Councilman Madison has signed the petition, please add your name to the list. Former U.S. Congressman and Ohio leader Louis Stokes sent the following email to supporters of Ed FitzGerald:
I was raised in the first housing projects in Cleveland, and went on to serve our country in WWII, and then as the first African American elected to Congress from Ohio. I was afforded those opportunities because my mother had left the south years earlier in search of a better life, and found it as a domestic worker making $8 a day.
We both witnessed the punishing struggle for equal rights, but I’ve lived the political and economic mobility of its success.
Neither would have been possible without Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who I first met in 1965. He was traveling around Cleveland registering voters from the back of a flatbed truck. He’d say that we must vote, because Southern blacks couldn’t. And fresh in our minds was the memory of the three boys killed for registering voters in Mississippi the year before.
In an election that will be as close as this one, every call made, every event attended, and every door knocked on makes a difference. That's why on Thursday, January 30th, we're kicking off our grassroots volunteer training - to make sure our organizing is as effective as possible. Such training will help us maximize our scarcest resource: time.
Trainings like the one on January 30th help us act as better advocates for the progress we are seeking in the 55th District. When it's all over, you'll be campaign ready. You'll also meet some great people from your area who are just as dedicated to building a better District for all residents.