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Chicago Teachers Union protest pits the genuinely frustrated against Fithian’s trained wimps

Chicago Teachers Union protest pits the genuinely frustrated against Fithian’s trained wimps

Last week, the Chicago Teachers Union brought in radical anarchist organizer Lisa Fithian to train teachers in civil disobedience. This week, we got to see the results of her class when the union organizers put on a protest Wednesday against Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s announcement that he was closing 54 schools for budget reasons.

EAG News’s Rebel Pundit was on the scene to record the protest, as reported by Brittany Clingen.

The issues are not wholly cut-and-dry; children at the closed schools will be forced to travel sometimes far distances, and oftentimes into hostile gang territory. Parents are concerned, worried about the costs, and wondering if the Mayor has been fiscally responsible in areas (See my piece on $110M spend for protected bike lanes).

And then we have the Chicago Teachers Union organizers, essentially jumping for joy. A chance to flex their muscle. After all, this is what CTU VP Jesse Sharkey planned when I reported on his presence at the Midwest Marxism Conference last year. Schools were to be the battle ground for putting for Marxist thought, and the protest was to be “resurrected” and even more fully embraced in 2013, speakers at the conference said.

The parents, those who have yet to be message-controlled by CTU President Karen Lewis, VP Jesse “Marxist” Sharkey, or Lisa Fithian, were there to express the genuine frustration at the situation. These protesters called for prayer in schools and for the addressing of other problems underlying the communities like jobs (see 0:42 in particular):

You sure won’t hear the story that school prayer was being advocated being put out by the Teachers Union.

No, the Teachers Union brought a different sort of protester to this march. The same characters (I’m beginning, unfortunately, to know them by name) I see time and again at the Socialist marches, Marxist conferences, anywhere they can march. Unlike the parents who come out of frustration, these people prearranged with police to be arrested, and then faked being handcuffed as they play-acted the astroturf tactic that no-doubt Fithian had prepared. Oh, and Jesse Jackson was there, refusing to answer what Martin Luther King, Jr., would say about him marching with Communists:

Let me be clear, I’m not calling them Communists, and I think the term is far overused to describe certain Empty-Chairs-in-Chief. They are Communists, they identify as such, and go to Communist meetings, etc. They are the ones blocking parents from speaking to Rebel Pundit as he attempts to interview them. They are the ones stifling debate, and who ultimately became aggressive with Rebel Pundit (video to come).

Contrast the parents calling for school prayer to deal with the sorrowful situation and the Fithian band of wimps. It’s time for the parents to fight back against those the Teachers Union is bringing to speak for them and their problems.

Further reading: Chicago Teachers’ Retirement Benefits Are Extravagant


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Anne – I watched the unfiltered video feed of the event and I’ll admit that a few of the speakers made some valid points. I particularly enjoy the Tiny Dancer bashing, but that’s me. Others, like Jesse Jackson should simply hang it up and go away. His “speech” was some sort of high school pep rally chant that seemed to confuse or bore the crowd.

In the end, Tiny Dancer couldn’t give a rat @$$ what the CTU, parents or kids think as evidenced by his recent ski trip and links to wealthy donors:

Illustrating Chicago’s Murders, Homicides, Violence and Idiocy at

There is a tremendous amount of evidence that the urban schools have been deliberately kept weak to both foster ignorance and grievance for political purposes and to make it easier to community organize. lays out the vision grounded in Saul Alinsky’s vision but now operating in Texas especially as the Alliance Network. The Regenerative Society I talk about in this post works just like the Cooperative Commonwealth another community organizing architect, Harry Boyte, envisions, creating through education. Especially the Common Core and its rarely mentioned sociocultural focus.

Related to the education vision is the reason acknowledged communist Van Jones signed on to push Green Energy. It puts the Government in charge of the economy and they can dictate where the jobs are going. And the intention is to dictate they must go to inner cities to “rebuild” them. One of the initiatives pushed at the SXSW Conference a few weeks ago was the Black Innovation Group and Project 21 and its vision of Inclusive Competitiveness. It is grounded in Obama’s new vision of federalism and an acknowledged Industrial Policy and the use of public-private partnerships.

Closing these schools right as this regional, government/politically connected Business to benefit certain constituencies and all urban areas gets rolled out seems like dreadful timing. They can practically see the mandated shift to Communitarianism and the deferral to majority will they have always wanted from the Daley Building columns.

    Juba Doobai! in reply to Robin. | March 29, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    Project 21 in bed with Obama? I thought they were Conservatives. Or have they been seduced by color?

I’m in public without earphones, so I’m going to make a wild guess, here, based in part on the ethnicity of the speaker in one of the linked videos above.

That’s the black parents in Chicago advocating prayer in schools, isn’t it?

And haven’t a number of black women protested the idiotic gun control policy of the city?

These people are your natural allies. Do not be afraid to look for them and link up with them. If we can learn to recognize the Usual Suspects among the radicals, we can learn to recognize allies among the quieter folk.

Take a look at Zombie’s blog http://zombietime dot com/

This has been going on for years, all over the country.

Lisa Fithian, among other things she went to Skidmore AND her face shows it.

