Saturday, January 16, 2016

Boycott of mayor's MLK Breakfast was effective

Timuel and Zenobia Black with keynoter, Rev Sekou at Chicago Teachers Union King Day Breakfast.
The Mayor's MLK Day Breakfast was a complete bust. The boycott called by a coalition of black ministers was effective. Protests outside and inside, disrupted the mayor's pathetic attempt to clean up his image. The turnout was so sparse, Rahm had to bus in the hungry from the senior citizens homes to fill the empty seats.

Keynoter Isabel Wilkerson, author of The Warmth of Other Suns backed out. They had to pay Dorothy Tillman a hefty fee to replace her. Sad.

But a mile west...
The Tribune reports:
A mile west, at the teachers' MLK breakfast in the South Loop, CTU president Karen Lewis said she had little interest in whether Emanuel resigns, though her own union's governing body has called for him to quit. The mayor has said he'll serve out the remaining three years on his term. 
"I don't care what he does," Lewis said. "Somebody else, maybe worse, would take his place." 
While the often-combative Lewis sounded conciliatory, the featured speaker at the breakfast, the Rev. Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou, brought hundreds of attendees to their feet.
"Mayor Emanuel, it's time for you to step down!" said Sekou, who was involved with civil rights demonstrations that followed the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. "Stand down, have integrity."
Police wrestle with protesters at the mayor's boycotted King Day event. 
This morning...
BYOP100CHI-led protesters have marched on the FOP bank and shut it down. Damn, I didn't even know they had a bank. Public funds are being used to support Van Dyke and other killer cops.

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