By Jim Vail
|Ed Hershey speaks at the Pilsen aldermen forum.|
Challengers gathered at the aldermen forum in the 25th ward to debate ideas on how to fight the fight two weeks ago.
Chicago Teachers Union endorsed candidate Ed Hershey joined labor activist Jorge Mujica, Pilsen Alliance Byron Sigcho and Roberto Montano.
"The working people need to fight," Hershey said in his opening speech. "The banks are getting their money every year and at the same time they are taking money out of the schools. They cut school budgets, but they didn't cut their interest payments."
Mujica said the city must stop the theft of stolen wages, largely lost in overtime work. He said he helped recover about $750,000 in lost wages.
|Jorge Mujica is a candidate for 25th ward alderman.|
Mujica added that the democrats helped destroy the huge immigrant rights marches a few years by telling everyone they just needed to go to the polls.
Sigcho added that the immigrant rights advocate US Congressman Luis Guitierrez supports Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who supported increased deportations.
While the challengers did not hit hard at incumbent Danny Solis who was not present at the forum, they did take swipes at the system.
Even Montano, the white collar candidate clearly not connected to the working class like the others, said Pritzker was replaced on the Chicago school board by another 'oligarch.'
While Montano later conceded he is a democrat and a capitalist, he made the sign of the cross as if asking his lord to forgive him, being seated between two socialists.
Hershey said college should be free for everyone (loud applause) and everyone should have the same rights.