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Laborers, activists, politicians join Gardner on march for jobs

Updated: September 30, 2012 4:30PM

About 1,000 people joined Ed Gardner for his march for jobs Sunday afternoon, in a protest calling for more African Americans on construction jobs.

The march began on Western Avenue between 92nd and 95th streets. Marchers included laborers, politicians, businessmen, civil rights leaders and community activists. Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) former U.S. Sen. Roland Burris and John W. Rogers Jr., chairman, CEO and chief investment officer of Ariel Investments, took part.

“It is important, and Mr. Gardner is so right, that we need to have jobs in our community,” Rogers said. “So many jobs have been lost. We’ve got to find a way to provide jobs for our young men.”

Gardner, 87, is the founder of the iconic Soft Sheen Hair Products Inc. and the Black-on-Black Love Campaign. Last week, he was driving west of Halsted on 95th Street and noticed that the streets were being torn up.

“Not one black employee is working,” he said last week.

Gardner called for 10,000 people to show up for the rally at 95th and Western.

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