As to what Chicago women should do/should worry about/should scream and holler about, now that Rahm is to be our mayor, well, as the proverbial expression goes: there's good news and there's bad news.
At the outset of this campaign, I wrote "Rahmbo, Rahmno: The Case for a Woman to Replace Mayor Daley." Here is a bit of what I said:
Black, brown or white, most of the Chicago families suffering in poverty are woman-headed families.
Black, brown, or white, most of the Chicago families, whose children are getting killed, are woman-headed families.
Black, brown, or white, most of the Chicago families who are homeless are woman-headed families.
Black, brown, or white, most of the Chicago families who can't find an affordable apartment in a safe neighborhood are woman-headed families.
Black, brown, or white, most of the Chicagoans who can't find jobs, who also have children to feed, clothe, and get to school every day, are women.
Black, brown or white, most of the Chicago families, desperate for change they can believe in, are woman-headed families.
Well, now that a woman won't (be our mayor), it's time for RahmYes, but only under certain conditions.
Here is what I think RahmYes needs to look like.
And while you didn't ask which news you'd prefer to hear first, since it's probably good to end this call-to-action on a positive note, I'm starting with the bad news.
Here's that hit list, the top-five list of hits Chicago women will take if we don't organize, pronto:
If the neighborhoods just supply low-cost service workers, that will do, thank you very much.
Indeed, that Rahm would maintain Chicago as the global city Mayor Daley asserts it has become was one of the main arguments I heard, from the very September git-go, for electing Rahm.
On a day-to-day basis, this downtown agenda means TIF money downtown; more good elementary schools near downtown (that, not-so-incidentally, pull good students away from neighborhood schools; whatever); more infrastructure improvements that connect Chicago to the world: Hello O'Hare expansion, say.
Downtown's agenda also means lots of mayoral foreign travel to woo foreign business to downtown, instead of mayoral travel to Chicago's neighborhoods. For, after all, there are only so many hours in the day, even for early riser, apparently indefatigable Mayor Rahm.
This is a greatest hits list, in the positive sense, for those of us who have good downtown jobs, and/or live near downtown, or who would like to send our children to good, nearby schools, (but don't have the clout to get them into the good ones that presently exist). But, it's the proverbial hit-list for the majority of needy Chicagoans, the hundreds of thousands of Chicago families, mostly headed by women, who live west of Ashland Avenue, or south of Roosevelt Road, or north of Irving Park Road.
Notwithstanding, I promised good news. Here it is, also in a top-five greatest hits version.
Indeed, we can ask Mayor Rahm, also whenever and as often as needed, to advocate on behalf of all of America's urban women, on behalf of the millions and millions of them who need all the presidential help they can get right about now.
Chicago women can develop the federal policies benefiting America's women; we just have to propose them to our mayor; and, if needed, push him to tell the president all about them. Bingo, bingo, bingo; this is fantastic; this is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
These Chicago women, all Chicago women, just need to unite across the (very same) neighborhood, race, class and ethnic lines Chicago women united across in this recent election to elect this man, this new mayor of ours.
Time to unite to help our own selves.
Time to spend our capital. For if not now, when? For if not us, who?
This women's capital should be spent now, too.
In light of all this news, RahmYes means just this, Rahm: show us, the women of Chicago, the money, and two, show us, the women of Chicago, the love. Otherwise, you really will be a one-term mayor.
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