Lydia C Williams...
Harold Washington for Mayor of Chicago
Circa late 1982, members of the Citizens Committee/Harold Washington for Mayor of Chicago (in formation) included Lydia Williams.
On February 18, the Greater Oak Park DSA branch held a candidates forum for Williams at the home of DSA member Ron Baiman. About 10 people participated including DSA member and Oak Park resident Larry Shapiro, who was Williams' Campaign manager, plus several comrades from the West Suburban branch.
Congressman Danny Davis appeared at the door with Lydia Williams, who had worked for many years with Davis' 29th Ward People's Assembly. Danny Davis gave an eloquent talk on his admiration for DSA and what it stands for and on how he came to back Lydia Williams.
Ms. Williams than began speaking describing her life of activism, which goes back to Martin Luther King and her motivation for running.
- She was tired of electing people who back off of the progressive agenda that got them elected once their in office. A single Mom from Austin who worked her way through Northwestern University, she spoke as one who also knows what personal struggle is about.
Lydia Williams and the Freedom and Peace Party of New York State
There is a Lydia Williams who was a founder and co-chairman of the [[Freedom and Peace Party of New York State== in 1968. It is not known at present if this is the same person.
- ↑ Undated circa late 1982, HWAC Mayoral Campaign Records, Box 5, Folder 1
- ↑ http://www.chicagodsa.org/ngarchive/ng57.html#anchor962546
- ↑ Convention Urges A Minority Party, C. Gerard Fraser, New York Times, June 2, 1968 and Wash. post, June ?, 1968, blurb "New York Groups Form 'Freedom and Peace' Party"