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    15 Reasons Why Jesus "Chuy" Garcia Is A Real Chicagoan

    Jesus "Chuy" Garcia is running for Mayor of Chicago. One of the biggest differences between him and the current mayor ? Chuy is a real Chicagoan, making him the Mayor for ALL of Chicago.

    1. His children attended Chicago Public Schools

    Garcia's sons are proud CPS graduates.

    2. He works on violence prevention and doesn't just talk about it

    Via enlacechicago.org

    As the founding Executive Director of a community organization in Little Village, Garcia worked to develop a comprehensive approach to youth development and violence prevention. The organization is now recognized in the Chicago metropolitan area for its school-based prevention work, street intervention and advocacy for reform in juvenile justice policy.

    3. He never took a ballet class, like Rahm, but he knows how to step and salsa

    View this video on YouTube

    youtu.be / Via en.wikipedia.org

    If elected, Mayor Garcia will proclaim "Steppin" the official dance of Chicago...Just kidding but you might catch Garcia "gettin' down" on Election Day!

    Chicago-Style Stepping, (also known as Steppin') is an urban dance that originated in Chicago.

    "As a former ballet dancer, let me tell you: For all I’ve done, she (mom) still says, ‘You coulda been a dancer.’ - Rahm Emmanuel.

    Indeed, he should've been a dancer.

    4. He won't pick your pockets

    Via chicagotribune.com

    Garcia is calling for an immediate suspension of the city’s red light camera program.

    "Those cameras that simply provide the city another way to pick our pocket should be shut down immediately."- Jesus Garcia

    5. He’s worked to open schools not close them

    Via cct.org

    The community organization in Little Village, led by Jesus Garcia organized residents in the struggle for a desperately needed new high school in the community that the city had promised, but failed to build. The efforts culminated in success after a 19-day hunger strike held on the site where the state-of-the-art Little Village Lawndale High School would finally open in 2005.

    6. He's not a Hollywood actor

    Via chicagotribune.com

    "Everything the Mayor does is stage-managed. Everything. That is the way he operates, so I'm not going to dispute that,"- Marc Levin Creator and Executive producer of Chicagoland

    7. He’ll have a drink with you, even if you’re not a millionaire

    Via chicagoreader.com

    A look at Rahm Emanuel's calendar shows how wealth and access, far more than party identity or ideology, have come to command the attention of politicians—leaving everyday people out of the conversation. - Mick Dumke, "The Mayor's Millionaire Club, Part II"

    Emanuel pictured with millionaire newly-elected Republican governor, Bruce Rauner

    8. He builds bridges across communities

    Via unitedcongress.org

    Whether as an elected official or a community activist, Garcia has always worked to build unity across ethic and religious lines. As a member on the Executive Council of The United Congress of Community and Religious Organizations, Garcia helped in building the capacity of all of our communities to win together. He shares a vision of deeply-rooted relationships committed to long-term systemic change.

    9. He’s not afraid of a snowstorm

    Via articles.chicagotribune.com

    During last years brutal snowstorm, Emanuel was on vacation in Bali.

    Even Daley knew better.

    It's obvious that as he begins his re-election phase, the mayor of Chicago is so confident that he goes to Indonesia while Chicago freezes and the side streets and alleys hadn't been plowed.- John Kass, "Mayoral tan? Bali Hai Mayor Rahmfather"

    10. He is a real Chicago sports fan and not just when a Chicago team is in the playoffs

    Via nbcchicago.com

    The reelection-seeking Emanuel, a non-sports fan in a fanatical sports town, observed the Blackhawks' winning showdown against the Minnesota Wild with trademark intensity. -Erin Carlson, "Emanuel's Denim Shirt at Blackhawks Game Sparks Twitter Mockery"

    11. He's been a true progressive his whole life, not just around election time

    Via chicagoforchuy.com

    In 1983, Harold Washington was elected mayor which spawned what some see as the golden age of progressive politics in Chicago. Harold named Garcia Water Commissioner and two years later he was elected alderman of the 22nd Ward, an election that would change the balance of power in the City Council.

    12. He wants you to get your medicine

    Via chicagoreader.com

    In 2012 Mayor Rahm Emanuel shut down half of the city's mental health clinics.

    "He didn't hold any hearings before he proposed the closures. He didn't initiate a study or put together a task force. He certainly didn't talk to any mental health patients who would be affected by the cuts." - Ben Joravsky, "Rahm still hasn't told the public why he closed mental health clinics"

    13. He doesn’t have to pretend he’s a tough guy... he actually is

    Via chicagotribune.com

    Emanuel might have pretensions in this area given his tough-guy pose and the knife table stabbing incidents and the theatrical sending of fish to his foes. And I do call him the Rahmfather. But Emanuel isn't really from the streets. Garcia is. And Emanuel knows it. - John Kass, "Jesus 'Chuy' Garcia wants Rahm in the deep waters of an April runoff"

    14. He won’t turn over public land to private interests

    Via chicagotribune.com

    Ok...his nickname is "Chuy" but Garcia's opposed to giving George Lucas space on our precious lakefront to build a 'Star Wars' Museum (Garcia supports the Michael Reese Hospital site in Bronzeville for the museum location) and will always work to keep Chicago's lakefront open, clear and free.

    The museum "would fail to preserve the trust property as a natural resource and as a clear and open space ensuring unrestricted access to Lake Michigan."-federal lawsuit brought by a nonprofit group, Friends of the Parks.

    15. He believes in everyday people

    Artist: Eric Triantafillou

    "There are no great men and women in this world, only great challenges that ordinary people must take on"- Rudy Lozano, slain activist, community organizer and friend to Jesus "Chuy" Garcia.

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