2013 – Rahm Emanuel closes the schools
2015 – Newly reelected Mayor Emanuel announces that he will be removing all public services from the South and West sides of the city in a cost cutting move
2016 – After bands of teens raid downtown shops and restaurants, Mayor Emanuel announces the construction of a large wall to keep resides of Chicago’s poorer neighborhoods from coming to the more well to do sections of the city.
2017 – Mayor Emanuel begins using red light cameras and drone technology to beef up security in the no man’s land of South Chicago
Will it get to this? Probably not, but it sure seems like the beginning of some horrible science fiction action flick like Escape from New York or the French movie District 13. If there’s one thing I’ve learned from watching this kind of film, there’s always that moment when people say, “if only we had fought him earlier”. Please, let’s not say that.
“Since the recommended list of closures was announced in March, the city has been in a heated debate about whether some schools should be taken off the list. Media access to these buildings has been almost impossible, and some worry decisions will be made without a thorough inspection.”
“The CTU will likely continue to serve as an example for such unionism. Fittingly, there was little time for union leadership to savor their re-election victory: just a few hours after the election results came in, the union was leading a three-day march to each of the fifty-four schools slated for closure throughout the city, culminating in a mass rally in downtown Chicago today at rush hour. Outside Bannecker Elementary, one of the schools slated for closure in the Englewood neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side, CTU President Karen Lewis told me she feels optimistic about the prospect of such unionism spreading”
““My son is upset,” she says. Miranda’s son has a disability that includes learning and speech difficulties and she’s afraid that he will simply “shut down” if he has to transfer to a new school.”
“I think we all must ask themselves what is a teacher like this going to teach students besides how to do their own prison tattoos (Mayle apparently has several), how to make a shank, or ferment their own Pruno from CPS orange juice and ketchup packets. Sadly, this is not even the only criminal CTU member. They have an organizer who loves to assault reporters by ridiculing their underdeveloped male equipment. For shame CTU. For Shame.”
“”We are not going down without a fight,” said Asean Johnson, a 9-year-old third-grader at Marcus Garvey Elementary School who rallied the crowd at Daley Plaza with cries for student safety while speaking atop a folding chair placed at the lectern.”
“If few in the mainstream will cover the CPS marches and rallies, we will. So, we’re going to be joined by Chicago teacher and activist Joshua Marburger live from events in the Windy City.
We’re on 5PM EST or 4PM Chicago Time. Join us. Chat’s open, livetweet @thechalkface, using the hashtag #cpsclosings.”