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The Way the Movement Lied 

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To the editors:

Don Rose was wrong ["The Day the Movement Died," December 25]. The movement didn't die with Harold Washington, it committed suicide. And it was a long, painful death that started before Harold died.

It began with big contracts for Rebecca Sive and Marilyn Katz and Art Smith and ended with a $40,000 job for Jacky Grimshaw on the Housing Committee, justified by Dorothy Tillman because "the movement needs her."

Sorry, Dorothy. Sorry, Toto. Sorry, little munchkins. The Wicked Witch isn't dead. She is strong and alive in Chicago's so-called reform movement. Keep your wallets in your inside pockets, men! Hang on to your purses, ladies! Watch out for people who say "keep the dream alive." That's Chicagoese for "gimme a piece of the action, kid."

Francesca O'Brien

N. Sheridan


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