Chicago: America's Epicenter of Resistance
Mayor Emanuel is waging war against Chicago teachers and all other public workers.
by Stephen Lendman
Public education is on the chopping block for elimination. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants it commodified into another business profit center. At issue is saving it.
Education isn't a product. It's a fundamental right. It's a societal bedrock. In Chicago and across America, it's being handed over to corporate predators. Their scheme is exploiting it for a buck.
Money making is all they care about. Educating kids doesn't matter. Federal, state, and local politicians are in league with corporate profiteers. The future for millions of children is up for grabs. It's disappearing in plain sight.
On September 10, Chicago teachers walked out for more than better pay, vital benefits, job security, and other headline reasons. Media scoundrels twist truth their way. Readers are betrayed. Issues aren't explained. What's at stake isn't discussed.
Chicago streets are ablaze with red. It's the color of Chicago resistance. Thousands of red-shirted picketers took to the streets.
Perhaps two signs said it all: "On strike for better schools." "Enough is enough."
Substance News is a leading source of information on Chicago schools. For over 30 years, it's defended public education. It publishes daily articles and updates on city schools and issues related to them.
It takes dead aim at corporate news, union busting, and efforts to marginalize public education and destroy it. It's abreast of unfolding strike action and events leading to it.
On September 10, it headlined "A new 'Chicago Symphony' is born on every street in the Second City".Massive support for teachers as the Chicago Teachers Strike of 2012 begins."
Chicago was the noisiest in its history, it said. From Howard Street up north to the city's far South Side, cars, trucks, buses, and other vehicles honked horns in solidarity against corrupt politicians and corporate predators wanting education exploited for a buck.
Thousands of teachers took to the streets. Parents, students, and concerned residents joined them. The strike "the nation's rulers said was impossible began."
"Noise, hell. That's our music," teachers said. They know what they're fighting for. Saving what's too vital to lose is key. At midnight September 10, teachers sang "solidarity forever."
"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."