Jeremiah Wright, the black liberation theologian and Pastor Emeritus of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago best known for his fiery denunciation of America and for being President Obama's pastor for over a thousand Sundays will give the keynote speech at a breakfast for the Chicago Teachers Union Wednesday.
Union officials are hoping to create new political power to help them in their efforts against Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Governor Pat Quinn, both Democrats who the CTU sees as hostile to the policy positions of the union.
According to Politico:
In particular, union officials are seeking allies to fight the city’s policy of shutting down low-performing neighborhood schools and opening charter schools, which are publicly funded but privately managed — and often, nonunion.
In 2008, Wright, who married Barack and Michelle Obama, baptized their children, and from whose sermon the President drew the title of his second book, The Audacity of Hope, became a major liability for then Senator Obama's presidential campaign when video of the pastor blaming American for the attacks of September 11. "America's chickens are coming home to roost," Wright declared to his congregation. On another occasion he cried, "Not God Bless America, God Damn America!" He later claimed that the Obama campaign attempted to pay him off to go silent prior to the election.