Monday, June 29, 2015

TONIGHT! CBCO MASTER CLASS with Clem Balanoff, Chuy GarciaPolitical & Field Director, June 25th, 6pm-8pm @ BJ's Market, 87th & StonyIsland


You're Invited to the Coalition of Black Community Organizations
On the last Thursday of every month
Blacks in Green facilitates the presentation of a
Master Class for organizers and everyday activists
to transfer tactical knowledge important to concerned citizens
on the road to our 2016 state and national elections.
Consider joining us in our
City Council Watch & Quarterly Report Card Initiatives -
next steps after the CBCO Municipal Candidates Questionnaire,
which was 60 questions of burning concern to the black community
in 7 categories, and submitted to all 189 candidates in
Chicago's February 24th municipal elections.
Nae Davis
6 - 6:45 Networking, Dining, CBCO Business
6:45 - 7:00 Introduction of CBCO Analysts
Amara Enyia, PhD/JD, 2015 Mayoral Candidate
Principal/Ace Municipal Partners, Iron Man Athlete
Jean Paul Thomas, Researcher & Data Analyst
DataNinjas.Info, Requirements Solutions Group, LLC
Chris Geovanis, Political Savant & Journalist
HammerHard Media Works amd Free Speech Radio News
7:00 - 7:30 Master Class with Clem Balanoff
Working For Your Alderman...And Other Key Roles On The Road To 2016
The Road From "Council Wars"
How To Do Your Duty
What To Watch For
When To Measure
Bottom Line About The CBCO City Council Watch & Report Card
7:30 - 8:00 The Analysts Weigh In
8:00 Your Closing Thoughts: The Audience Weighs In

Master Class with Clem Balanoff, the latest in our series of tactical knowledge transfers to the everyday citizens and activists of Chicago.
Clem Balanoff, of the legendary Balanoff political pedigree, is most recently distinguished as Political Director & Chicago Field Director for mayoral candidate Jesus Chuy Garcia, and as architect of perhaps the largest, fastest, most bullet-proof compilation of ballot petition signatures in the history of Chicago.
He retired as Chief of Staff/Deputy Cook County County Clerk, which office runs elections in Cook County, handles vital records (births, deaths, marriages, assumed names and notarys), and is responsible for property tax extensions and redemptions, with responsibilities to the Clerk to the Cook County Board.
Back in the day, the Balanoff name was synonymous with union democracy and progressive politics. Clem Balanoff's dad was James Balanoff, the Steelworker Union District 31 Director who was finally ousted by the national steelworker union leadership for being too tough on the bosses. His mother, Miriam, was a Cook County Circuit Court judge. His cousin Tom Balanoff, is president of SEIU Local 1. Most of his life Clem has lived on the Chicago's southeast side.
Balanoff lost his 1987 aldermanic bid to Victor Vrdolyak [yes, brother of Infamous Eddie]. He was elected Democratic Committeeman (a seat vacated when Eddie Vrdolyak turned Republican) and then State Representative, having put together an integrated coalition of blacks, Hispanics, and whites. Of his campaign for Alderman of the 10th Ward Balanoff said, "I'm the only candidate who campaigns in every community, not just white, black, or Hispanic ones. I'm the candidate to bring this ward together."

Onward, he touted, "When it came to stopping a proposed landfill at the O'Brien Locks, Clem Balanoff stood up and it was stopped," he said. "When it came to the flooding in Jeffery Manor because of the lousy sewers, Clem Balanoff stood up and we got the city moving. When it came to stopping them from putting a garbage-burning incinerator at 106th and Torrence, Clem Balanoff helped get that project blocked. We need someone who is going to go downtown and fight for the interests of this ward, and I'm telling you Clem Balanoff is the man for the job!"

He's a committed environmentalist, long-time marathon runner, and when he gets excited, he flaps his arms and talks really, really fast. Which is most of the time.

I'm blessed to count him as a friend, a Blacks in Green™ board member, and a hero of the people - join us Thursday night for the wit and wisdom of Clem Balanoff as we discuss "How To Work For Your Alderman...And Other Roles of Note on the Road To 2016."

Naomi Davis
CBCO Facilitator
Coalition of Black Community Organizations
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