Ira Cohen

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Ira Cohen

Defending 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.

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]

Progressive Chicago

Ira Cohen, representing Danny K. Davis was among those attending a Progressive Chicago meeting September 29 1993.[2]