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Fri Mar 13, 2015, 08:20 AM

After Rahm Emanuel’s Alleged Explosion, Mental Health Activists Demand Respect


(In These Times) A week after coming face-to-face with what activists say is Rahm Emanuel’s crueler, more aggressive side, advocates from Chicago’s Mental Health Movement gathered at City Hall demanding “respect” from the mayor.

On March 3, Mental Health Movement members Debbie Delgado and Matt Ginsberg-Jaeckle confronted Emanuel during a neighborhood campaign stop in Wicker Park. Delgado stood up in front of the gathered audience and related her experience with the Northwest Mental Health Clinic. After losing one son to gun violence, she and her other son received what Delgado described as invaluable support at the city clinic, which closed in 2012. Ginsberg-Jaeckle filmed the encounter.

While Delgado told part of her story, she and Ginsberg-Jaeckle were nearly escorted out of the meeting by the mayor's staff. Mayor Emanuel began responding by saying that “to govern is to choose” and quickly pivoted to speak about neighborhood playgrounds. Later in the meeting, he referenced his own congressional actions on mental health parity but never publically addressed the clinic closures.

After the public meeting, Emanuel spoke with Delgado and Ginsberg-Jaeckle in a brief, closed-door meeting. Ginsberg-Jaeckle described what happened next.

“He started getting angry, his voice was completely different. He said, ‘You guys were clowning around in there. Now we can get to the real issue!’ I said we didn’t consider this clowning around,” he said. “We’ve lost people that we’re close to because of these closures. He got about an inch away from my face, shouted three times: ‘You’re gonna respect me!’ ” The incident came only days after the Emanuel campaign rolled out an ad trying to soften the mayor's image, showing him speaking in a soothing voice and admitting that he can “rub people the wrong way or talk when I should listen.” ................(more)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/17731/mental_health_activists_rahm_emanuel




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Jefferson23 Mar 2015 #1
ladjf Mar 2015 #2
Myrina Mar 2015 #3
rhett o rick Mar 2015 #4
Hell Hath No Fury Mar 2015 #5
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Response to marmar (Original post)

Fri Mar 13, 2015, 08:24 AM

1. When was Rahm not an asshole? n/t

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Fri Mar 13, 2015, 08:29 AM

2. Chicago urgently needs to get rid of Emanuel. nt

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Fri Mar 13, 2015, 08:38 AM

3. He considers everyone else 'clowns' and 'retards' and distractions from the 'real issue' ...

... when I think it's Rahm himself who is the clown that doesn't possess an understanding of the 'real issues' that voters are concerned with. Total disconnected narcissist.

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Fri Mar 13, 2015, 10:30 AM

4. Rahm belongs to the Conservative Wing of the Party. nm

 

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Response to rhett o rick (Reply #4)

Fri Mar 13, 2015, 10:37 AM

5. Rahm belongs out of the Party, period.

 

He's a sack of shit.

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Response to Hell Hath No Fury (Reply #5)

Fri Mar 13, 2015, 10:39 AM

6. My point is that Rahm isn't alone. The Party has two distinct factions, although

 

some are in denial about it. The two factions are vying for control of the Party. Rahm is a great example of one such Wing.

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Fri Mar 13, 2015, 10:40 AM

7. What a swell guy.

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