Senior citizens from Chicago's Bronzeville neighborhood plan to hold a sit-in and prayer circle outside Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office at City Hall on Wednesday morning in support of the Dyett hunger strikers.
Twelve public school parents and education activists have been on a hunger strike for the past 16 days in an effort to advance a plan to reopen Dyett High School, 555 E. 51st St. Specifically, they want Dyett reopened as district-run high school focused on global leadership and green technology.
Three hunger strikers have required medical attention since beginning their protest on August 17.
At today's City Hall sit-in, spearheaded by the Kenwood Oakland Community Organization, Lugenia Burns Hope Center and SEIU* Healthcare Illinois, the senior citizens are expected to urge Emanuel to find "the presence of mind to hear the community's wishes and support the Dyett Global Leadership and Green Technology High School," according to a press release.
They also plan to call on the U.S. Department of Education to intervene in the Dyett controversy "to bring resolution to this matter."
Click through for more on the Dyett hunger strike. Progress Illinois' past coverage of the Coalition to Revitalize Dyett's push for its global leadership and green technology school proposal can be found here.
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