The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

A Working Class Campaign in Chicago

Jan 5, 2015

On December 3rd, the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners announced that Ed Hershey will appear on the ballot for alderman of Chicago’s 25th ward.

Chicago is holding city-wide elections on February 24, including elections for mayor and for fifty aldermen, representing different parts of the city on the city council.

He turned in over a thousand validated signatures, over twice what was required. In fact, his supporters had collected quite a few more than that. Some couldn’t be validated because of illegible signatures, some may have moved, some may never have registered. Some maybe were afraid to put their name down. In any case, the campaigners talked to several thousands of people in their efforts to put Ed on the ballot.

The following is the statement his campaign released about his candidacy:

A Teacher for 25th Ward Alderman

Ed Hershey has taught in Chicago schools for nine years. He watched Mayors Daley and Emanuel take money from the schools in poor neighborhoods, funneling millions into corporate profit. He is outraged that young working class people are being deprived of a future and a decent education.

He was a leader at his school in the 2012 teachers strike. And he has been active with parents and students trying to stop school closings.

No one person alone can change these disastrous policies. The attacks in Chicago on working people and their children are part of a bigger attack carried out around the country against the whole working class.

But the working people of Chicago could get a fight going against these policies that could spread to other cities. And there is money enough in Chicago to deal immediately with many of our problems. But that money is hoarded by some of the biggest capitalists in the world, the wealthy class the mayor and aldermen serve.

Ed wants to see the wealth that working people produce be spent on the needs of the whole population: for jobs and a comfortable income for everyone, for public services that serve everyone, and for public spending to solve housing shortages and for schools that educate every child. He knows it will take a fight of the whole working class to get those things.

That Is Why He Stands for a Working Class Fight Based on a Working Class Policy!

For more information on Ed Hershey’s candidacy, you can check out the independent website,