More than 100 Arrested Protesting Mass School Closings In Chicago
NO ADVERTISING, GOVERNMENT OR CORPORATE FUNDING
DONATE TODAY

More than 100 Arrested Protesting Mass School Closings In Chicago


Teachers, workers and activists hope to pressure Chicago to abandon plans to close 61 schools -   October 3, 14
Members don't see ads. If you are a member, and you're seeing this appeal, click here

Share to Facebook Share to Twitter


Amongst "independent" media the only one which (so far) has served only insight and versatility. - HÃ¥kan
Log in and tell us why you support TRNN

Bio

Jaisal Noor is a producer for The Real News Network. His stories have appeared on Democracy Now!, Free Speech Radio News and other independent news outlets. Jaisal was raised in the Baltimore-area, and has a degree in history from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Transcript

More than 100 Arrested Protesting Mass School Closings In ChicagoCROWD: Save our schools!

JAISAL NOOR, PRODUCER, TRNN: In Chicago, some 150 people were arrested on Wednesday, March 27, protesting plans to close 61 public schools, the largest such wave of school closures ever.

The city announced the plan last week, saying it was necessary to help bridge a billion-dollar budget deficit and to free resources to be invested in the city's remaining schools.

At a news conference before the protest, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel publicly defended the plan. He said despite the plan's unpopularity, it would improve the city's schools, saying, quote, "When our educational system has unequal results, you cannot lock in the status quo,"

A few hours later, labor, parent, religious, and community groups flooded downtown Chicago to voice their opposition.

~~~

KAREN LEWIS, PRESIDENT, CHICAGO TEACHERS UNION: The message is this isn't over. No matter what they think or what they believe, this is not over. There are a variety of ways to deal with this, but one of the most important ways is to motivate people to take responsibility for their own destinies. And that's what this is about.

NOOR: And why direct action? Why civil disobedience?

LEWIS: Well, because that's the actual area where the people have control. We don't have control over the courts. We don't have control over the legal system. We certainly don't have control over the legislature. But this is a place where we do have some control.

~~~

NOOR: Thousands attended, and at least 150 sat down in the street, locked arms, and were detained and ticketed when they refused to move.

The Real News interviewed some of those who took part in the civil disobedience just before their arrest. Here are some of their voices.

JERRY WARD, PROTESTER: My name is Jerry Ward. I'm out here because we need to save these schools. We need to save our children. Our neighborhoods are screwed up and we don't need any schools taken away from our children. That's why I'm here. I'm making my voice heard, and we're making our children's voices heard. That's why I'm here right now and that's what I'm doing.

KEITH BLUM, CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER: It's important for us to fight here, because this is where this whole thing started, this whole reform movement. And if we don't nip it in the bud here, it's just going to go across the United States. And it'll be a horrible, horrible experience for children and teachers and the society in general if this continues to make it across the United States. We have to break this.

EMILIA FORTUNADO, UNITE HERE!: My name's Emilia Fortunado. I'm with UNITE HERE! We're the union that represents the cafeteria workers to work in the schools. I'm out here because I don't want to see the schools get shut down. I think this is a racist attack on our schools and, honestly, on black jobs in Chicago. The public sector is where black workers work, and our cafeteria workers are not going to let that happen. So that's why we're out here today.

UNIDENTIFIED: I'm [incompr.] I'm here for once for the kids, the teachers, the lunchroom managers, and us janitors. We all need our jobs. And they're making it hard for kids to learn, 'cause how can they learn if they're at a school where the only thing they can think about is getting back home?

NOOR: Reporting for The Real News, this is Jaisal Noor in Chicago.

End

DISCLAIMER: Please note that transcripts for The Real News Network are typed from a recording of the program. TRNN cannot guarantee their complete accuracy.


Comments

Our automatic spam filter blocks comments with multiple links and multiple users using the same IP address. Please make thoughtful comments with minimal links using only one user name. If you think your comment has been mistakenly removed please email us at contact@therealnews.com

Comments


Latest Stories


Extraordinary Brutality Inflicted on Civilians in Yemen
As Legal Proceedings Commence in Gray Case, Feds Probe Past Police Killings
Pocomoke to Attorney General: Reason for Secret Meeting is Secret
Mediterranean Refugee Crisis Escalating
As Trial Approaches, What Has Changed Since Freddie Gray's Killing?
Who "Recovered" in Post-Katrina New Orleans?
The Global African: W. Kamau Bell & The Crisis in Detroit
Members of Syriza's Central Committee Defecting to Popular Unity
Bullock Trial Begins Friday
Why is Sanders Silent on U.S. Foreign Policy?
Reaganism and Thatcherism were Intellectually Dishonest - Heiner Flassbeck on Reality Asserts Itself (1/5)
First Canadian Officer Convicted for Mass Arrests at 2010 G-20 Toronto Summit
What Would Happen to the Eurozone if Greece Leaves?
Katrina Victims Were Forced into Exile
National Day of Action Pushes Democratic Senators to Support Iran Deal
International Law and "The Responsibility to Protect" - Vijay Prashad on Reality Asserts Itself (4/4)
Days of Revolt: State Violence and Counter Violence
The Sky Is Not Falling? China's Stock Market Impact
Why is Saudi Arabia Now Supporting the Iran Deal?
The PLO's "Game of Musical Chairs"
GRITtv with Laura Flanders: New Orleans and the Economics of Recovery
Chelsea Manning, the Nuremberg Charter and Refusing to Collaborate with War Crimes - Vijay Prashad on Reality Asserts Itself (3/4)
A Fire In My Soul
Smoke and Mirrors of Corporate Buybacks Behind the Market Crash
Computer Voting and Stealing Democracy
Questioning the Underlying Structures of Property and Power is "Off the Table" - Vijay Prashad on Reality Asserts Itself (2/4)
AIPAC Spending Millions to Defeat Iran Deal, But Efforts Are Falling Flat
Sanders: Great White Hope or Hype?
Moving Towards a Police State - Michael Ratner on Reality Asserts Itself (7/7)
Decades of Relentless Austerity in Canada Could Defeat the Conservatives

RealNewsNetwork.com, Real News Network, Real News, Real News For Real People, IWT are trademarks and service marks of IWT.TV inc. "The Real News" is the flagship show of IWT and Real News Network.

All original content on this site is copyright of The Real News Network. Click here for more

Problems with this site? Please let us know

Linux VPS Hosting by Star Dot Hosting