The revolution will not be standardized.
The assault on public education started here.
It needs to end here.
Karen Lewis, CTU President
of course the teachers march
in Chicago. they know
& honor the history
of the many standing
against the tyranny
of the few
this is a union town
Most radical of all American cities:…
Big Bill Haywood’s town
Nelson Algren would say
this is a fight
against a mayor who is anti-union
who sold unions out in NAFTA
and the Clinton white house
the teachers strike for the heart & future
of public education
in this city
in this country.
after decades of republican-democrat strides
toward charters. toward the right
of public education being privatized.
they strike against Arne Duncan
Obama’s architect of standardized education
that privileges the privileged, whose kids are in the suburbs
or University of Chicago lab schools
the teachers strike
in the Chicago Tradition
allied with trade unionists
and Pullman Porters. in solidarity
with the Haymarket Martyrs
and Republic Window workers.
the teachers honor those who died
in the 1937 Memorial Day massacre
when cops shot steel workers.
they honor those who build
the country, who ensured the 8-hour day
in the name of;
& Rudy Lozano
Addie Wyatt &
his red socks
in solidarity, he rocks, from the grave.
he would’ve been on this picket line
with the teachers
fighting the good fight
in the long haul
standing with the many
against the tyranny of the few.
standing with the teachers
firmly rooted on the shoulders of giants
in the great & honorable
the good fight
fighting for the future
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