We Can Change The World

27 Mar

In a land that’s known as freedom
How can such a thing be fair
Won’t you please come to Chicago
For the help that we can bring

I’m not an old hippie.  In fact, I never thought I’d march in the streets before advocating for my students required me to step outside the classroom and use my voice to call on those in power to do what’s right.   If you are a teacher and you remember the power of that rally in May when we all took to the streets and told Rahm we wouldn’t be pushed around anymore, you remember how powerful we all felt.  Tomorrow, we need to do the same thing for 30,000 students and 60 schools worth of educators and support personnel who are facing grave injustice.

Whether you are a teacher or not, please come down to Daley Plaza tomorrow, Wednesday March 27th at 4PM.  I know for many of us it’s our break, but as you’ll see in tonight’s first story, the powers that be are scared you will make the trip.
Somehow people must be free
I hope the day comes soon
Won’t you please come to Chicago
Show your face

From the bottum of the ocean
To the mountains on the moon
Won’t you please come to Chicago
No one else can take your place

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This is part of the memo informing principals to spy on teachers and take note of media.   The principals were not happy, which is part of the reason that this memo was leaked in the first place.  Here’s is Diane Ravitch and CTU’s take:

Chicago Principals Told to Spy on Protesters Tomorrow

“The CTU obtained the memorandum from a source who has requested anonymity for fear of repercussions. “They’ve asked us to do a lot of things that I’m not happy with, but some of this is going too far,” the person said.”

Where Were You Ten Years Ago?

“How about some of these other advocates who are begging for CPS to please just come out and look at their school before they determine it is “under utilized?” Where were they one to two decades ago? Unlike me, I imagine many of the parents saying these closings are causing chaos in the lives of their children were children themselves 10 to 20 years ago.”

Chicago Public School Closings to Cost Taxpayers $1 Billion

“Based on estimates from the CPS budget and the CIP, it will cost the district approximately $750 million—$15 million per school—to provide 50 schools with computer education, counseling and social work, additional safety and security, and renovations. This figure includes $129 million in CIP costs for pre-kindergarten, students living with disabilities, libraries, play lots, air conditioning and computer labs.”

And finally, your passover related picture:

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One Response to “We Can Change The World”

  1. noname nocredit March 27, 2013 at 4:32 am #

    Awesome picture. All bow down to pharaoh.

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