Palestinians In Chicago Nurture Connection To A Homeland Far Away

By Alresalah English. -

An Estimated 85,000 Palestinians Live In Greater Chicago — 60% Of The Area’s Arab Population. The Connection Some Of Them Feel To Their Homeland Was On Full Display During Street Protests In The [...]

Organizers Battled To Block A Police Training Academy

By Pascal Sabino, Block Club Chicago. -

The organizing toolkit released Monday is an archive of the No Cop Academy campaign from 2017 to 2019, protesting a $95 million police training facility in West Garfield Park. The materials [...]

Chicago Eliminates Another Arne Duncan Initiative

By Diane Ravitch, Diane Ravitch's Blog. -

While Arne Duncan was superintendent of schools in Chicago, he received over $10 million from the Gates Foundation to begin “turning around” low-performing schools. He supported the creation of [...]

Financialization Created Chicago Public Schools’ Fiscal Crisis

By Stephanie Farmer, Jacobin Magazine. -

Chicago Public Schools (CPS) is in a deep and enduring fiscal crisis. After decades of budget cuts, Chicago’s public K–12 schools have been hollowed out, magnifying the hardships of stagnant [...]

On Contact: Police Abuse And Torture

By Chris Hedges, RT. -

Chris Hedges discusses police abuse and torture with civil rights attorney Flint Taylor. Taylor’s new book is ‘The Torture Machine: Racism and Police Violence in Chicago’. With his colleagues at [...]

Amazon Employees Stage Walkout At Distribution Center

By Nick Blumberg, WTTW. -

Chicago - A group of Amazon employees walked out of the mega-retailer’s Gage Park distribution center Wednesday morning, calling on the company to stop understaffing the facility and to provide [...]

Hunger Strike, Activists Take Fight Against Scrapper To City Hall

By Maxwell Evans, Block Club Chicago. -

Chicago - Ald. Byron Sigcho-Lopez (25th) announced Tuesday he will join 10 hunger strikers fighting to block another polluter from receiving the city’s approval to operate on the Southeast [...]

90-Day Protest Begins At McDonald’s Headquarters

By Manny Ramos, Chicago Sun Times. -

Chicago - Community organizers on Monday kicked off 90 days of picketing at McDonald’s world headquarters in the West Loop, hoping to call attention to what they say are discriminatory practices [...]

Chicago Teachers’ Struggle At A Crossroads

By Alexander Fangmann, WSWS. -

The drive to reopen Chicago Public Schools (CPS), the third largest school district in the country, has become a pitched battle between educators and the state apparatus, the latter backed up by [...]

Victimized Teacher Speaks Out Against Deadly School Reopening

By Michael Walters, WSWS. -

Chicago Democratic Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Chicago Public Schools (CPS) ordered 5,800 teachers to return for in-person instruction at the beginning of January. Teachers who refused to return to [...]

CTU Rank-And-File Votes To Save Lives

By Chicago Teachers Union. -

Chicago —In an unprecedented remote electronic vote, 71 percent of Chicago Teachers Union members have voted to continue teaching remotely starting Monday, Jan. 25, 2021. Eighty-six percent of [...]

Chicago Schools Chief Threatens To Lock Out Teachers Who Don’t Return

By George Gallanis, WSWS. -

As Chicago educators continue to vote on a Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) resolution in support of teaching remotely, and to strike only in the event of retaliation from the school district, [...]

40% Of Chicago Teachers And Staff Didn’t Report To Schools As Ordered

By Nader Issa and Stefano Esposito, Chicago Sun Times.  -

About 40% of Chicago Public Schools teachers and staff who were expected to report to schools Monday for the first time during the pandemic didn’t show up for in-person work, officials said [...]

Defying CPS, Some Chicago Teachers Union Members Won’t Return To Schools

By Diana Wallace and Morgan Greene, Chicago Tribune. -

The Chicago Teachers Union says some of its members are choosing not to return to school buildings on Monday, in defiance of Chicago Public Schools’ reopening plans. The union said Sunday it [...]

Activists, Health Care Workers Are Fighting To Keep Mercy Hospital Open

By Maxwell Evans, Block Club Chicago. -

Chicago - A coalition of activists are demanding elected officials maintain pressure on Mercy’s ownership to keep the hospital open or sell to someone who will. The activists held a vigil [...]