On Sunday, February 8, 2015, the American Middle East Voter’s Alliance Political Action Committee met with Mayoral Candidate Jesus Chuy Garcia and the Asian American leadership in Chicago and announced its formal endorsement of Jesus Chuy Garcia for Mayor of Chicago.
AMVOTE-PAC’s Chairman, Judge William J. Haddad (Ret.), stated on Sunday that:
“Today, AMVOTE-PAC issued its endorsement of Commissioner Garcia for Mayor of Chicago. He has firmly established a history of ‘inclusion’ by welcoming all minorities to his campaign.”
In addition to the endorsement of Commissioner Garcia, AMVOTE-PAC also endorsed the following Aldermanic for their continuing dedication to minority representation in city government:
Alderman Mike Zalewski in the 23rd Ward
Alderman Patrick O’Connor in the 40th Ward
Alderman Joe Moore in the 49th Ward
Alderman Debra Silverstein in the 50th Ward
Robert Murphy in the 39th Ward
Tony L. Foulkes in the 53rd Ward
AMVOTE is the first Arab-American Political Action Committee in the history of Illinois. AMVOTE PAC is solely committee to state and local politics. Its purpose is to support candidates who show a commitment to equal community opportunities in Business, Employment, Commerce, Education, and Civil Rights without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, age, sexual orientation, or gender. AMVOTE PAC was formed to promote candidates and issues in Illinois.
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Ray Hanania is an award winning political and humor columnist who analyzes American and Middle East politics, and life in general. He is an author of several books.
Hanania covered Chicago Politics and Chicago City Hall from 1976 through 1992. He began writing in 1975 publishing The Middle Eastern Voice newspaper in Chicago (1975-1977). He later published “The National Arab American Times” newspaper (2004-2007).
Hanania writes weekly columns on Middle East and American Arab issues as Special US Correspondent for the Arab News ArabNews.com, at TheArabDailyNews.com, and at SuburbanChicagoland.com. He has published weekly columns in the Jerusalem Post newspaper, YNetNews.com, Newsday, the Orlando Sentinel, Houston Chronical, and Arlington Heights Daily Herald.
Hanania is the recipient of four (4) Chicago Headline Club “Peter Lisagor Awards” for Column writing. In November 2006, he was named “Best Ethnic American Columnist” by the New American Media. In 2009, Hanania received the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. He is the recipient of the MT Mehdi Courage in Journalism Award. He was honored for his writing skills with two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild. In 1990, Hanania was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times editors for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada.
His writings have also been honored by two national Awards from ADC for his writing, and from the National Arab American Journalists Association.
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