Radical left coalesces around Chicago Teacher protest
It appears the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU), which held a solidarity rally this Saturday afternoon, is facilitating a rejuvenation of the Wisconsin-style protest movement. The scene at Saturday’s rally, held in anticipation of Sunday’s yes-or-no vote on the latest negotiated agreement, seemed more like a convention of far-left radicals than the image of clean-cut teachers the CTU would like to project.
Thousands of red-shirted Chicago Teachers Union members flooded into Chicago’s aptly named Union Square Park at noon today to demonstrate for solidarity and workers’ rights. Protesters embraced radical revolutionary imagery, wearing shirts with Che Guevara on them and holding signs emblazoned with the “iron fist.”
Occupy Chicago and anarchist groups as well as the Progressive Labor Party, International Socialists, SEIU, AFL-CIO, and others stood alonside teachers chanting for solidarity:
Unions members from Milwaukee told me that their union had paid for at least two buses to transport protesters in from north of the border, including laborers who had attempted to organize a local business and been fired.
I spoke with the Socialist Equality Party’s Phyllis Scherrer, who is running for Vice President of the United States. Scherrer, a former teacher, said the teachers’ fight is really part of a broader struggle:
We are fighting to defend Chicago teachers, but this has to come through a struggle to broaden this defense of public education. That it’s not just a strike question, or not just a union question. It’s a political question, which means broadening it and breaking out of the limitations of the union struggle and creating a political struggle.
Representatives from the Progressive Labor Party’s protesters passed out information that said “capitalists have a different education plan for our children than we do,” and “communist revolution is the only solution….instead of fighting to protect the capitalists’ empire, we are organizing a red army of masses of workers to destroy capitalism and to build a workers’ society.”
The “World Socialist Web Site” called for teachers to “reject the contract betrayal” and “broader the fight to defend jobs and public schools.”
In constrast with earlier protests this week, the presence of bused-in protesters from outside of Chicago and the clearer cries against capitalism and in favor of union power previewed how the Chicago Teachers Union has set the stage, and is part of, those groups seeking broader societal upheaval.
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Hussein’s feeling pretty lonely about now, I’ll bet. Might as well put on those red slippers and go march with his base in ChiTown. Hearing all those fat pinko union homo occupiers saying “we love you” would cheer up anyone.
“…we are organizing a red army of masses of workers to destroy capitalism and to build a workers’ society.”
So. Suicidal, as well as delusional.
I personally want for teachers to “reject the contract” so they can, like good little Lemmings, go completely suicidal.
Would you prefer them to jump of a cliff or into a meat grinder?
I prefer the later because they can be recycled into the school lunch program.
“A workers’ society.” That’s funny, considering how little these Chicago teachers work. In the “workers’ society” their Marxist hero Che oversaw, workers were actually required to work — hard — and the ones who didn’t produce quality work had their pay slashed (or worse). Think that’s what these teachers have in mind?
I read an article today that reported that 40% of Chicago’s public school teachers send their own kids to private schools. Can’t really blame them, considering how lousy Chicago public schools are. Fifty percent of the public school kids in Chicago never graduate, and 80% of the 8th graders lack basic reading proficiency. I wouldn’t want my kids taught by Chicago’s public school teachers, and apparently 40% of Chicago’s public school teachers feel the same way.
I think these are Michelle Obama operatives acting at her behest, because she’s outraged that Karen “Lefty-the-Hut” Lewis just might now have taken her title of “America’s Fat-ass.”
No woman, save Kim Kardashian, wants that title
You forgot Beyonce Knowles.
Dear Senator Joe McCarthy,
Please accept our humblest, most heartfelt apologies. You were indeed, right all along. Now, they’re out in the open, and we only have ourselves and a complicit media to blame.
I could not imagine having my children enrolled in the Chicago school district. Or, for that matter, in any public school system at this time in history. Fortunately, I could afford to have my children enrolled in private schools when they were young and they are now old enough that they are out of the grasp of the public schools.
Who would want their children taught by these Marxists? Unfortunately, there are many people who have no choice.
“…we are organizing a red army of masses of workers to destroy capitalism and to build a workers’ society”
So who are the workers in the workers’ society going to work for? Idiots.
Lotta weed being smoked there, looks like.
They’re trolling for useful idiots who want a free ride. (Of course the joke is on idiots, when they learn — once their life is destroyed — there is no free ride.)
There has to be push-back — severe push-back — against these lunatics. This is going to get very ugly.
Used to be when I was a kid anyone who talked about overthrowing the government was put in jail. Of course, that was before the liberals inplemented their PC to subly conquer us. Why are these people still walking around free and influencing other dumbos like themselves. We have entirely too many different factions influencing people, i.e. islamists, communists, socialists, fascists, la raza, etc. All are working to overthrow the government and the Constitution.
Occupy Wall Street
And we doubted his community-organizing skills!
$76,000 a year average salary, 6 hour days, 2 months vacation, 2 weeks at Christmas, holidays all paid and they are the oppressed? Ludicrous.
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Good little Obamunists.
“But if you go carrying pictures of Chairman Mao/ You ain’t gonna make it with anyone anyhow” — Beatles
I’m glad they’re doing this – the harder line they take, the worse Obama looks to both Unions, plus his followers, plus the country at large.
I hope this strike lasts all year long. At least some of those kids might get some education at home from their parents or grandparents – more chance of that, than getting any at school. 🙂
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