Foundation.