#1 Barricades erected before mass protest against Chicago school closings03-27-2013, 07:57 AM
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.”
Apparently, so is Chicago Skool Protesting!!May the FORCE be with you!
03-27-2013, 08:45 AM
We have protests going on in Detroit right now because the Governor appointed an Emergency Manager to deal with the city's money problems. They are a special kind of stupid-when it was first announced, about 2 weeks ago, they decided to tie up the area freeways by driving in formation across all 3-4 lanes at 20 mph. I don't know if they did it on our autobahn (I-696), but they pissed everyone off with that one.
Now they are not only protesting in front of city hall, they are protesting in Cleveland. Why Cleveland and not, say, Lansing, you might ask? It's because they are protesting in front of the law firm that the new Emergency Manager last worked for before getting this job.
I would guess that they merged with what was left of the Occupy Detroit protests, but these people have cars.
03-27-2013, 11:59 AM
woo-hoo. It's been a while since we've had to deploy The Brigade.
How did we miss this guy. lmao.
Be Not Afraid.
03-27-2013, 12:06 PM
The school admistration created the problem, and the teacher's union only made it worse.
The school system is low on money, so Moonbats being the geniuses that they are (* snicker *) think if you protest enough, reality will change.
No wonder this country is so f*cked up; the lunatics are not only running the asylum, but they're setting each other on fire.CU's Paranormal Expert.
Keep your powder dry, your sword sharp and your wits intact.
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03-27-2013, 01:11 PM
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The city is financed not only locally but also by funding that comes from the people that elected the state and county officials. It is also funded by people that work in the city but live outside of it that have no elective say in the operations of the city (or the spending of their dollars) via a city non-resident worker income tax.
With the lack of leadership, cronyism and blatant illegal actions of the Detroit executive and / or legislative branches over the last 50 some years, to now talk about "democracy" with regard to an Emergency Financial Manager is the epitome of arrogance and hipocracy.
03-27-2013, 01:25 PM
I'm not blaming Dave Bing-he took on a mess, and I don't think he realized how bad it was when he ran for office. He's not perfect in all this, though, but most of the blame belongs squarely at the feet of Kwame and several of the city council members. Governor Snyder is one politician who has no ties to Matty Moroun, the notorious slumlord who also owns the Ambassador Bridge. This puts him in a good position to root out corruption.
I hope that when it's over and the mayoral and council powers are restored, that the city divides into districts for council elections. It will ensure better representation for neighborhoods, instead of how the at-large way that has been used so far creates a city council comprised of people who all live in the two or three nice neighborhoods left.
There are a couple of good things happening in the city-Meijer is building two stores (this is much bigger than you might think-there are no national chain stores within the city limits at this time), Quicken Loans has invested a lot of money in some of the skyscrapers that are half empty, and the city has stepped up demolition efforts of abandoned buildings. Some private companies are adopting city parks for cleanup and restoration (I think there are tax incentives involved). Little League is returning to Palmer Park this summer-I don't think there's been LL in Detroit for at least 20 years. We have PAL, but that's more of a diversion, not a competitive league.
03-27-2013, 05:45 PM
May the FORCE be with you!
03-27-2013, 05:47 PM
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It's interesting to hear your take, Noonie. It's hard to be outside the city (and state for that matter) and not understand the players and the situation. A friend of mine back East was explaining the situation as a suspension of democracy, and she feared that the idea would spread to all problem municipalities and that local democracy would be lost forever. I didn't know enough to answer back.
I am quite worried about Stockton, CA these days. Stockton was ground zero for the mortgage crisis, and now the city is broke. It's laid off 40% of its police force and many, many government workers. Still, it's having difficulties. Part of the reason is that, during the real estate boom, Stockton took out a ton of debt for building projects. Once the mortgage bubble burst, the money wasn't there to pay it back. They can't even keep up with the city's pension obligations to CALPERS. CALPERS went to court and now Stockton MUST pay their pension obligations before anything else they do. Stockton desperately wants to file for bankruptcy to get CALPERS and the debt off their back, but now the Wall Street bankers they borrowed from have taken them to court. The bankers' logic is that if Stockton can pay their CALPERS obligations, they are not bankrupt and the banks should get their money back. The city is in an incredible mess.
03-27-2013, 07:40 PM
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Stockton.......... Stockton......... Oh yea, isnt that the quaint little town in cali, that allowed danm near all the city leaders to vote them selves a butt load of cash? Why worry about people that are so dumb. They made their liberal bed now let them fucking sleep in it.Onward Thru the Fog
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