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Thanks to our team, countless residents at community meetings and on the doors as we’ve canvassed for almost a whole year, and to the groups in Chicago educating us all about what we can do to protect pedestrians and cyclists. Our built environment shapes everything around us. Investment in infrastructure is the difference between walkable neighborhoods and risk of death and injury. It affects our health, our happiness, and our opportunities in life. For too long we have seen essential streets go unshoveled after snowstorms, have been late for work due to ghost buses, and have dealt with crumbling streets, sidewalks, alleys and bridges.
This campaign is a group project and our plan is being made together. We will be releasing our Public Safety platform piece very soon!
Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who took part in this beautiful event. It was the best day ever! This is what our community looks and feels like at its best. Every community faces challenges, especially the ones we don't choose. But this past weekend, we showed up for love and joy and not for hate and fear. It was 100% pure delicious good vibes. And even though I'm thanking everyone who showed up, I especially want to thank Brittany & the crew at @hausofmelaninbeautybar because they gave Bridgeport a chance and then gave us another one. We will keep fighting to #MoveThe11thWardForward and make this place great for EVERYONE who lives here. This block party was just another example of how creative, smart, and capable we all are, and that the shape of the future is up to us. These lovely photos by @_bethmartini .Thanks for the tunes November Riot and Mermaid NV - y'all rock. Thanks to Duck Inn for duck fat sausages (fancy!) & Spoke & Bird for amazing bakery cooked buns. Thanks to Beermiscuous for beers, Polo Inn for hand sanitizer, Becky & Will for cooking for everyone the whole time, all of our tablers & vendors, & volunteers who did set up and break down & watched the bouncy house. I'm sure I'm leaving some off of here - THANK YOU!!
My first two days of petition season were even better than I hoped. I started by collecting dozens of signatures from old friends at Jackalope Cafe, then spent to afternoon petitioning my neighbors. Last night I joined the rest of the crew for a canvass of Bridgeport. Eventually, I ran into my former student, who gave me a good introduction to some neighbors! What a night!
We only need 473 signatures to get on the ballot, but we have until the end of November to get as many as possible. Help us show this campaign's strength and get the word out.
THANK YOU! We raised $50,372 by the start of petition season - no small feat! We fought hard for every dollar, and every dollar came from someone who really cares about seeing this happen. No corporate dollars did this, just people power! Speaking of which, we will be out knocking doors and collecting signatures to get on the ballot starting today! Raising money is critical, but there's no replacement for a face to face conversation. We need as many of you out there with us as possible!
I am SO excited that I was profiled in World Journal, a very important global newspaper that also reports Chicago news and is widely read and distributed in the 11th ward. I'm grateful to get the opportunity to talk about the work our campaign team has been doing, and that a reporter was able to cover our community meeting! This will help us continue to make new connections and grow the work we are doing to make this campaign impactful right now before the election is even here.
To me, teaching has always been about facilitating reciprocity and supporting the trust we need to be vulnerable enough to both speak and listen to each other. Our community meetings are the same way - an opportunity to teach each other and fire up our imaginations. It’s not enough to ask people what they need or want - we have to find deeper ways to interact and we have to provide the tools needed for us to answer these questions together. “What do you need?” is a very big question. “How can we try to get it?” is the next step, and that isn’t easy either. It’s an absolute necessity that government take this work seriously and invest fully in it. I’m not waiting until I’m elected to try to figure out how to connect with my fellow residents in the 11th ward and start building together. Thank you to everyone who attended the meeting and shared your thoughts about public safety. It made me very optimistic for our future.
It’s official! We are teaming up with Haus of Melanin Beauty Bar to throw a BLOCK PARTY! September 3rd, next to the shop on 34th & S. Morgan, from 12-4pm. Live music! Bouncy house! Grilling! Bring your own food and beer! We're also doing a book bag and school supply donation drive for back to school giveaway so be on the lookout for ways to donate supplies!
Last week we were busy having fun with more big beautiful weeknight night canvasses. We hit the streets of Chinatown and went out for dim sum after. We aren’t waiting around for people to come to the table…we’re literally going and getting them and bringing them to it! It’s hard work to do that and we are so lucky to have so many people ready and willing to do that work and #MoveThe11thWardForward
THANK YOU THANK YOU Shelby and Chris for opening your home and throwing a cookout so we can show appreciation for Ambria for Alderman campaign volunteers. In just the last three months, this amazing group has knocked thousands of doors, hosted 5 community meetings, and organized an incredible music show/fundraiser (see more about that below!). Petition season starts Aug 30th and we are all feeling optimistic surrounded by all these wonderful people. Let’s #movethe11thwardforward !!
