Friday, September 14, 2012

Chicago Teachers' Strike Day 5-Free Fun at Old Town School & March Details

Riley teachers in Avondale march their neighborhood streets to huge cheers from families on porches and honks of support!

Kids and families cheer their local teachers on in Chicago's Avondale area, as striking Riley teachers take it to the neighborhood streets and march through their district.


4545 N. Lincoln Ave at noon
Some Old Town School of Folk Music teachers will be leading a FREE sing-a-long/play-a-long Friday for all the families affected by the strike. It's been a hard week for so many people in our community. Let's all get together and sing some songs. Meet in the East building lobby at noon. Everyone, young and old, 
are welcome. We'll have extra instruments if you don't have one.

Friday: Please report to your home neighborhood school and canvass the neighborhood from 9:00 a.m. to noon.
Saturday: 12 noon rally with all of our allies at Union Park off Lake and Ashland, bring families and friends. This will likely be our biggest mobilization to date!

*Catch 22:   A vote today at 2pm could end the strike, with both sides closer than ever on a fair compromise.   Certainly we hope for this outcome, so our teachers can get back to teaching and our kids can get back in the classroom.   

However....CNN approved a strike op-ed of mine to run Monday...but only if the strike continues :(.    If the kids are still off, we were also planning to go on a family camping trip Monday as well.   So a resolution before Monday would be a bit bittersweet for our family.   The teachers have gone this far, so we don't want to see them give up too many of their reasonable demands.   Still, we have our fingers and toes crossed for an equitable solution as soon as possible.

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