Stands With Chicago Teachers
The strike in Chicago is the long overdue stand off between those who got into education for a career in teaching vs. the corporate profiteers who have labor and the working men and women they represent on the run. Make no mistake, these are rich powerful people who run the publishing, media, corporate education and the Wall St./Hedge Fund world. They are tough, cut throat and have deep pockets (Gates, Bloomberg, Walton Family, Koch Brothers, Democrats for Education Reform, Rupert Murdoch, Mort Zuckerman, etc.) They are the melding of the neo liberal and neo con agendas.
Neither of those groups likes teachers and they despise public sector pensions as it bites into their wallets. They have bought off many of our traditional allies in the Democrat party and have effectively triangulated the unions that represented public school educators.
Everyone has to take a stand, regardless of where any other union, their officials, educator or parent falls on this.
I am with Karen Lewis. That is a woman who deserves to be Woman of the Year. To stand up to Rahm Emanuel, Arne Duncan, their boss’, Obama’s, misguided education policies and the entire “Reform” Movement takes guts!
These are not just run-of-the-mill politicians, but well trained mercenaries for the corporate privatization movement.
God Bless Karen Lewis and the entire Chicago Teachers Union for having the guts to stand up to this corporate onslaught against our public schools. Their fight is our fight. It is time to ask yourself: “Where do I stand”?
BRIAN DE VALE