Sam Ackerman

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Sam Ackerman

IVI-IPO Activist

In June 1980, Sam Ackerman stood as a candidate for the position of at large Delegate to the Board at the Annual Convention of the Independent Voters of Illinois-Independent Precinct Organization.[1]

In 1981 Sam Ackerman was a Committee Chairperson for National Affairs of Independent Voters of Illinois-Independent Precinct Organization[2].

Salute to Harold Washington

On April 6, 1983, the Hyde Park Herald published an endorsement from the Hyde Park/Kenwood Citizens Committee of Democratic Party Chicago mayoral candidate Harold Washington. Signatories to the endorsement included Sam Ackerman and Martha Ackerman.[3]

Progressive Chicago

Sam Ackerman was among those attending a Progressive Chicago meeting November 17 1993.[4]

Illinois Public Action

In 1995 Sam Ackerman was a member of the board of directors[5]of Illinois Public Action.

Supporting Obama

During Barack Obama's 1995 illinois state senate run, Alice Palmer asked several people to hold fund-raising coffees for Obama. At her suggestion, Sam Ackerman and Martha Ackerman, who were leaders of Independent Voters of Illinois, hosted a coffee at their home. The Ackerman's insisted on a meeting with Obama before backing him, and their support was important enough for him to spend an hour with them in their dining room, submitting to an interview[6]. Their reaction to him was a common one. “I don’t think he said he wanted to run for President, but he indicated that he was into public service for the long haul,” said Martha Ackerman. “I remember very clearly I said to Sam, ‘If this guy is for real, he could be the first African-American President of the United States.’ ”

Citizen Action of Illinois

In 1997 Sam Ackerman served on the board of directors of Citizen Action of Illinois.[7]

Free Mumia Abu-Jamal

In 2008 Sam Ackerman, Social Justice Activist, Chicago, IL signed a statement circulated by the Partisan Defense Committee calling for the release of convicted “cop-killer” Mumia Abu-Jamal.[8]


  1. IVI-IPO Annual Convention Poster
  2. IVI-IPO Letterhead July 23 1981
  3. Hyde Park Herald April 6, 1983, page 8
  4. PC Sign-in sheet 11.17.93
  5. IPA 20th Anniversary Dinner leaflet
  7. Citizen Action of Illinois B.O.D. list
  8. Signers of Campaign to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal, Now