Political conciousness: her words tumble on top of one other. Her hands wave in front of her and then fidget with the patriotic campaign button on her jacket.Her conversation is sprinkled with the catch phrases of a political newcomer. The people need an "advocate" to "represent their voices" and "put the power back in their hands." But, when she discusses her campaign for 50th Ward alderman ALDERMAN. An officer, generally appointed or elected in towns corporate, or cities, possessing various powers in different places.
2. The aldermen of the cities of Pennsylvania, possess all the powers and jurisdictions civil and criminal of justices of the , she reveals an astute as·tute
Having or showing shrewdness and discernment, especially with respect to one's own concerns. See Synonyms at shrewd.
"When I walk around with my two kids, I see things that are broken and need to be fixed. With my experience working in city government and my experience as a civil rights advocate, I know that I'm the best representative for this ward right now," Dolar said. "I never see our alderman out in the neighborhood dealing with the everyday issues. This is my responsibility."
Dolar and her family immigrated to Rogers Park from the Philippines when she was 3. Now 34, Dolar faces a unique prospect in her hometown home·town
The town or city of one's birth, rearing, or main residence.
Noun 1. hometown - the town (or city) where you grew up or where you have your principal residence; "he never went back to his hometown again" neighborhood. If elected, she will become the first Asian American A·sian A·mer·i·can also A·sian-A·mer·i·can
A U.S. citizen or resident of Asian descent. See Usage Note at Amerasian.
A to serve on the Chicago City Council The Chicago City Council is the legislative branch of the government of the City of Chicago in Illinois. It consists of fifty aldermen elected from fifty wards to serve four-year terms. .
Chicago's Asian American population is more than 125,000, or 4.3 percent of the city's 2.9 million residents. Asians represent 6.4 percent of the population in Rogers Park, one of the city's most diverse neighborhoods. Of the other residents, 31.8 percent are white, 20.6 percent are black and 27.8 percent are Hispanic, according to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.
2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. the 2000 U.S. Census.
Dolar is running against Bernard L. Stone, a 30-year incumbent, and Greg Brewer, co-founder of Citizens for Responsible Development. Neither could be reached for comment. Also in the race is activist and information technology consultant Salman Aftab, who is also Asian American.
"Who cares if she's Asian or Hispanic," Aftab said. "I'm Asian, too, but I never mention this." Aftab said he would rather focus on fighting crime and low wages.
Since 2000, Dolar, the former League of Women Voters League of Women Voters, voluntary public service organization of U.S. citizens. Organized in 1920 in Chicago as an outgrowth of the National American Woman Suffrage Association, it had as its original nucleus the leaders of the latter organization. co-president, has been the director of the Asian Advisory Council for the city's Commission on Human Relations human relations npl → relaciones fpl humanas . In that position, she created the City Services The examples and perspective in this article or section may represent an unduly geographically limited view of the subject.
Please [ improve this article] or discuss the issue on the talk page. Awareness survey to raise awareness of city resources for the Asian American community. She also established the city's first Asian American Speakers Bureau and implemented an annual mayoral award, FoundAsian, to recognize key contributions by Asian Americans This page is a list of Asian Americans. Politics
She turns the expertise garnered from those experiences to assist in her grassroots campaign, which acquired national attention in October with an endorsement from the Asian American Action Fund, a progressive political action organization that advances Asian American candidates in various elections by raising funds and national visibility for them.
"She has become so well-attuned to all of the ethnic groups and neighborhoods in Chicago where Asian Americans are involved," said Paul Igasaki The Honorable Paul M. Igasaki is Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Equal Justice Works, a national organization that advances public interest law through fellowships, loan repayment programs, pro bono programs, conferences and other methods. , a board member of the Asian American Action Fund. "She's not only dedicated to Asian Americans but to all other minority groups as well."
Dolar recently sat down with The Chicago Reporter to talk about her life and run for alderman in the 50th ward.
What role did your Filipina identity play in your childhood growing up in Rogers Park?
My family emigrated from the Philippines to the Rogers Park area with $300 in our pocket and rented our first apartment on Devon and Ridge [avenues]. At that time, we experienced lots of struggles that many immigrant families experience--which were basically issues of finding housing, good education, etc.
The social networks of the Filipino community were the most important thing we had growing up here on the North Side. They were the main resource we had. We were completely dependent on friends and family to get information. That's why I believe so strongly now in outreach to the families of this neighborhood and helping them to become a partner with the local government.
