I heard today from a friend who knows about my blog, that another blog on Chicago’s education scene had referred to the CTU protesting as business as usual — basically, a lot of sound and fury ultimately signifying nothing.
I can understand where that type of sentiment comes from. The CTU already said they didn’t believe that one protest march was suddenly going to get Rahm Emanuel to give up his neo-liberal agenda and start looking out for this city’s least fortunate. However, this protest was not a waste of time. When injustice is being done, you can stand silently or you can try and get your voice heard. You hope that you can create a movement and that you stop this mayor from doing this again and you make mayors in other cities ask themselves if they want this fight with the teachers, parents, and students in their city.
Maybe the 180 hearings that CPS is going to have about these actions area a waste of time. The Board is a rubber stamp, but just maybe we can put the pressure on to make them back down. I don’t know. I know if Cesar Chavez had been realistic and pragmatic, he’d still be alive today and there would have been no National Farm Workers Association. I leave you with the words that thankfully, Martin Luther King never said:
“I have a dream that one day the state of Alabama, whose governor’s lips are presently dripping with the words of interposition and nullification, will be transformed into a situation where little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls and walk together as sisters and brothers. Unfortunately, we all know George Wallace is a racist bastard and it’s not going to happen so I’m going to stop these protests and go home to bed. Good night everybody. Drive Safe”
I’ll be back to our regular format tomorrow with plenty of coverage of today’s rally. I know that the Chicago Police said 700-900 at the rally, but most reporters there called it several thousands. I can’t judge crowd size for the life of me.