“The issues are not wholly cut-and-dry; children at the closed schools will be forced to travel sometimes far distances, and oftentimes into hostile gang territory.”

“Parents are concerned, worried about the costs, and wondering if the Mayor…..”

For get the Mayor, even though he deserves it! “Never let a good…” stuff.

Since these “Parents are concerned…and traveling oftentimes into hostile gang territory…..”

Did it EVER occur to the concerned, that IF they wanted to, plus IF they care, that THEY can reign this in?

Of course, first the concerned must end the territorial DRUG problem, Gangs AND then Stop. The. Murdering.

On the other hand, maybe these parents like the idea iof and extremely late term abortion aka murder..

I’m sorry, but the Union has no choice but to continue justifying $100K salaries for functional illiterates if only to continue the high dues these morons contribute to the Union coffers because of those high wages (as well as the PAC moneys the illiterates are forced to contribute for Dem politicos).

Anne, get with the program–anything is okay so long as you can say it’s for the children! (The children of the illiterates, that is–especially those who don’t live in the jurisdiction of the CPS system)

Only a few are communists–most are just lazy opportunists who use the same slogan anytime they attend “protest du jour”.

Communism is part of broader ideology which exploits differentials and gradients in order to advance the political, economic, and social standing of minority interests through establishment of monopolies and monopolistic practices enforced through deception, indoctrination, and coercion by a central authority.

I thought I’d simply run out of adjectives to describe these people. But, my moral compass tells me they are depraved.

Henry Hawkins | March 29, 2013 at 5:28 pm

In most political arenas the righteous afflicted and aggrieved battle it out with the corrupt power structure. In Chicago, one corrupt power structure (Tiny Dancer, et al) battles it out with another corrupt power structure (communist CTU) while the afflicted and aggrieved are totally marginalized. If entire generations of Chicagoan children and entire sectors of Chicago have to go down, that’s the necessary collateral destruction of the combatants thirsty quests for power.

    jdkchem in reply to Henry Hawkins. | March 29, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    Wolves and coyotes fighting over sheep that haven’t the sense to get away while the gettin’ is good.

    TrooperJohnSmith in reply to Henry Hawkins. | March 29, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    Aren’t these Chicago public employee strikes kind of a sham, a kabuki for the taxpayers? Or, is it like the Indian attacks on the old TV show, F-Troop? You remember, where the soldiers paid their Hekawi Indian friends to go on the warpath to keep Ft. Courage from being closed. The old chief charged them for the attack: “Fifty dollars gets you big attack, 30 braves, much yelling and whooping, two braves fall off ponies.” More money, better attack.

    Doesn’t Cook county municipal labor relations work much the same way?

TrooperJohnSmith | March 29, 2013 at 7:26 pm

Anarchist? Isn’t a pure anarchist a person who eschews government in favor of each of us getting along by mostly staying the hell out of each others’ way and out of each others’ business?

Subotai Bahadur | March 29, 2013 at 9:51 pm

I admit that I am taking a certain amount of pleasure in this.

First, nothing short of Kim Jong-un’s threatened nuclear missile aimed at Austin, Texas making an unplanned left turn to the shores of Lake Michigan is going to make Chicago any less corrupt, any less socialist, or any less anti-American. The city and its inhabitants are lost causes. Generation upon generation of corruption and dumbing down are beyond correction.

There are no good guys here. If the parents cared, one way or another they would be elsewhere with their kids; it is that bad. Children who come out of the Chicago school system, either as dropouts or graduates, are ambulatory football bats. When they encounter reality, economic or otherwise, they cannot cope. Frequently they cannot read, count, or think logically instead of emotionally. They imitate their teachers.

If the Chicago Machine faces a real challenge from the Teachers’ Union; eventually it will be one side or the other waking up with a horse’s head on the pillow next to them. And it doesn’t matter which.

The only thing closer to that in the political entertainment field is the battle between the UAW and the Office Professionals Union. The Secretaries want an ironclad guarantee that no matter what [read Obamacare] they get quality healthcare free, AND they get their fully paid pensions guaranteed no matter what. And the UAW is using the same arguments that employers use against unions; about money, reality, and having no choice.

I view both as part of the process of determining which animal is more equal than others. And since we do not have an opposition party, or any party that is defending the American people; Leftist infighting can only be to the benefit of the country.

Subotai Bahadur

Juba Doobai! | March 29, 2013 at 9:55 pm

“Let me be clear, I’m not calling them Communists, and I think the term is far overused to describe certain Empty-Chairs-in-Chief.”

How can the truth be overused, Anne? Are we not allowed to discern who and what Obama is from his words and actions? Once discerned, are we not allowed to name him honestly? Do we have to wait for him to call himself Communist? Do we have to worry about the squeamish?

What is Marxism, Anne? Is China Marxist? They would say the are. They admit they are Communist.

So, let’s not put water in our mouths to talk or try to shame others away from speaking honestly. I was one of the first who openly termed Obama a Communist. The Communists in the LSM want us to believe we’re over reacting. We are not. We are just calling a spade a spade. Regardless of the color of my skin, I can use that expression.