Prominent Chatham Organization Throws Its Support behind Richard Wooten for Sixth Ward Alderman

Group to Host Fundraiser on Dr. King’s Birthday at Studio Movie Grill

CHICAGO – Communities Organized to Win (COW) has built a stellar reputation in Chatham and other nearby South Side neighborhoods for bringing people and organizations together to discuss community and politics. The organization’s influence carries some clout in this part of the city.

Today, officials from the organization announced that they are endorsing Richard Wooten for Sixth Ward Alderman and will be hosting an event at the Studio Movie Grill in Chatham on Tuesday, January 15, 2019, which is the birthday of late the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., to raise funds for Wooten. Wooten, a longtime Chicago police officer, President of the Gathering Point Community Council, Pastor and President of The Greater Chatham Alliance has announced his candidacy for alderman of the Sixth Ward. The cost of the event, which runs from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM, is $30, and it includes a nonrefundable ticket to the highly acclaimed movie, “If Beale Street Could Talk.”

Candidate Wooten and others will make a few comments before the movie. After the movie, Wooten will be available to meet with attendees to discuss and answer any questions surrounding the key issues in the Sixth Ward. Studio Movie Grill, also known as Chatham 14 Theater, is located at 210 W. 87th St. in Chicago.

“Communities Organize to Win supports the candidacy of Richard Wooten for alderman of the sixth ward,” said Matthew Brandon, president of COW, who was also a longtime Chicago police officer and former secretary-treasurer of the SEIU’s Local 73. “It is time for change. The existing conditions in the ward have festered for the last eight years, and the residents, with me being one of them, president of Communities Organize to Win, are ready for Wooten, who we believe will take hold of these issues and lead us out of the malaise that the sixth ward is in. “

Wooten, who ran for alderman and state representative in recent years, has established some roots in the ward as head of the alliance, where he serves as president, and as the founder of Gathering Point, which trains citizens how to restore safety and stability on their streets and works to build relations between police and community. His prominence rose when he advocated for reform of the Chicago Police Department. He also helped convene the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to Chicago to investigate the department after tapes surfaced about the fatal police shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. Wooten is seeking to unseat Roderick Sawyer, who was elected in 2011.

COW officials said there are several issues that need to be addressed in the ward, which includes sections of Chatham, Park Manor, Greater Grand Crossing, Auburn Gresham and Englewood. Besides the need for better schools, to reduce crime, to improve streets, traffic and infrastructure, residents also are disappointed that Sawyer has failed addressed the transient population, which is impacted by high rents, the high cost of garbage tax, which is burdening senior citizens, and his inability to retain and attract black-owned businesses.

“We are very passionate about bringing black-owned businesses into the ward, and we have opportunities we have missed,” said Jennifer Edwards, vice president of COW.

January 8, 2019

For Immediate Release:

Media Contact:

Jerry Thomas

(312) 285-5166

Edwards referred to black entrepreneurs who want to bring Culvers and Starbucks into the ward, but their interests are pretty much being ignored, and Sawyer has not been much support. She said he also has failed to help citizens get rebates on security cameras, which would improve safety in the ward. Aldermen for other neighborhoods, such as Lincoln Park, have helped their residents secure incentives and rebates in those wards, she said.

 To secure tickets to the COW Fundraiser for Richard Wooten, visit this link , stop by the box office at Studio Movie Grill, 210 W. 87th St ., or contact Ora Jackson at (773)-673-9199, To arrange an interview with COW officials, contact Jerry Thomas at (312)-285-5166, or

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