Well, it worked like it was supposed to work: the mayor’s appointed stooges on the “Board of Education” voted to close 50 Chicago public schools to make way for corporate charter reform schools. Never mind that communities barely held together will lose their lifelines, never mind that violence is almost guaranteed to increase (as it did when Duncan shuttered schools), and never mind that many professional teachers will be replaced by uncertified white corporate missionaries.
But Mayor Rahm must accept the political repercussions for his callous acts. Today starts the Voter Registration Drive in Chicago to make sure public school dictatorship ends there and that Rahm is sent back to Washington to become an official corporate lobbyist, rather than one on the public dole pretending to act in the public interest. From NPR in Chicago:
… . The fight over school closings is part of a political showdown that began earlier in the school year when teachers went on strike for the first time in 25 years. This week, Mayor Emanuel said he was standing firm on the school closings: “I will absorb the political consequence so our children have a better future.”
The Chicago Teachers Union backs lawsuits filed by parents to block the closings, arguing that they disproportionately affect African-American students and harm special education students.
The school board in Chicago is appointed by the mayor, and teachers union President Karen Lewis said the fight must eventually move to the ballot box.
“Our next plan is to have to change the governance of CPS [Chicago Public Schools],” she said. “Clearly this kind of cowboy-mentality, mayoral control is out of control. We’re starting our deputy registration, and we will be registering voters across the city.”
Their goal is to push the mayor and others who backed the school closings out of office, and to gather support for an elected school board.
our already-damaged infrastructure is being kicked into lake michigan by rahm and his buds.
and it is killing us as a city. it is killing Black and brown children especially.
Gas Rag is one of my favorite current Chicago bands.
This is also extremely relevant because this years RIOT FEST line up was just announced and like every other year it’s a pile of garbage with old washed up has bens trying to re-live the glory days or cash in. This fest has even gone to extreme measures to stop DIY punk from “competing” with them. It goes aginst everything I know and love. It’s shit and it can not be helped. DIY for life. Gas Rag gets it(via chicago-diy)
April 14, 2012
Broken Prayer (Record release show)
Dec. 14, 2012
Chicago is having a busy, revolutionary day today. From worker walkouts due to the terrible working conditions in the service-industry sector to this:
HAPPENING NOW! Hundeds of Chicago Public School students walk-out of testing day in protest of over-testing and the impending mass school closures to happen the beginning of next school year.
Chicago fast food, retail workers strike today - workers walk out at some McDonald’s, Dunkin’ Donuts, Macy’s in push for higher wages, union
April 24, 2013
Community organizers said they expect hundreds of fast food and retail workers in Chicago to walk off the job Wednesday in a campaign to push for higher wages.
The Fight for $15 campaign, named for its goal of securing $15 an hour for workers, said it expects McDonald’s, Subway, Dunkin Donuts, Macy’s, Sears and Victoria’s Secret store in the Loop and Magnificent Mile to be affected.
The rolling strikes began at 5:30 a.m. as workers walked off the job at some McDonald’s restaurants and Dunkin’ Donuts. Strikes are expected later this morning at some retailers. A rally is planned for 4 p.m. at the St. James Cathedral near Huron and Rush streets. A McDonald’s spokeswoman said that while the company believes “a few workers may have walked off the job,” it was “not a high number at all.” Basically, they are daring you to boycott them and daring their workers to strike because they feel like they can do anything they want to their workers and have no consequences. Let’s call their bluff.
“Our downtown restaurants remain open, and it remains business as usual for us,” she said.
Representatives for Dunkin Donuts and Subway said that hourly wages are set at the discretion of franchisees who operate their restaurants.
“Fight for 15, seeks to put money back in the pockets of the 275,000 men and women who work hard in the city’s fast food and retail outlets, but still can’t afford basic necessities,” the group said in a release. “If workers were paid more, they’d spend more, helping to get Chicago’s economy moving again.”
Wednesday’s action follows a nationwide Black Friday strike by Walmart workers and comes just weeks after 400 fast-food workers walked off their jobs in New York City.
“Fast food and retail workers bring more than $4 billion a year into the cash registers of the Magnificent Mile and the Loop, yet most of these workers earn Illinois’ minimum wage of $8.25, or just above it,” the group said.
In addition to higher pay, Fight for 15 says it is pushing to organize a union for workers. Among those participating will be Aimee Crawford, 56, who said she has worked for 14 months at a downtown Protein Bar restaurant for $8.75 an hour.
“I’m using my retirement funds and my savings to bridge the gap between what I bring home and what I need to survive,” Crawford said.
There are sinkholes on the South side, geysers erupting from storm drains on the North and northwest sides, and water shutting down expressways. We’ve put together a handful of photos gathered via social media of what commuters and homeowners are dealing with this morning.
Continue to ignore our failing infrastructure though, politicians. it’s cool. we’ll just feed poor people to the sink holes in hopes of appeasing them.
woman on the news this morning was like “this should NOT HAPPEN in this neighborhood” over and over again and i knew exactly what she meant
the water mains that area date back to 1915 because nobody has wanted to invest money in black communities in chicago for ALMOST A HUNDRED YEARS
fuck that, fuck this
Pilsen’s punk rock legacy was on display Saturday at a pair of reunion shows for the beloved and influential ‘90s band Los Crudos. We have an interview with the band’s lead singer, and photos from the show: http://bit.ly/XShj2i
Zac is the king of the crowd
March 2, 2013
March 3, 2013
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