Socialist Salon with Zerlina Smith

Come join us and fellow activists as we organize our way to a socialist party. This month’s guest is Zerlina Smith, an Austin community leader and independent grassroots candidate running for the Chicago City Council in the 29th Ward.

Zerlina Smith is a long-time South-Austin resident with deep ties to the local community​. She has been fighting for justice as an activist her whole life, because she believes that the people should have the power to make decisions for their own communities. Her earliest inspiration was her grandmother, Cora Smith, who organized from CHA public housing to fight for community resources and housing rights. Activism and the fight for justice are her legacy​, and she is ready to bring people together to fight for the West side of Chicago,IL.

A single mother of a 8-year-old, Ms. Smith wears many hats in the community. She relates to the importance and struggle for strong, public schools​ and has been active in the fight for quality education through parent organizing, now Newly Elected Chairman of the Illinois State Green Party, former Chairman of Maria Saucedo Scholastic Academy LSC, Parent leader of Action Now , Board member of Raise your Hand, Board member and Treasurer of the West Garfield Community Stakeholders Federal Coalition ,Former Chairman of the Head Start Policy Committee for CPS and DCFS, former Secretary of Columbus Park advisory committee, Chair of the West side Democracy for America Accountability Chapter and Former Alderman Candidate for the 29th Ward 2015 race in Chicago IL. Zerlina Smith is the founder of In Crease the Harvest Inc 501c3. That Is a Not-for-Profit and Civic organization, Community Outreach for State Representative La Shawn Ford 8th District part time job, Former IL State Coordinator for the Jill Stein presidential campaign. Everything that Miss Smith campaign on she is now breathing life into and continuing to do prior to being a former candidate to represent the people. Her activism shines through her work as a leader in her community and throughout the City ,State and is helping to lead the fight for a living wage of $15/hr​. Zerlina is a pro-community, pro-labor and equal rights for all . Ms.Smith recognizes that in order for us to overcome poverty we have to fight together​.

Ms. Smith believes that our skills, our pride and our ingenuity have built this city​ and that WE KEEP CHICAGO RUNNING​. It’s time that we are recognized for it and end the poverty wages, lack of strong public education, and lack of resources that have kept our community from prospering. It’s time for working families to take charge and take back Chicago.​ It’s time for a Leader who is built by the people, and stands with the people to work together to create progressive change.

“ Zerlina A. Smith Believe ”
Ms. Smith stands for:
Economic Justice​ – An end to TIF subsidies and a Chicago Living Wage of $15/hr
Housing Development​ – Community control of development, additional affordable housing
Public Health​ – Reopen the neighborhood mental health clinics
Public Education​ – An elected, representative school board, fully funded neighborhood public
Environmental Justice​ – Green jobs, cleaner neighborhoods, and a transition to a green Chicago