Blue Beginning: Happy Hour on April 12

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Wednesday: What’s coming for city government? Discuss.

Meet us at the Hideout this Wednesday, April 12, for Blue Beginning’s monthly political happy hour. Our special guests will be two prominent members of City Council’s progressive caucus, Alderman Matt Martin and Alderwoman Jeanette Taylor, who will share their thoughts on the election just passed and the new mayor’s program going forward. What’s his first move? Who will stand with him and who will oppose? How did he win in the first place? All this and more will be the stuff of a lively discussion led by our Indivisible Chicago hosts Marj Halperin and Tom Moss.

Our monthly happy hour is a great chance to gather, gossip, and get to know fellow activists and political insiders. Doors open at 5, program starts at 6, at the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia. Free and open to all, but please get a ticket here

By the way, congratulations and thanks 

Last week, with the whole country watching, local progressives notched two important electoral wins that will ramify from coast to coast and years into the future. In Wisconsin, we flipped the state Supreme Court from a conservative to a liberal majority, which will safeguard women’s reproductive freedoms there and start to undo the unconscionable gerrymandering that has Wisconsin (like Tennessee) locked in far-right fantasyland. In Chicago, we quashed the ancient cops-on-the-street trope and elected a people-first mayor who will turn the city’s attention from short-term expedients to long-term solutions. 

Blue Beginners and Indivisible Chicagoans provided essential support for both those elections. You wrote postcards and letters, knocked doors, and made calls to hundreds of thousands of voters in races where ground game made the difference. So take some credit. Enjoy a breather. And if you’re not already a member of Indivisible Chicago, sign up here to be informed of the next action. As the past week’s news attests, (1) there’s always something that needs our attention, and (2) when we do the work, we win.

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