Anthony Clark

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Anthony V. Clark is a Chicago educator/activist. Director of Suburban Unity Alliance. High school special education teacher, ex US Air Force.

Education

  • 2014: Graduated from Roosevelt University with an M.A. in educational leadership
  • 2011: Graduated from the National Louis University with an M.A. in special education
  • 2009: Graduated from the University of Phoenix with an M.A. in criminal justice
  • 2008: Graduated from Pacific Lutheran University with a B.A. in communications

2020 run against Danny Davis

In June 2019 Anthony Clark held a campaign launch party in suburban Forest Park, Ill. The activist educator is making a second try to oust Rep. Danny K. Davis from Illinois’ 7th Congressional District.

In 2018 Clark won 26 percent of the primary vote in 2018—or, as his supporters say, “almost 30 percent”—to Davis’ 74 percent. The results indicate some discontent with the iconic incumbent, who had never before dipped below 80 percent.

Clark ran in 2018 with the endorsement of three progressive organizations: Brand New Congress, Justice Democrats and the Chicago Democratic Socialists of America (CDSA). Brand New Congress has already announced its 2020 endorsement.

Clark proudly describes himself as a democratic socialist and stresses his political kinship to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and others who challenged establishment Democrats in 2018. Clark’s candidacy is taking shape just as Chicago is experiencing an unprecedented surge of socialism, perhaps an indication of elections to come.

As the Chicago Sun-Times put it following the city’s April elections: “Chicago had experienced the biggest electoral victory for socialists in modern American history. Members of the [CDSA] now control one-tenth of the City Council’s 50 seats.” Chicago also elected its first black lesbian mayor, who was widely regarded as anti-establishment. This new electoral spaciousness has opened the way for a fuller critique of the political status quo.

Davis is perhaps as progressive as any member of Congress and has been endorsed by CDSA in the past. He is a storied Chicago character, revered as part of a long-serving trio of black reps from the city. Although he has long voiced progressive ideas, his constituents increasingly say his congressional output does little in terms of policy.

Danny Davis has been ineffective for some time now,” says Paul Sakol, a long-time Chicagoan and one of the oldest CDSA members at the event. “Oh, sure, he occasionally says the right things, but where is his active voice in the struggle? He seems tired… I’ve been an admirer of Anthony even before he got into politics, so I see him as a natural to succeed Danny.”

Davis faces another challenger, Kina Collins, a gun-control advocate and an organizer with Physicians for a National Health Program, which advocates single-payer healthcare.

Clark, who was once in a hip-hop group himself, The Sons of Sin, had his own DJ team presiding as diverse young people continued crowding into the trendy night spot, including Clark’s former students from Oak Park and River Forest High School. Clark initially gained notice as a teacher with a strong penchant for student advocacy, and his energetic corps of supporters personally praises his influence. But Clark started off the evening crediting his own father, Ronald Clark, Sr., who spoke about the importance of paternal duty, especially as it regards black Americans, on the eve of Father’s Day.

Dima Ali, an immigrant from Iraq, says Clark invited her to speak about Trump’s Muslim ban at a community forum in April 2017. “I have no family here, but Anthony is my brother,” she says.

It was Clark’s vibrant activism that initially made him attractive to groups like Brand New Congress and Justice Democrats, who want to inject a renewed spirit into the party.

“I’ll be honest with you: In 2018, I was nominated,” Clark told the crowd. “I didn’t wake up and say, ‘I want to become a politician.’ I never had those dreams and I still don’t consider myself a politician.

“When the Brand New Congress people approached me, I was hesitant at first, but after I thought about it, I realized, that with all of my work as a teacher and even with my non-profit work, I’m only treating symptoms and I’m still part of the problem.”

Clark says a congressional seat would afford him the ability “to address root causes, policy and legislation to help redress the damage done by a capitalist society based on white supremacy.”

Clark’s policy prescriptions are progressive: Medicare for All, a Green New Deal, abolish ICE, legalize cannabis with racial justice provisions (Illinois will do so in 2020), housing as a human right, a federal jobs guarantee. Then again, so are Davis’.

