[The 90s Election Specials raw: Braun at Operation PUSH]

Footage for The 90's Election Specials. In this tape, videomaker Andrew Jones continues to cover South Side politics, visiting the Third Baptist Church, going to a Carol Moseley Braun event at Operation PUSH, and attempting to visit the campaign headquarters of Mel Reynolds.

00:00Copy video clip URL The tape opens outside the Third Baptist Church, on Chicago’s South Side, shots of the exterior.

01:10Copy video clip URL Jones asks the reverend of the church, Elmer Fowler, why he allowed a rally for Gus Savage in the church (this rally, at which Gus Savage made several controversial and antisemitic comments, is covered on another tape). Fowler says that they wanted to allow different viewpoints in the church. The reverend denies any connection to politics, but wants to encourage voting in the community. Since the rally, he says, the church has agreed that no more political rallies will be held there: “It’s not a place where people should talk derogatory about somebody else.”

03:17Copy video clip URL In the car, the radio gives the latest on the polls, notably that Braun is now second in the Senate race, ahead of Al Hofeld. The radio broadcasts an interview with Braun, and also reports on the Hayes-Rush race.

08:20Copy video clip URL Cuts to a speech by Carol Moseley Braun at an Operation PUSH event focused on women. Jones begins taping near the end of her speech, after which the audience chants “We want Carol!” Other women speak about the importance of volunteering and voting. The event ends with a prayer.

16:29Copy video clip URL Jones approaches Braun for an interview, but she is distracted by people wanting to shake her hand, get autographs and generally express their support.

21:27Copy video clip URL Jones asks Braun why she is running this year, and she says that this year the Senate has been especially flawed. She doesn’t think that she is working specifically for black politics, but has been supported across the board.  “Race-based politics don’t serve anybody’s interests.” The background noise is very loud.

26:51Copy video clip URL Tape cuts, Jones asks Braun about former Chicago Mayor Harold Washington, with whom she worked early in her career. Braun also says she has not endorsed a presidential candidate.

29:39Copy video clip URL The tape cuts to outside Mel Reynolds’ campaign headquarters, where Jones is told he needs to make an appointment to be able before he can be allowed inside. Reynolds exits the building before the tape cuts.

32:13Copy video clip URL End of tape.

 

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