"From O'Hare Airport to the Indiana border, by 7:00 a.m. the 'CTU red' lines were along every main street in the city, and the 'Honk if you support the teachers' symphony' had begun."
"It couldn't be drowned out, no matter how craven the lies of the men and women who, by 2012, were known generally as the 'one percent.' "
"Every truck driver, firefighter, cab driver, police officer and citizen knew that this was THE beginning of the fight to take back the USA from the plutocracy, and the teachers of Chicago were leading it and knew why they were doing what we were doing."
America's soul is on the chopping block for sale. It's up for grabs. Corrupt federal, state, and local politicians in league with corporate predators want it carved up and devoured for profit.
They want ordinary people hung out to dry. They want kids deprived of futures. They want no profit opportunity left behind. They want all private wealth in their hands. They want America transformed into Guatemala. They want goon squad repression targeting non-believers.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel represents the worst of reprehensible governance. He's a war criminal/corporate predator running Chicago. He's a cancer metastasizing throughout the city's body and soul.
He's waging war against teachers and other city workers. He wants them deprived of all rights. He wants public education commodified.
He should be in prison, not City Hall. He's pro-war, pro-Israel, neoliberal, anti-union and anti-populist. Chicago activist Sherman Skolnick once called him the "acting deputy chief for North America of Mossad."
His father was a Jerusalem-born pediatrician. Pre-1948, he smuggled weapons to Israeli terrorists. Emanuel is just as hardline. During the Gulf War, he served as a civilian IDF volunteer. He holds dual US/Israeli citizenship.
In Congress and as White House chief of staff, he supported the worst of Israeli and US imperial crimes. His abrasive style alienates him from anyone expressing opposing views.
He's affiliated with neocon/neoliberal Democrats. He's corporatist, heartless, and soulless. He's ideologically no different from Republican hardliners. He doesn't give a damn about ordinary people. They're to be used, not served.
He represents everything wrong in America needing fixing. For Chicagoans, it's saving public education and a whole lot more.
In Chicago, September 11, 2012 is more than the 9/11 eleventh anniversary. It's day two of Chicago teachers striking for justice.
Substance News headlined "History in the making".A medley of reports and analyses following Day One of the Chicago Teachers Strike of 2012."
Editor George Schmidt compiled them. Substance published some earlier. Others are new. Teachers walked out over core issues left unresolved far too long.