As someone with an extensive background in public service, what motivated you to run for office now?
I decided to run for alderman after I got involved with the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights' New Americans Initiative. As a ward leader, I was registering people to vote in the immigrant areas of the neighborhood and I found that people were getting ignored. We would knock on Noun 1. knock on - (rugby) knocking the ball forward while trying to catch it (a foul)
rugby, rugby football, rugger - a form of football played with an oval ball
rugby, rugby football, rugger - a form of football played with an oval ball people's doors and find out that they'd been living there for 15 years and had never seen a precinct captain A precinct captain is the individual who acts as a direct link between the party machine and the voters in the community. The precinct captain helps with voter registrations, meeting new residents of the area or neighborhood, and helping voters get to the voting booths or precincts. or information on their alderman's office. We know, though, that there are people in those precincts pre·cinct
a. A subdivision or district of a city or town under the jurisdiction of or patrolled by a specific unit of its police force.
b. voting. So the people whose doors we're knocking on--they've just never been asked to participate.
I've also seen the decline of our public school system. Residents have lost faith in the public schools here. We used to have people moving into the neighborhood because we had good schools. Now the schools are what drive them away.
We deserve better than what we have now, and I want to be the person to make it better. I want educational roundtables. I want flu shot information. I want stop signs in places where children are in danger. I want to bring back that excitement of possibility, of having the faith in your local representatives that they'll take a stand for your voice.
What appeals to me about being an alderman is that it's the most local contact of government for the people. I want to focus in on neighborhood concerns. There are other people who I think would be better at being a state legislator LEGISLATOR. One who makes laws.
2. In order to make good laws, it is necessary to understand those which are in force; the legislator ought therefore, to be thoroughly imbued with a knowledge of the laws of his country, their advantages and defects; to or a congressperson con·gress·per·son
A congressman or congresswoman. . My children need me to advocate for the local concerns.
What are the most significant challenges that you've faced in your campaign thus far?
Being a woman and being Asian is very difficult. There are a lot of misperceptions about Asian women and motherhood. I have to send a message to the community that running for office is being a good mother, because I'm addressing the needs of my family and other families.
In terms of being Asian American, I have to make that much more effort to prove I'm capable, and that I'm not just going to act on behalf of Asians. That perception is unfair. I'm constantly fighting to show them the powerful parts of what it means to be a woman and an Asian American so they get past what they might see physically. But the bottom line is that I draw my strength and my passion for public service from these two challenges, from identifying as part of these two groups.
How do you garner support from the non-Asian American sectors of your ward?
I have supporters from all different walks of life--from diverse ethnic and religious groups, from the South Asians and the Jewish community, to the elderly and the youth. It doesn't matter what ethnic background they come from; people are receptive receptive /re·cep·tive/ (re-cep´tiv) capable of receiving or of responding to a stimulus. and want a change because they feel that they have been ignored. That crosses ethnic and religious lines.
It's about having a platform that draws upon the challenges and the frustrations and the vision of each subgroup sub·group
1. A distinct group within a group; a subdivision of a group.
2. A subordinate group.
3. Mathematics A group that is a subset of a group.
tr.v. in the neighborhood. I've instituted a Resident's Action and Advisory Committee to act as a vehicle of communication for all the different groups in the neighborhood to continuously advise me to have an informed platform and informed initiatives. The committee is made up of concerned residents. It is multi-ethnic, multi-racial and multi-aged. We meet twice a month to talk about what issues are important to the neighborhood and how my campaign can shed light on them.
How would you describe the Asian American experience today in Chicago?
It's sort of a coming of age right now for the Asian American community--to be in a position to strive for stronger political power. I'm a first generation immigrant The term First generation immigrant may be used to describe either of two  classes of people:
I think that's what's going on What's Going On is a record by American soul singer Marvin Gaye. Released on May 21, 1971 (see 1971 in music), What's Going On reflected the beginning of a new trend in soul music. with many of the Asian American young professionals and public service people. It's our time. It's our time because we are finally a generation that has fully grown up here. We now don't have to face as many barriers--language, perceptions, lack of education--that my parents and others had to face. The community is actively seeking representation.
But part of this coming of age is the fact that there aren't very many role models or examples. People are not sure what kind of leadership to accept. We have to practice.
Dan Strumpf helped research this article.