A new progressive political coalition in Chicago called United Working Families is set to officially roll out on Monday, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
The group, comprised of community and labor organizations, "will represent well over 100,000-plus members in a diverse range of communities in Chicago,” United Working Families Executive Director Kristen Crowell told the newspaper.
Groups involved with the effort include the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) and Grassroots Illinois Action, among others.
“Certainly, it is our opinion that the current leadership is not doing enough to take care of our folks,” Crowell noted. The group's aim will be “finding, recruiting and supporting candidates who are going to be with us.”
“It’s not about elected officials, it’s about members having a role and having a voice in Chicago,” she added.
Chicago activists are looking to borrow ideas for their new group from the Working Families Party (WFP), a progressive political party that has had success in places like New York City and elsewhere.
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