“I Want to Thank the Staff That Held the Line”: Interview with a Chicago Teacher
Earlier this month, teachers in Chicago voted to resume remote learning rather than return to unsafe working conditions. In response, Chicago Mayor, Lori Lightfoot locked the teachers out of their classes and threatened to stop paying them. After a few days, the Chicago Teachers Union’s House of Delegates voted to suspend the teachers’ action and called them to in person classes. We spoke to a Chicago teacher about this struggle and what it means for educators across the country.
Left VoiceJanuary 17, 2022
#LoriLockout: Chicago Teachers Locked Out of Virtual Classrooms
In Chicago, public school teachers overwhelmingly voted in favor of remote instruction until adequate safety measures were in place for in-person instruction. In response, Mayor Lightfoot locked teachers out of their virtual classrooms and has threatened to withhold pay if teachers don’t report to work by Wednesday.
Maria AurelioJanuary 5, 2022
Chicago Teachers Are Locked Out After Voting for Remote Learning, Refusing to Enter Unsafe Classrooms
Amidst a massive coronavirus surge, Chicago public school teachers voted to return to classes remotely following winter break. Instead Mayor Lightfoot and the district cancelled all classes in a clear confrontation with the city’s teachers and threatened to place all teachers who don’t return by Wednesday on “no pay” status.
Tatiana CozzarelliJanuary 5, 2022
Adam Toledo, Age 13, Had His Hands in the Air. A Chicago Cop Shot and Killed Him
Adam Toledo was shot by the police while complying with their orders. Then the state tried to cover it up, claiming that he was shooting at the officers. Body cam footage released on Thursday shows that to be a lie.
Ezra BrainApril 15, 2021
Mayor Lori Lightfoot: No Friend of Chicago Teachers
After reaching an agreement with the Chicago Teachers Union for an improved but insufficient reopening plan, Mayor Lori Lightfoot has shown her true colors when it comes to the labor movement and democratizing Chicago Public Schools.
Emma LeeFebruary 20, 2021
Chicago Teachers Reach Tentative Agreement to Reopen Schools
On Tuesday, Chicago teachers narrowly voted to approve a proposal from the CPS that would have them return to their classrooms over the next several weeks. Though much better than the original reopening plan, even the union leadership admits it is imperfect. A real victory can only come from the organized rank and file.
James Dennis HoffFebruary 11, 2021
“A Victory for Us Will Be a Victory for All Workers”: Interview with Chicago Teacher on the Brink of Strike
Teachers in Chicago are fighting against the city’s plans to force them back to in-person learning despite unsafe conditions. Left Voice spoke to one of the teachers in the middle of the struggle about their experience and why it is important that workers across the country support Chicago teachers in this struggle.
Left VoiceJanuary 29, 2021
South Side Chicago Uprising Confronts Police Violence and Economic Repression
A social explosion has erupted in Chicago after police shot and injured 20 year old Latrell Allen in the city’s South Side. Over a hundred protesters have been arrested, while the cops sustained injuries of their own. In racist U.S.A., systemic, racist injustice continues to spawn upheaval.
Carmin MaffeaAugust 11, 2020
The Killing of Harith Augustus and Capitalism’s Need for Killer Cops
The murder of Black barber Harith Augustus sparks a conversation on the Chicago police, economic violence and the Black resistance movement.
Aislinn PulleyJuly 25, 2018