But Clark faults Davis for failing to “lead and fight” on these issues and others, especially the jobs guarantee, “considering the 7th’s unemployment rate is 2.5 times the national average.”

In response, Ira Cohen, Davis’ communications director, says, “I believe it is fair to say that Rep. Davis is a strong and outspoken leader on these issues in the fullest sense of the word. He works closely with unions, activist groups, state and local progressive legislators, and grassroots organizations on legislative agendas in these areas. Rep. Davis preaches mass struggle and solidarity because he understands, in the end, that is the only path to a truly just society.”[1]

Brand New Congress

In 2020 Anthony Clark was a Brand New Congress endorsed candidate for US Congress in Illinois.

Illinois for Bernie People's Convention

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Northern Illinois Democratic Socialists of America July 15 2019 ·

Dear comrades-

My name is Shana East and I am the lead organizer of the Illinois for Bernie People's Convention taking place in Rosemont, IL on Saturday, July 27th. Similar to the convention we had around the same time back in 2015, this will be a day of networking with fellow Bernie supporters, and an opportunity to have conversations around how to build this grassroots campaign and our movement. There will also be awesome speakers like Brand New Congress endorsed candidate and star of the Netflix hit, 'Knock Down the House,' Cori Bush and DSA endorsed (as well as BNC endorsed) candidate Anthony Clark.

I am a member of Chicago DSA and am extending invites to all the DSA chapters and organizing committees in Illinois. We will have a DSA table there for lit and for members to talk to folks about the organization. If you are interested, I would like to set two spots aside for any delegates you might want to send to represent your chapter. And if there is any way to send a general notice out to your full membership that would be greatly appreciated! For more information about the event, here is our Eventbrite registration page (bit.ly/IL4B-2019-convention) as well as the Facebook event page (https://www.facebook.com/events/611483639370293/).

We really hope you can make it! Feel free to reach out with any questions you may have, or just to learn more.

In Solidarity,

Shana East, Steering Committee Member, Illinois for Bernie.

Justice Democrats

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Anthony Clark was endorsed by Justice Democrats for 2018.

Chicago DSA endorsement

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Chicago Democratic Socialists of America (CDSA) is pleased to announce our endorsement of Anthony Clark, candidate for Congress in the Illinois 7th Congressional District. As a teacher, community organizer, and veteran, Clark has demonstrated a commitment to building a just and equitable society, and combating the power and policies of the political and economic elite that dominates the U.S. today.
Anthony Clark has brought a much-needed spotlight to Chicago’s West Side Communities. In 2016, Clark founded the Suburban Unity Alliance to unite people from Chicago’s diverse suburbs in the fight against all forms of discrimination. He has received local recognition for his community involvement.
Like CDSA, Clark advocates for raising the minimum wage, collective bargaining, and Medicare for All. He also supports the legalization of marijuana. Free access to publicly-funded higher education is a crucial issue for Clark, who sees access to college as a right, not a privilege based on family income. He has promised to work for an end to privatized prison systems, the abolition of prison labor, and the cash bail system.

In light of these positions, we are proud to endorse Democratic Socialist Anthony Clark for Congress.[2] |

Northside DSA

In 2018 Jose Requena ran for Steering Committee of Northside Chicago Democratic Socialists of America.

I helped navigate the 25th Ward IPO elections after some chaotic fall out in the summer of 2017. The 25th Ward IPO has successfully held an endorsement session with candidates running for congress, Attorney General, Cook County Commissioner, Cook County Assessor, and also hosted Representatives from two candidates running for governor. They were also integral in helping start the lift the ban campaign that is informing a lot of work of CDSA South Side.
Effort on my part to have similar success in the 14th Ward did not work out, but I did not remain idle. I joined as a volunteer and became the de-facto campaign manager for the Anthony Clark campaign and successfully managed the messy internal politics within Chicago to ensure he will be on the ballot which has now been confirmed last week. I have stepped down and nominated someone with much more relevant experience to take up the lead and am now a Political Outreach Coordinator for the campaign, a role I would hope to replicate within the DSA Electoral Working Group.[3]

DSA member

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Anthony Clark is a member of Democratic Socialists of America.

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