About Madeline

Madeline Talbott is a community organizer in the Chicago area. As lead organizer of Action Now, an organization of working families, she has fought predatory lending; worked to negotiate loan modifications for families who face foreclosure; convened a coalition of community organizations, higher ed institutions, school districts and schools to create the Grow Your Own Teachers program; supported quality and affordable healthcare for all, helped to raise the Illinois minimum wage, and worked for safe communities.  Here’s what she has to say about herself:

I am a community organizer, mother of two, caretaker for another, wife, 58 years old.

I come of Irish stock, Catholic, my dad was a Colonel in the Army, died Dec. 30, 2007 with me holding his hand. He served in three wars: World War II, Korea and Vietnam. He was gentle, funny, kind and generous. Peace-loving too, but willing to serve.

My mother is a housewife, tough and smart, 91 years old, doesn’t take anything off of anybody. She and Dad were from central Kentucky towns, raised their four children on army posts, air force bases and in towns across the continent.

I have a sister and brother who are college professors, another brother who writes books, and I love them all.

I have a three daughters who are currently working in community and labor organizing.

I live in an apartment in the Albany Park neighborhood of Chicago.

I believe in justice, civil disobedience when necessary, direct action (which means confronting the decision makers directly and ask them to change). I feel that in the struggle for justice we create meaning, develop relationships that last and learn about ourselves.

I generally like people, find humor in almost anything, and love Jane Austen, Henry David Thoreau, Bruce Springsteen, Motown and action, romance and quirky movies.

This blog is a way to beginning a public conversation about my work and that of my friends and allies. It was begun as a response to the silly and libelous anti-Barack Obama ads put out by John McCain mentioning my name, but it may continue as a place for dialogue to figure out joint solutions to difficult community problems. Looking forward to your comments.

4 Responses to About Madeline

  1. Judy Foley says:

    anyone who likes Jane Austen and Motown can’t be that bad! I have known Madeline for about 11 years—her sister-in-law—and as a relative newcomer to the family can say she is thoughtful, smart, funny, brave and unflappable. If McCain’s smear ads cause you to question Obama and his relationship with Chicago’s community organizers, get the facts!!! This is IMPORTANT—take a few minutes to do the work of reading what’s behind this–start with the links on this blog, and then do your own homework. I believe you’ll find the same scare tactics that have been used for the last 8 years to promote the Republican agenda. We can think for ourselves this time.

  2. Kate Sims says:

    McCain attended an ACORN rally is 2006! Here’s the text from http://www.dailykos.com:

    Miami, Florida – February 20, 2006 ― Leaders from a diverse array of sectors will hold a rally in Miami on Thursday, February 23, 2006, in support of comprehensive immigration reform in an effort to keep immigration reform at the forefront of the public debate. Leaders from both political parties, immigrant communities, labor, business, and religious organizations will gather to call on Washington to enact workable reform.

    The rally will feature Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) as the headline speaker along with elected officials, immigrants and key local and national leaders. Sen. McCain is one of the chief sponsors of the Secure America and Orderly Immigration Act; bipartisan, comprehensive immigration reform legislation introduced last Congress and scheduled for consideration by the Senate in the coming weeks. A similar rally with Sen. McCain is planned for New York City on February 27 […]

    The rally in Miami is being sponsored by the New American Opportunity campaign (NAOC) in partnership with ACORN, Catholic Legal Services – Archdiocese of Miami, Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center, Florida Immigrant Coalition, Miami Dade College, People for the American Way/Mi Familia Vota en Acción, Service Employees International Union, and UNITE HERE.

    (they also have a picture of McCain from the event! go to the website and scroll down to “McCain attended ACORN rally”)

  3. Hi Madeline

    What a hoot…Who woulda thunk it–you, Barack and ACORN causing world collapse. Goodness, what did you do AFTER lunch?

    I love your response, and will spread it far and wide.


  4. M.Teresa says:

    Hi Madeline,

    Keep on with the ministry of justice for all !


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