by susan sadlowski garza | April 24, 2015
On behalf of my entire family and our campaign staff, I would like to humbly thank everyone who made this historic victory possible. To everyone who volunteered their time, offered donations, made phone calls, WE made this happen! To those who canvassed the neighborhoods of the 10th Ward and took the time to speak to their friends and family about this important election, WE made this happen! To those who labeled envelopes, typed emails and entered data, to those who brought food to the office for our volunteers, WE achieved this victory together! To all the people who took the time to volunteer on Election Day, WE DID IT-TOGETHER!
Our victory is one rooted in people power. Together, WE took on the powerful forces of corporate influence currently dominating our City's government. By pulling together, WE successfully harnessed the widespread desire for a better community which exists across the 10th Ward. What WE have achieved together these past few months, must be celebrated and viewed as an achievement of the people, by the people!
I am very excited to have the opportunity to serve all the residents of the 10th Ward as your Alderman. I am eager to build relationships with all residents and business owners in the 10th Ward, and to have the chance to move OUR Ward forward,
In the coming weeks, we will focus our efforts to ensure a smooth transition of office. I'll be reaching out to you for your help and support. Your continued participation and engagement in the decisions that directly affect you and your family will be critical to serving your needs and in effectively addressing the myriad of concerns across the Ward. Do not hesitate to contact me with any thoughts or concerns.
Please accept my gratitude regarding this victory, and I hope you will join me in an effort to move The 10th Ward forward
Susan Sadlowski Garza
10th Ward Alderman-Elect
by Valerie Strauss | April 24, 2015
Lee-Ann Meredith taught second grade in a Chicago public elementary school for 15 years. She is the author of “Angels in My Classroom,” a story of life in her classroom and how her 7- and 8-year-old students sustained her after her husband’s unexpected death. The following post by Meredith, which I am publishing with permission, is about teachers and what they do every day. It appeared on the The Educator’s Room website.
By Lee-Ann Meredith
Everyone knows about teachers. We’ve all been on the receiving end of education. We think we know what it is all about. In fact, most people are not aware of half of what make a teacher. Teachers wish you knew more. Here are some of the things you might be surprised to realize.
1. We are well-educated and specialists in our field. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 52 percent of public school teachers have a master’s degree or higher. Many teachers I know have more than one master’s degree with specializations such as reading or special education. We don’t stop learning when we become teachers either. We must reapply for our certificates with proof that we have continued our education and professional growth in our field. Grade-school teachers usually teach all subjects and we must have a strong grasp on the underlying themes. We are wildly knowledgeable in many areas.
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by ctu communications | April 22, 2015
CHICAGO—The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) today congratulates dedicated union member Susan Sadlowski Garza on her victory for alderman of Chicago’s 10th Ward. Garza, a CTU delegate and area vice president, defeated incumbent alderman John Pope by a margin of 20 votes in the April 7 run-off election. The Union is pleased to have one of its own joining an influx of new aldermen to help bring much needed change and an independent, progressive agenda to the Chicago City Council.
“We are absolutely thrilled that our sister Sue Sadlowski Garza is a new member of the Chicago City Council, which means she can be a watchdog for all citizens,” said CTU President Karen Lewis. “Sue is a warrior like no other, and a vibrant activist who has fiercely advocated for improving the quality of life on the far Southeast Side and who will bring the same passion to the City Council that she’s brought to our battles to preserve fairness and equity in public education.”
Garza is currently a counselor at Jane Addams Elementary and a 20-year veteran of Chicago Public Schools. The daughter of revered union leader Edward Sadlowski, she is a community activist and lifelong 10th Ward resident with an extensive record of public service. Garza has worked with thousands of families throughout the 10th Ward to create award-winning after school programs such as “Safe-Kids” and “Bully Patrol,” and has been instrumental in the fight against air pollutants on the Southeast Side of Chicago.
Garza was one of three CTU members who ran for alderman in the 2015 Municipal Election, joining Tim Meegan in the 33rd Ward and Tara Stamps in the 37th Ward. Stamps, the daughter of late Chicago community activist Marion Stamps, pushed incumbent 37th Ward alderman Emma Mitts to a run-off in April, while Meegan narrowly missed that mark in the 33rd Ward, but has recently launched efforts to start a new independent political organization in the area.
For nearly a year, each of the CTU candidates and hundreds of community volunteers and fellow members have been circulating petitions and reaching out to thousands of Chicagoans on such issues as an elected school board, crime prevention, pension protection and raising the minimum wage. The feedback they have received in the community has been tremendously supportive, as Chicagoans are voicing their desire for change on the 5th floor of City Hall and among the mayor’s rubber stamp City Council aldermen.
“All of our candidates are winners and hardworking leaders with a strong vision for the city and its future,” Lewis said. “They represent the strength of the CTU and we’re proud of them all.”
by South Side Projections | April 21, 2015
Throughout much of the twentieth century, millions of students learned about the world by watching educational films, and many workers learned their jobs by watching industrial films. These films are mostly forgotten today (or remembered for their unintentional comedic value), but looking at how they addressed important issues can tell us how and what students learned about the tumultuous changes in American and global society after World War II. This in turn can give us new insight into how modern media is used for education.
