Father Pfleger endorses Pawar for treasurer

Pfleger says city needs Pawar’s public bank proposal

CHICAGO (February 4, 2019)--Reverend and activist Michael Pfleger announced his support for progressive candidate city treasurer candidate Ameya Pawar, citing Pawar’s plan to push for a municipal public bank.

“I am supporting Ameya because he is committed to a public bank that would refinance student loans, finance affordable housing, and invest in communities that have seen decades of disinvestment,” said Father Pfleger. “I look forward to organizing alongside him to get a public bank moving in Chicago.”

“Father Pfleger has devoted his life and ministry to serving marginalized communities, predominately African-American communities on the South and West Sides of Chicago,” said Pawar. “His tenure in pursuit of justice provides him with a deep awareness of the root causes of violence, economic despair, and racial prejudice. His support for our campaign and our idea to bring about a public bank signal we’re fighting for public policy that actually stands up to the challenges of today.”

About Ameya Pawar

Ameya Pawar was first elected alderman in 2011 and was reelected in 2015. He is the first Indian-American and Asian American elected to the Chicago City Council. As alderman, Pawar has focused his legislative efforts around social justice, worker rights, and economic justice, and has led on 12 major pieces of legislation, including tax increment financing reform as well as legislation guaranteeing earned sick time, combatting wage theft, and protecting and preserving affordable housing for Chicago's most vulnerable.

In his ward, Pawar launched GROW47, the City's first comprehensive initiative to link neighborhood schools to their neighborhood high schools. GROW47 is now GROWCommunity, a stand alone non-profit working with schools across the North Side.

In 2014, Pawar authored a textbook on the connections between disaster, poverty and a socially constructed narrative around deserving and undeserving populations.

Pawar has a bachelor's degree in religion and philosophy from Missouri Valley College, a master's degree in public administration from the Illinois Institute of Technology and is a two-time graduate from the University of Chicago with master's degrees in threat and response management and social service administration. Pawar is a US State Department Critical Language Program alum, a 2012 University of Illinois Edgar Fellow, and was named one of Crain's Chicago Business Chicago 40 under 40 in 2011. Most recently, he was named a 2018 McCormick Foundation Executive Fellow. He is currently a Fall 2018 Pritzker Fellow at the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics. Pawar is also the Executive Director of One Illinois, a new non-profit news outlet focused on bridging the divides across race, class and geography in Illinois.

Pawar lives in Chicago’s Lincoln Square neighborhood with his wife, Charna, and their daughter Sigalit and pitbull Baby.