Miguel Del Valle

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Miguel Del Valle


Miguel del Valle is Chicago City Clerk.

DSA support

DSA News Jan. 1986, page 1

In 1986, Chicago Democratic Socialists of America members, were involved in supporting Miguelle Del Valle's bid for State Senate for the 5th District.[1]

DSA 1986 endorsement

The Chicago Democratic Socialists of America PAC endorsed four candidates in the 1990 Democratic primary election, two of whom won: Miguel del Valle won reelection as the Democratic candidate to the State Senate from the 4th Senate District and David Orr won the Democratic nomination for County Clerk.[2]

New Directions

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DSA 1990 endorsement

Democratic left, April/May 1990, page 2

Chicago Democratic Socialists of America endorsed del Valle again in 1990.

Immigration activism

On August 31, 1996, several Illinois Latino political leaders including State Senators Miguel del Valle, Jesus Garcia, and Congressman Luis Gutierrez and Alderman Rick Munoz held a press conference in Chicago to condemn, what they determined was "bad faith" on the part of the INS, over immigration raids, and citizenship applications.[3]

First meeting with Obama

Miguel Del Valle Miguel told the 2008 Democratic Party convention of his first meeting with Barack Obama-through Democratic Socialists of America member Lou Pardo[4];

I first heard of Barack back in 1992. The year 1992 was a little like 2008. Then, as now, we needed to save the country from the misguided policies of a president named Bush. I was working with my old friend, Lou Pardo, a retired machinist, on an effort to register Latino voters in Chicago. One day, we were talking about how we could reach more voters and cover more ground, but we needed more resources. Lou told me we should go see Barack Obama, who was directing a voter-registration drive called Project Vote. So Lou met with Barack and, without missing a beat, Barack Obama helped us out. Barack Obama made sure that the thousands of Latinos in Chicago were registered to vote. He helped empower the Latino community and ensure that we were full participants in our democracy.

Progressive Chicago

A Progressive Chicago report to Keith Kelleher, dated October 27, 1993 listed several more contacts and potential members of the organization.

It stated that Alderman Joe Moore had agreed to participate and that State senator Alice Palmer was interested and was awaiting a call from Peter McClennon.

Members had been allocated people to contact;

Others targeted for contact, but not assigned, included Clem Balanoff, Sue Purrington of NOW, Jane Ramsey at JCUA, Erlean Collins, Westside Black elected officials and PUSH, TWO and Joe Gardner's Project Hope.[5]

Friends of Alice Palmer

In the mid 1990s Hon. Miguel del Valle was listed[6]as a member of Friends of Alice Palmer (in formation), alonside Danny K Davis, Tony Rezko, Timuel Black and Barack Obama[7].

Working with Obama

While both Illinois State Senators, Miguel Del Valle and Barack Obama, plus Rep. Mary Flowers worked closely together with ACORN representative April Troope.

According to the Chicago Defender February 13 2002;

Joined by three state elected officials, Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) leaders Tuesday called for the passage of energy assistance legislation they say will help the poor pay their heating bills.
During a press conference held outside of the James R. Thompson Center, Rep. Mary Flowers (D-21st), Sens. Barack Obama (D-13th) and Miguel del Valle (D-5th) along with ACORN member April Troope, urged legislators to approve Senate Bills 2240 and 2180 and House Bill 668.
The Flowers and Del Valle bill (HR 668) calls on President Bush to release the $600 million in emergency Low-Income Home Energy Assistance (LIHEAP) funds that are already appropriated by the U.S. government for heating crisis...
Senate Bill 2180 (Del Valle's) increases eligibility for LIHEAP from about $26,000 for a family of four to about $37,000 (from 150 percent of the federal poverty level to 60 percent of the state median income).
Obama's bill, SB 2240, increases the state's allocation to LIHEAP by about $10 million...
"I recognize that we are in a budget crunch right now and allocating an additional $10 million may seem inappropriate at this time, but there is a rationale as to why we need to transfer this money," Obama said.

New Party

In 1995 the radical Chicago New Party signed up Barack Obama, Lou Pardo, Alice Palmer and one of Miguel Del Valle's key supporters, Willie Delgado[8].

