Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein will be making two appearances in Chicago this week in support of the striking Chicago Teachers Union.
Jill and Nancy Wade, Green candidate for 5th Congress, will be at The Grafton, an Irish pub and restaurant at 4530 N. Lincoln Ave. in Lincoln Square, from 7-9 on the evening of Wednesday, September 12. Light appetizers will be served. Everyone is welcome – especially CTU teachers! Show up wearing red for the CTU or green for the Green Party, and let’s make The Grafton look like your great aunt’s favorite Christmas sweater!
On Thursday morning, Jill will join a CTU picket line outside of Lane Tech High School, 2501 W. Addison St., starting at 7:00 a.m. Wear red for the picket, but have your Jill Stein and/or Green Party buttons with you. We want a lot of Greens out for the picket – if you can make it please let us know in advance.
The CTU strike is not just about Chicago. The school board in Chicago is appointed by the mayor, not elected, as the result of a bill passed by the Illinois General Assembly in 1995. Legislators throughout Illinois share responsibility for the current state of affairs in Chicago, meaning that this is truly a statewide problem, and one that deserves attention from all residents of the state.
The strike is also not just about Illinois. This strike is the biggest pushback against the Obama Administration’s huge push for more chartered schools and more standardized tests. America’s students have not been well-served by these initiatives, but private interests have made a lot of money off of them. The CTU are standing up against those private interests, and the Illinois Green Party is proud to stand with the hard-working, much-maligned teachers who are the ones truly fighting for the best possible education for the students of Chicago – and beyond.
If you have any questions about Wednesday night, or if you can make it out Thursday morning and can let us know in advance, please email ILGP Chair Phil Huckelberry.