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Wed Mar 27, 2013, 06:59 AM

 

Barricades erected before mass protest against Chicago school closings

Here’s how you know that Chicago authorities are expecting a rowdy turnout at a mass rally called for Wednesday afternoon to protest the announced closings of more than 50 schools this year: Security staff have already erected barricades around the Board of Education in downtown Chicago, and authorities sent a memo to school principals telling them to report on protesters and their actions. The memo, released by the Chicago Teachers Union, told principals how to handle the protest. The union reported that it said:

Be approachable and supportive to feelings of unrest, anxiety or dissatisfaction. Observe and report all information regarding possible protestors, locations, dates and times… Is the media present? Which news outlet(s)?


Thousands of people are expected to protest last week’s announcement that 54 under-enrolled schools will be closed before this fall to help close a $1 billion deficit in the country’s third largest district. It is the largest mass district closing of schools ever in the United States, and it is fiercely opposed by many teachers, parents and education activists. The vast majority of students affected are African American and Hispanic, and all but one of the schools scheduled to be closed are elementary schools. Small groups of parents and students have already staged protests in the last week.

In fact, the union this month, in anticipation of the closings announcement, co-sponsored training in protest techniques, including disruptions, occupations and arrests, according to a union press release. The trainings were led by political activist and scholar Lisa Fithian, who for decades has been a student, labor and community organizer on a range of issues.

Karen Lewis, president of the teachers union, reacted to the memo sent to principals by saying in a statement, “Why are they asking principals to work as agents of this administration when they are the ones who have created a climate of chaos? Civil disobedience is a direct response to unjust policies and practices. We intend to use whatever nonviolence protest actions we have in this fight for education justice.”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/03/26/barricades-erected-before-mass-protest-against-chicago-school-closings/

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Reply Barricades erected before mass protest against Chicago school closings (Original post)
HiPointDem Mar 2013 OP
graham4anything Mar 2013 #1
HiPointDem Mar 2013 #2
graham4anything Mar 2013 #3
HiPointDem Mar 2013 #4
graham4anything Mar 2013 #5
HiPointDem Mar 2013 #6
socialist_n_TN Mar 2013 #7
Guy Whitey Corngood Mar 2013 #8
Union Scribe Mar 2013 #15
proud2BlibKansan Mar 2013 #12
roody Mar 2013 #13
TheKentuckian Mar 2013 #16
ChisolmTrailDem Mar 2013 #18
Tierra_y_Libertad Mar 2013 #19
Guy Whitey Corngood Mar 2013 #9
AngryAmish Mar 2013 #10
Arkana Mar 2013 #11
mopinko Mar 2013 #14
HiPointDem Mar 2013 #17
Tierra_y_Libertad Mar 2013 #20

Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Wed Mar 27, 2013, 07:16 AM

1. Anarchy never helps anyone. All it does is add to the expenses. This isn't the 1960s.

 

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Response to graham4anything (Reply #1)

Wed Mar 27, 2013, 07:21 AM

2. No, these are the new dark ages. Schoolteacher 'anarchists,' my my. I'm sure homeland security

 

will be checking in.

I don't care much about the opinions of people who think democracy is 'too expensive'.

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Response to HiPointDem (Reply #2)

Wed Mar 27, 2013, 07:31 AM

3. Tell it to Alan Grayson who voted for austerity twice. I myself am just against waste of money

 

I am not one of those V for Vengence anarchists that think knocking things down is the way to go.(not saying you are either, just in general).

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Response to graham4anything (Reply #3)

Wed Mar 27, 2013, 07:32 AM

4. as i said, i'll put you down as one who thinks teachers are anarchists, protest is anarcy, &

 

democracy is too expensive.

there seem to be a hell of a lot of them at "democratic" underground these days.

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Response to HiPointDem (Reply #4)

Wed Mar 27, 2013, 07:35 AM

5. Don't put words in my mouth

 

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Response to graham4anything (Reply #5)

Wed Mar 27, 2013, 07:43 AM

6. they're right there in your mouth for all to see, graham.

 

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Response to graham4anything (Reply #1)

Wed Mar 27, 2013, 08:57 AM

7. No. It's WORSE than the 60s..........

The 60s were one-issue protests involving the Vietnam war. In the early 21st Century, the protests are more like the protests of the 30s. About basic worker rights.

It's good to see that somebody is teaching people tactics to use in civil disobedience and, by extension, strikes. WAY too many folks don't know what to do.

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Response to graham4anything (Reply #1)

Wed Mar 27, 2013, 09:01 AM

8. Oh STFU! nt

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Response to Guy Whitey Corngood (Reply #8)

Wed Mar 27, 2013, 10:04 AM

15. Big +1

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Response to graham4anything (Reply #1)

Wed Mar 27, 2013, 09:10 AM

12. Democracy can get pretty messy.

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Response to graham4anything (Reply #1)

Wed Mar 27, 2013, 09:41 AM

13. Where did the op talk about anarchy?

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Response to graham4anything (Reply #1)

Wed Mar 27, 2013, 10:05 AM

16. Anarchy=opposition to "rulers"

Also, apparently citizen=subject.

May you see real anarchy, you deserve it and demand it each time you cheer on rule.

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Response to graham4anything (Reply #1)

Wed Mar 27, 2013, 02:14 PM

18. OH Boo-fucking-Hoo! Go hide under your bed. eom

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Response to graham4anything (Reply #1)

Wed Mar 27, 2013, 02:23 PM

19. Worked for Gandhi.

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Wed Mar 27, 2013, 09:04 AM

9. I think it's the teachers, parents and kids fault. After all

How much money have they contributed to our illustrious mayor? As if I need to add this.

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Wed Mar 27, 2013, 09:06 AM

10. It is going to be a trainwreck

I'm not sure who benefits from it more, tho.

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Wed Mar 27, 2013, 09:06 AM

11. Look down, look down, don't look 'em in the eye...

Look down, look down, you're here until you die...

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Wed Mar 27, 2013, 09:59 AM

14. soooooo

it's ok for the teachers to publicly plan to disrupt, but not ok for the admin to have a plan? with thousands of children in the middle? mmmmmmkay.

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Response to mopinko (Reply #14)

Wed Mar 27, 2013, 02:11 PM

17. lol. 'a plan' = a plan to privatize public education. 'disrupt' = protest.

 

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Wed Mar 27, 2013, 02:26 PM

20. Protests against corrupt government policies is soooo 1960's.

Of course, that was when people gave a shit about what their government did. How dare they expect their public servants to serve them rather than the capitalists?

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