Three more people have joined the Dyett hunger strike, which entered its 24th day on Wednesday.
Those joining the original 12 Chicago activists on a hunger strike over Dyett High School include Brandon Johnson with the Chicago Teachers Union, Susan Hurley with Chicago Jobs With Justice and Asif Wilson with Teachers for Social Justice, according to an announcement.
The activists are on a hunger strike in an effort to advance a community proposal to reopen Dyett, located in the Washington Park community, as a global leadership and green technology high school.
Amid the hunger strike, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) officials announced last Thursday that Dyett, which closed this past June after being slated for phaseout in 2012, will reopen as an arts-focused neighborhood high school with an "innovation technology lab."
The hunger strikers, however, are not satisfied with the district's plan, arguing, in part, that CPS did not follow its own process for opening a new school at Dyett.
District leaders and some elected officials have described the new plan for Dyett as a compromise, but the hunger strikers with the Coalition to Revitalize Dyett don't see it that way and are continuing their push for a global leadership and green technology school.
The hunger strikers and their allies plan to march this evening from Dyett to President Barack Obama's Kenwood home, where the activists will hold a candlelight vigil outside.
Read Progress Illinois' coverage of the Dyett hunger strike and the campaign to reopen the school as a global leadership and green techonology academy here.