Fresh off the first set of televised debates, several Democratic presidential hopefuls will make appearances in Chicago over the weekend, most at the annual Rainbow PUSH Convention, titled “400 Years Later: Repairing the Damage Done, 1619-2019.”
Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden, Bill de Blasio, and Pete Buttigieg are all confirmed to participate in the convention, which begins Friday, June 28, and goes through Tuesday, July 2. More than 100 elected officials, civic, business, and education leaders are also expected to attend.
“We not only need a new president, we need a new condition,” said Rev. Jesse Jackson, founder and president of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition in a press statement that announced the convention in May. “Everything we’ve fought for over the last 65 years is in peril.”
On Friday former Vice President Joe Biden will appear at the kickoff of the convention at a luncheon at the Chicago Teachers Union hall featuring leaders of several labor unions. The keynote speaker will be Kenneth Rigmaiden, International President of the International Union of Painters & Allied Trades. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is also expected to attend.
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On Saturday, Sen. Elizabeth Warren is scheduled to speak during an international television broadcast from 10am to 12pm at the Apostolic Faith Church on the South Side. Also listed as participating but unconfirmed by organizers at time of publication are Sen. Cory Booker and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.
Sen. Warren will also host a town hall on Friday evening in Chicago at the Auditorium Theatre at Roosevelt University. Doors open at 4:45pm and the event begins at 6:15.
On Monday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio will appear at a breakfast at the Sheraton Grand Chicago in Streeterville along with Illinois Congresswoman Robin Kelly, American Medical Association President Dr. Patrice Harris, and Dr. Niva Lubin-Johnson, president of the National Medical Association. On Tuesday, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg will give the keynote address at a business breakfast at the Sheraton. Mayor Lightfoot will also be in attendance.
Beto O’Rourke and Bernie Sanders are also listed as speakers at a Saturday event but have not been confirmed by organizers.