Workshops, curriculum exhibits, resources, keynote program, books, and organizing for elected school board and to stop school closings.
Co-sponsored by Chicago Teachers Union and Rethinking Schools
For further info: www.teachersforjustice.org
This is the 12th annual Teaching for Social Justice Curriculum Fair, a one-day conference attended by around 800 teachers, youth, and community members from across Chicago. Teachers for Social Justice is a 15 year-old grassroots organization of k-12 teachers, pre-service teachers, and other educators and community members. We have come together based on our commitment to education for social justice. We are working toward classrooms and schools that are anti-racist, multicultural / multilingual, and grounded in the experiences of our students. We believe that all children should have an academically rigorous education that is both caring and critical, an education that helps students pose critical questions about society and “talk back” to the world. We share ideas and curriculum, and support each other in our work. We are also an activist organization, working to get the voices of educators and parents into school policies and to improve education for all students, particularly in Chicago Public Schools.
I’m really struck how much this is like a social movement. i think we’re seeing social movement unionism being born here. The teachers are galvanized, educated. The issues they’re fighting for are the ones they live and they are not just blindly picketing but talking to people on the trains, in the streets, handing out flyers, disciplined but also taking creative actions. – a quote from a TAG participant on the ground after day one
On this second day of this historic strike Chicago teachers, youth, and families continued to picket in front of local schools.
Here are some images from the day two: http://www.flickr.com//photos/chicagoteachersunion/sets/72157631515311997/show/
There was also a a march through the downtown area. Though the march of 3500 was not nearly the size of the day one march (estimated at nearly 50,000), but still just as fighting!
According to Laura Clawson at the Daily Kos, 47% of Chicago voters support striking teachers
CONTRACT TALKS PRODUCE NO CONTRACT AS SECOND DAY OF STRIKE CONTINUES
Negotiations continued, but it was clear there is much more to go (see Substance News article)
“The Chicago Teachers Union has 49 Articles in its contract. To date, we have only signed off on six of them,” said CTU spokeswoman Stephanie Gadlin. “The Chicago Public Schools has made proposals to change nearly every article. It is not accurate to say both sides are extremely close-this is misinformation on behalf of the Board and Mayor Emanuel. We have a considerable way to go. This is a fact they cannot deny.
Bilingual Hip Hop duo Rebel Diaz released Chicago Teacher
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I learned to read and write from a Chicago Teacher
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Location of picket lines for CTU strike beginning Monday September 10. This google map shows all of the schools which CPS plans to open during the mornings of the strike. CTU members and supporters will conduct informational pickets next week during the strike with materials that talk about the issues of the strike and the schools that Chicago’s children deserve.
“Chicago teachers could hardly be more united in their disgust at Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s assault on public education. More than 98 percent voted to authorize a strike, which union activists say is as much about defending students and parents as it is about the economics of their contract. And while school has already started in the Windy City, the nation’s third largest school system could be shut down by next week, setting off a confrontation between a militant rank-and-file teacher movement and the mainstream of the labor movement and its allies, the Democratic Party.”