Paul Sakol was, in 2016, a member of Chicago Democratic Socialists of America.
Democratic Socialists of America Unity
West Cook Chicago Democratic Socialists of America with Ron Baiman November 2019.
Backing Anthony Clark
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 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.
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.”