Want to house a house party? Let us know here and we'll follow up with you! >
We are proud to announce our first campaign platform item, built together with residents over the past two months. To create our plan, we: met with local organizers who have been working on these issues in the area; attended the incredible public meeting hosted by the Southwest Environmental Alliance; and held three open community meetings to discuss this issue and others. Those conversations made it clear that environmental racism and corrupt development deals with toxic polluters places a great weight on the wards and neighborhoods of the south side - including ours.
I am so very honored and excited that my very first print media coverage is a profile in Sing Tao Daily @singtaohk, written by Chicago District Chief Michelle Teo herself. A huge thank you to Ms. Teo for taking the time to talk with me and for introducing me to your readers.
This is about so much more than the money, this is about bringing together all of the energy and talent and turning it into something that makes an impact. After this, I believe more than ever in the possibility of what we can achieve together in our special little corner of Chicago. A big shout out first and foremost to @misskodimlea who made this whole thing run. Thank you next to Ben Moroney who was also a huge part of organizing this and booking bands and even rescheduled work to run sound. Thanks @maxgelula for working so hard at rehearsals with me and my students and their friends, Ratz Juice so we could knock everyone’s socks off with our rendition of Last Resort, and thanks to Brigham from the Walkie Talkies for stepping in to play drums for us at the last minute and to the Walkie Talkies for performing. Thanks to our other acts @gladragsmusic @kevinandhell and our emcee @stingostingo - all who gave up their time and skills for free and to all who came and donated. And thank you to everyone else on the campaign steering committee for everything you do.
This truly felt like one of those moments where you get to walk the walk - we got to collaborate with our neighbors and have them help us design this campaign through working on our platform with us. A former student of mine even came! Let’s get the youth involved too. Our next community meeting will be June 4th - be on the lookout for more details including what our focus will be. Anybody can share any ideas, but as the platform starts to take shape we will start to focus on certain items that need to be fleshed out. Please join us next time and contribute to the plan we are making for our ward. We are not just making a wish list - we are scheming about how we can try to make these plans a reality. We are making a blueprint to build from and I am so excited for us to build it together.
With just a couple hours it was hard to dig into everything there is to plan out for the ward. Thank you to everyone who came and shared their visions for the future of their community. This is how we are building our platform - we plan it together as a community. When I win this race, we will all win because that seat of power will be used to advance the agenda we created together. Power built by all of us instead of given from higher places stays in our hands. We talked a lot about environmental justice and transit problems this time, next time we are going to come back together to make plans for our infrastructure (and whatever else comes up naturally!). Our next canvass is Saturday at 11am, the next community town hall meeting is May 14th at Armour Square Park Field house. Please come and be part of what we are building. Thank you thank you thank you to @hausofmelaninbeautybar owner Brittany who not only opened the shop for us and put out snacks but who also stayed and participated and shared her thoughts. Let’s keep on moving the 11th ward forward!
WHAT A DAY! Thank you to ALL of the ONE MILLION people who came out on a rainy day to make our first official Ambria for Alderman canvass a huge success. We had so many great conversations with each other and on the doors. With the election still 11 months away, seeing so many people believe in this before we even have endorsements or paid staff gives me so much hope. We can move mountains and we can move the 11th ward forward.
If we missed you this time you can check out our full schedule here >
To our campaign team, house parties are another way to collaborate on a vision for the ward. We aren’t just coming in and presenting a campaign to our neighbors at these events; we’re literally working on it together! We hatched so many exciting plans together last night. Thank you to @zeog for making this happen…not pictured: an incredible spread of food and drinks Sam set up. Scheming takes fuel and he provided in abundance. I’m still full…
If you want to plan a house party please let us know here or text, email the campaign. You invite your 11th ward friends and we hang out and talk about the ward. It’s really that simple - and it helps us move the 11th ward forward!
@hausofmelaninbeautybar is in the news again, but this time it is more positive. I'm so proud of all of the people in Bridgeport who stepped up to embrace & encourage Brittany and her team, and I'm thankful they are giving this community another chance.