According to Committees of Correspondence leader and New Party activist Carl Davidson;

In the next two elections in the city -... the New Party has taken a slightly different approach. It organized a citywide candidates forum and invited a number of progressive candidates. Of those responding, two were of special interest, Alice Palmer and Willie Delgado. Alice Palmer is an Illinois state senator and Willie Delgado is an activist with an anti-Machine coalition of Latinos led by State Senator Miguel Del Valle.
Both of these campaigns have strong local organizations that run as Democrats but are consistently opposed by the regular Democrats. Both are rooted in working-class communities with a large percentage of labor and left activists in their organizational structures. Alice Palmer especially has a long history with the African American left. Lou Pardo, a labor leader and New Party activist, is a strategist and organizer for Delgado.
Both Palmer and Delgado attended the forum and were thoroughly questioned by 70 or so New Party members. At the close, both publicly signed a "contract" with the New Party... Two weeks later, the New Party formally endorsed them and is now mobilizing support.

Debs Dinners

Carole Travis and Miguel Del Valle, 2001 dinner

Miguelle Del Valle has featured at at least two of Chicago Democratic Socialists of America annual awards dinners.

Chicago Democratic Socialists of America's 36th Annual Debs - Thomas - Harrington Dinner was held on May 14, 1994, at the Congress Hotel in Chicago. Danny K. Davis was the Master of Ceremonies. Miguel Del Valle presented the Award to Lou Pardo.Carl Shier presented the award to Carole Travis. Barbara Ehrenreich provided the Dinner Address.

The 2001 Debs - Thomas - Harrington Dinner was held Friday, May 4th at the Holiday Inn Mart Plaza in Chicago. The honorees were Kim Bobo and Henry Bayer. The featured speaker was Miguel Del Valle. The MC for the evening was Carole Travis[9].

Supporting Obama in 2004 U.S. Senate campaign

While outside the Democratic Party mainstream, Barack Obama was able to win his 2004 U.S. senate race by stitching together a coalition of socialist/communist dominated unions and "community organisations".

Obama has also received the backing of several independent Latino elected officials led by State Sen. Miguel del Valle, Rep. Cynthia Soto and Alderman Ray Colon. Alderman Joe Moore also backed Obama, as did USAction leader William McNary.

From the From the Communist Party USA paper Peoples Weekly World February 28th 2004;

The race for the Democratic nomination for the open U.S. Senate seat in Illinois has boiled down to a three-person race, according to polls. Millionaire Blair Hull has a slight lead after pouring $18 million of his own money into an advertising blitz. State Sen. Barak Obama and State Controller Dan Hynes trail him, with a large undecided vote remaining. The primary will be held March 16.
Of all the candidates, Obama can boast the most diverse support. While Hynes has the backing of the state AFL-CIO and the bulk of the Democratic machine, Obama has the support of several key unions including the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees; Service Employees; Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees; the state American Federation of Teachers; Chicago Teachers Union and Teamsters Local 705, the second largest in the country. Obama has a 90 percent voting record on labor issues in the Illinois Senate.
In addition to widespread support in the African American community, Obama has also received the backing of several independent Latino elected officials led by State Sen. Miguel del Valle, Rep. Cynthia Soto and Alderman Ray Colon. Alderman Joe Moore from the North Side is also backing him.

Obama endorsement

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When Miguel Del Valle won the Chicago County Clerk's job in 2006-the second most powerful job in the city-Barack Obama was there in support[10].

"I am thrilled that Miguel Del Valle is now our City Clerk and I can think of nobody better to serve out a full term than Miguel Del Valle." U.S. Senator Barack Obama.

References

  1. Democratic Left, March/April 1986, 12
  2. DEMOCRATIC: LEFT MAY-JUNE 1990, page 8
  3. PWW, August 31, 1996, page 8
  4. http://www.reuters.com/article/idUS33359+26-Aug-2008+PRN20080826
  5. Progressive chicago report to K Kelleher October 27, 1993
  6. Undated Friends of Alice Palmer membership list. Harold Washington papers
  7. Undated Friends of Alice Palmer membership list. Harold Washington papers
  8. http://web.archive.org/web/20010528042749/http://www.cofc.org/Publications/d12.htm#Independent%20electoral%20politics%20today:
  9. http://www.chicagodsa.org/d2001.html
  10. http://www.myspace.com/migueldelvalle