Progressive politics bring community activism to City Hall

February 24, 2011

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Author Pierre Clavel says progressive politics helped elect former Mayor Harold Washington.

The heyday of progressive politics was no doubt during the tenure of the late Mayor Harold Washington. Author Pierre Clavel believes that Washington’s ties to progressive groups were in fact the key to his success. Clavel explores the importance of progressive politics in his book, Activists in City Hall: The Progressive Response to the Reagan Era in Boston and Chicago. He’s a professor emeritus in the department of City and Regional Planning at Cornell University. Eight Forty-Eight spoke to Professor Clavel to find out what role progressive politics played in Chicago's recent municipal election.

Nicola Conte, "Forma 2000", from the CD Bossa Per Due, (ESL)