Trans* activists in Mexico City, protesting violence against the LGBTQ community.
Chicago’s School Closure Is The Largest In American History, Mainly Effects Black & Low Income Neighborhoods
Chicago school officials said Thursday that they plan to close dozens of schools in a bid to improve education and tackle a $1 billion deficit.
The move would shutter 61 school buildings, including 53 underused schools and one program. The cut represents roughly 10% of all elementary school facilities in Chicago Public Schools, the country’s third-largest school district.
CPS currently has 403,000 students, with seats for more than 511,000, and close to 140 of its 681 schools are more than half empty, according to the district. About 30,000 students will be affected by the plan, with about half that number moving into new schools.
According to WBEZ, 87 percent of schools that are being closed or having their buildings vacated are majority African-American. In total, 80 percent of kids affected by closures and other shakeups are black. About 42 percent of CPS students are African-American.
The Chicago Teachers Union opposes the closures, which it says would disproportionately affect African-American students. The union also warns the move would expose students to gang violence and turf wars, an apparent reference to neighborhood loyalties.
“This city cannot destroy that many schools at one time, and we contend that no school should be closed in the city of Chicago. These actions will not only put our students’ safety and academic careers at risk but also further destabilize our neighborhoods,” said Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis.
yup, that gang turf thing happened in detroit too. you can’t tell me that this isn’t direct relatiation for the strike the chicago teachers succesfully pulled off last year…
Oh absolutely retaliation against the teachers & the parents who supported them. It’s also no accident that students from a good third of the schools being closed are being merged into schools with test scores that are just as low if not lower. They want the buildings (ask me how many “underutilized schools are in huge buildings with lots of space for the privately funded charter schools to make their dream campuses & admit only a chosen few kids), and in some cases they want the neighborhood. Guess how many of these schools are in neighborhoods with larger than average home lots and higher than normal foreclosure rates that happen to be close to A) public transit B) major expressways. Oh, and please note in all this talk of gang turf no one is discussing how many bus lines CTA has cut or the fact that CPS has no major bus fleet to help transport these kids across those unsafe streets. For that matter, everyone seems to have forgotten what areas have the highest rates of poverty, highest number of cases of police harassment and brutality, and lowest concentration of resources when they discuss these underperforming schools.
Indian Sikh school students participate in a protest against the ban on wearing turban in public schools in France, in New Delhi, India.
France needs to stfu UP and leave people the fucking HELL alone!!!
There will be an open assembly on Wednesday, March 20th @ 7pm and a ‘mass march’ next Sunday in East Flatbush to protest the killing of Kimani Gray.
Oakland is also having a march in solidarity with NYC on Thursday. For more info, visit their event page on Facebook.
The NYPD has declared a portion of Flatbush a “Frozen Zone”, meaning media are not allowed in and people can be subjected to arrest for not following police orders. It basically means the area is under temporary martial law. The last times the NYPD declared a Frozen Zone was on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and during the beginning of OWS.
Please call 311 to demand that everyone in connection to tonight’s Kimani vigil/march be released from the 71st precinct in Brooklyn. There’s one Malcolm X Grassroots Movement member arrested & two Justice Committee (JC) members arrested. A ton of community members who were at the vigil/march were also arrested. If you have friends/family in NYC please tell them to call 311. If you live in NYC please call 311. Let’s get them free! Please share!
NYPD decided not to release community members and Cop Watchers arrested at the vigil for Kimani “Kiki” Gray. Please call 7182502001 to demand NO charges be brought against all arrested
COMMUNITY ALERT: Please call the DAs office and ask them NOT to charge members of the community! It is our right to assemble and it is NOT against the law to record the police.
SIGNAL BOOST THIS!
This is where Kimani was shot yesterday by the NYPD. Over 200 people gathered today to protest his death. Police escalated the situation and a riot broke out. Several store windows were broken and bottles + rocks were thrown at police.
Protesters will be gathering tomorrow as well, time and place is still being discussed. I’ll post an update as soon as there’s more news.
A crowd of about 50 people are heading back to the 67 precinct. The NYPD are requesting additional riot police.
Politician Jumaane Williams is at the scene, where there are approx. about 60-100 protesters , “trying to diffuse the tension”.
There will be another protest tomorrow night at 8pm at 55th street and Church avenue. Be there.
This privileged Gaga-worshipping shit-stain contends that Palestinian hunger sticker Samer Issawi is “a dude” simply “choosing not to eat” and it’s “his fault” he may die. Ignoring the fact that he has not been charged with a single crime by apartheid Israel, that he is combatting apartheid with his hunger strike.
Samer Issawi is literally sacrificing his life for the liberation of his land, under Israeli occupation, and has shown the entire world what it means to have dignity. To openly mock Issawi’s sacrifice shows what little education this bastard has, what little empathy he has. If this were apartheid South Africa this whiny little brat’s response would have been to mock the Blacks fighting apartheid. This white whiner would have mocked Mandela and Tutu and all others before and after them.
People of colour have long sacrificed their lives in order to fight imperialism, colonialism, occupation, humiliation and the response that oppressors and oppressor-apologists have shown them has not changed in all these centuries. They choose cowardice while our people choose dignity.
[Image: Cleanliness is next to godliness. No but seriously, support retail janitors on strike]
Workers cleaning Target stores are threatening to walk off the job next Tuesday.
Pro-immigrant button from the 60’s on display in DC. #immigration #socialjustice (at National Museum of American History)
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