VIDEO: Grassroots group canvasses for Ramirez-Rosa in 35th Ward

By Adam Banicki

The Chicago City Council elections are weeks away and Reclaim Chicago volunteers are canvassing the streets seeking support for new progressive candidates.

Reclaim Chicago, a grassroots political organization, strives to elect new progressive candidates as the city’s officials. Its goal: to get corporate interests out of city politics.

Abass Wane, originally from Senegal, Africa, is a volunteer with the organization.  He remembers Senegal for its dictators, but came to America to be free. Once here, he found that the corporations are the dictators. “Basically I am running from whatever that was, coming right back into the lion’s den,” Wane said.

Wane has been canvassing every weekend in the 35th Ward for Carlos Ramirez-Rosa. Ramirez-Rosa, a native Chicagoan, says he wants to improve the neighborhoods of the 35th Ward, which includes Albany Park, Irving Park, Hermosa and Logan Square.

Ramirez-Rosa is challenging incumbent Ald. Rey Colón and Ramirez-Rosa’s message to the voters is simple: “neighborhoods and families first, not big corporations.”

Photo at top: Abass Wane canvases in the 35th ward. (Adam Banicki/Medill)