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Chicago: America's Epicenter of Resistance

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Ryan said "Emanuel is right today in saying that this teacher's union strike is unnecessary and wrong. We know (he's) not going to support our campaign, but on this issue and this day we stand with Mayor Rahm Emanuel."

Obama's no different. He doesn't give a damn about kids anywhere. White House spokesman Jay Carney said "the president has no opinion about this particular incident." That's administrationspeak for strong Emanuel support.

Labor Notes contributor Theresa Moran headlined "Behind the Chicago Teachers Strike," saying:

At issue is smaller classes, vital student services, "and stability for a profession that's battling a corporate takeover."

Key also is a draconian evaluation process able to sack around 28% of teachers within two years if not stopped. It's part of Obama's pro-corporate Race to the Top initiative. It's tied to privatizing public schools for profit.

Teachers are facing off against corrupt politicians allied with corporate predators. They want education prioritized over profit. They agree "public education in Chicago isn't working and Mayor Emanuel is making things worse."

English teacher Keith Plum says he's sick and tired about what's going on. He's forced to comply with what hurts kids or be fired. When are we going to prioritize teaching and learning, he asks?

Strike action has been "a long time coming." Unresolved core issues fester. Teachers, parents, and children are harmed. They're fed up and fighting back.

They're angry that Emanuel "continued (Mayor) Daley's tornado of closures and privatizations".The fight against school closures" got harder. The onslaught promises to get worse if not stopped.

History teacher Jen Johnson said people are fed up and want change. "We're organizationally, mentally, and emotionally prepared" to go to the wall and fight.

On August 29, the Chicago Teacher Solidarity Campaign met to discuss fighting for fully funded education. Parents, teachers, students, and community members were involved.

Organizing for action was urged. City schools are in crisis after years of budget cuts.

"So why are Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the billionaires on the Board of Education blaming the teachers for our schools' problems?" 

"How dare they threaten to bankrupt our public schools with more spending on charters and magnets, but no money for small class sizes or a full curriculum?"

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