The 33rd Ward is feeling the Bern

Bernie Sanders is using his national platform to advance the issues that we care about and that would dramatically improve our communities: housing for all, a Green New Deal, immigrant rights, and putting power in the hands of working people, not corporations and billionaires.

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The Case for Abolishing the Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Program

A 33rd Ward Working Families Policy Brief
November 18, 2019

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A organized community is an strong community

Last week, President Trump announced plans for mass ICE raids aimed at cities including Chicago.

On a day's notice, more than 100 volunteers moved into action to help keep our community safe. 33rd Ward Working Families members and allies knocked on thousands of doors across Albany Park to talk to neighbors about their legal rights and distribute information on actions to take in the case of a raid.

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Rossana Rodriguez, our alderman-elect!

Nearly a year ago, WF33 members nominated one of our own, Rossana Rodriguez-Sanchez, to be our candidate for the 33rd Ward aldermanic seat.

Eleven months, two rounds of voting, and tens of thousands of knocked doors later, it’s official: The Board of Elections this afternoon certified Rossana for 33rd Ward Alderman’s victory. She will begin her term in May.

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As developers invade, tenants fight for a place to call home

We stand in support of the Kimball Tenants Union and call on Stark Chicago, the owner of their building, to find a solution to keep these tenants in their homes.

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Working Families members tell Cullerton: We want an elected school board now!

33rd Ward Working Families members joined our allies in the education justice movement to march from Ravenswood Manor Park to the home of state senate president John Cullerton to demand that he move the bill for an elected, representative school board in Chicago.

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WF33 and allies discuss next steps in rent control campaign

In the March primaries, 71 percent of 33rd Ward voters said they wanted Illinois to lift the ban on rent control to address gentrification and displacement.

This win brought new momentum to the push to keep our neighborhoods affordable and challenge the interests of big developers.

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Rent control referendum wins big in 33rd Ward

An advisory referendum to lift the state ban on rent control in Illinois won by huge margins in the 33rd Ward, which includes the neighborhoods of Albany Park, Avondale, and Ravenswood Manor. 33rd Ward Working Families, a local independent political organization, put the referendum on the ballot and campaigned for its victory.

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Chicago needs rent control. I know. I got priced out while pregnant.

By Rossana Rodriguez-Sanchez

In 2015, only a few months after I learned I was pregnant, our landlord raised our rent.

My partner and I had been living in an apartment in Albany Park for two years. It was not in good shape but we put love, time and energy into making it a place we could welcome our son. We paid our rent on time every month. At the end of our lease the landlord asked us if we were staying. When we said yes, he raised our rent more than $200—more than our budget would allow.

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WF33 endorses Johnson, Ramirez

33rd Ward Working Families is pleased to issue solidarity endorsements to Delia Ramirez for State Representative (District 4) and Brandon Johnson for Cook County Commissioner (District 1), two movement-backed candidates seeking office in Chicago.

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