Last night on Chicago’s West Side, the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) hosted the first of two “Citywide Non-Violent Civil Disobedience Trainings”
aimed to prepare education activists for upcoming protests and coach
them through non-violent protest techniques, such as disruptions,
occupations and demonstrations.
The CTU will host a rally and
march in downtown Chicago on March 27, just a few days before Chicago Public Schools (CPS) CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett is set to meet her March 31
deadline to announce the final list of school actions.
Preparing for the worst, CTU is educating parents and activists on the proper practices of non-violent protests. Police arrested
10 protesters in November for rallying against school closings outside
City Hall. They were charged with violating a Chicago trespassing
“It’s the willingness to engage in radical acts that
are challenging the core of what’s going on,” said Lisa Fithian, a
political activist and scholar, who, for decades, has worked as a
community organizer on a range of issues. “We need to create conditions
that allow for the transformation for us to be more liberated.”
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