Over 500 students, parents and community members rallied together at the Logan Square monument to show support for the thousands of CPS teachers on strike for a fourth day.
The rally included teachers from local schools, who marched from their classrooms to the monument, where the energy was high with passion as members of the community spoke to the crowd, danced and sang songs.
Bilingual education, support for Latino students and more counselors was the main focus of the rally, which was organized by Logan Square Neighborhood Association.
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“I’ve been involved with LSNA for 11 years, and this whole time we parents have been asking for nurses, counselors, smaller class sizes, and a real commitment to bilingual education and special education,” said Monica Espinoza, CPS parent and education organizer for Logan Square Neighborhood Association. “This is our time! We’re not here to ask anymore. We are here to demand.”
Espinoza was part of a 2008 rally at the monument that addressed similar issues for teachers, according to LSNA.
Alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (35th) spoke about the importance of fair contracts, addressing key issues for teachers to succeed and standing in solidarity with CTU and SEIU73.
The alderman’s office, along with Neighbors of the 35th Ward and DSA Chicago offered free lunches to students and teachers.
The rally included a joyous performance by Caballo Dorado dance group, who performed Mexican folkloric dance and a song rapped by Rachel Brown, the teacher whose Lizzo cover has gone viral.
Logan Square Representative Will Guzzardi also attended the rally, showing that “Logan Square stands united for education justice.”
The negotiations between CTU and the city sat deadlocked as of last night but the mayor said talks are continuing today. Lightfoot said it is “deeply concerning to hear that CTU is pulling members of its bargaining team away from the negotiating table at this crucial juncture” to go out and continue to strike.
In a press conference this morning, Lightfoot said she wants the public to know the human cost of the strikes and how it affects students. She said the strikes pose consequences to them and hopes that CTU will come back to the table to talk “in good faith” even though they rejected yesterday’s proposals.
“Real progress has been made on the key contract issues that CTU identified, and written proposals to boost staffing and support overcrowded classrooms have been exchanged,” Lightfoot said in a statement. “Our full team will be ready first thing [this] morning to continue working toward the fair contract our teachers, students, and families deserve.”
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