South Side Projections presents four screenings that look at how educational and industrial films addressed massive social change, how that social change affected the films, and how working on these films affected documentary filmmakers in Chicago. Speakers at each screening will introduce the films and then lead a discussion about what the films said about the era in which they were made, and how they continue to be useful tools for social analysis.
Friday, April 24 at 7pm
Kartemquin Members’ Work for Hire
Presented by Judy Hoffman (University of Chicago, Kartemquin Films) and Gordon Quinn (Kartemquin Films Co-Founder)
Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th Street
Chicago’s Kartemquin Films is known for its socially engaged documentaries, but funds haven’t always been plentiful. So, like many Chicago-based documentary filmmakers, they did work for hire to raise money for their projects and pay their rent. But it wasn’t just about getting paid: they used this work as an opportunity to hone their craft and learn about different worlds of work, from fast food to organ transplants to automotive plants. This in turn opened the filmmakers up to thinking about their own relationship to the film industry. In films like Strange and Beautiful (about quality control at McDonald’s) and Roadmap for Change: The Deming Approach (about a radical experiment at a Pontiac factory), the filmmakers behind such classic documentaries as The Last Pullman Car and Hoop Dreams figured out how to survive and perfect their craft. Most of these films have never screened publicly.
1976-1990, 81 min., 16mm and video projection
Friday, May 1 at 7pm
Using Classroom Films to Teach about Race
Presented by J. Andrew Uhrich (Indiana University Libraries Moving Image Archive)
South Side Community Art Center, 3831 S. Michigan Ave.
Despite the cliched idea that educational films were pedantic and authoritative they were, at times, in touch with changing political opinions and social movements. This program, drawn from the collection of the Indiana University Libraries Moving Image Archive, examines how educational filmmakers in the late 1960s and early 1970s reflected upon the struggle for racial equality and expressions of Black pride. The classroom screen became less a place of rote transfer of visual information than a site to examine what it meant to be Black in America. Films like Portrait of a Disadvantaged Child and Real Self were created to explain African American culture to white educators and reflect their own experience to students of color. Others, including The World of Julian Bond and Inner City Dweller, were made by African Americans and represented initial attempts to redress the discrimination behind the camera.
1965-1973, 74 min., 16mm projection
Saturday, May 9 at 4pm
For Educational Purposes Only: The Jamaica Film Unit Works, 1951-1961
Presented by Terri Francis (Indiana University Department of Communication and Culture)
Washington Park Arts Incubator, 301 E. Garfield Blvd.
Formed by the British Colonial Film Unit as part of its efforts to decentralize colonial film production, the Jamaica Film Unit produced films specifically tailored for Jamaican audiences. It used film to instruct local audiences, but increasingly the films came to be used to push the local government’s broader propaganda campaigns. Often, the Unit’s mobile cinema brought electricity to rural areas for the first time. Three films exemplify the output of the Unit: Farmer Brown Learns Good Dairying (1951) teaches management of dairy herds, Let’s Stop Them (1953) looks at the effects of crop theft on farmers, and It Can Happen to You (1956) teaches the importance of treating venereal disease. Prof. Terri Francis will discuss how these films serve different purposes today than when they were produced: they provide a historical record of pivotal moments in Jamaican history, but they also document cultural producers, including musicians, actors, and the fledgling filmmakers who made them.
1951-1956, 56 min., video projection
Saturday, May 16 at 4pm
Urban Renewal and Its Aftermath
Presented by Judy Hoffman (University of Chicago) and Ronit Bezalel (filmmaker)
Black Cinema House, 7200 S. Kimbark Ave.
Postwar urban renewal programs redesigned the urban landscape, ostensibly to solve problems of overcrowding and decay in inner cities. Often this meant the destruction of historic architecture and the mass displacement of residents. “Slum clearance” affected hundreds of thousands of African Americans, leading James Baldwin to dub urban renewal “Negro removal.” The Oscar-nominated The Living City (1953) celebrated these programs as the only hope to save major cities, but as the century progressed it became obvious that urban renewal just created new problems, exacerbating the concentrated poverty of high-rise public housing. Indiana University’s Inner City Dweller: Housing (1973) addresses the failures of urban renewal programs twenty years on, and Voices of Cabrini (1999) asks what comes next as Chicago’s Cabrini Green is demolished.
1953-1999, 85 min., 16mm and video projection
This program is made possible by a grant from the Illinois Humanities Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Illinois General Assembly. Further support comes from The MacArthur Funds for Arts & Culture at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation; Black Cinema House; the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, Arts + Public Life, the Center for the Study of Race, Politics & Culture, and the Film Studies Center at the University of Chicago; and Media Burn Independent Video Archive.
We would like to thank the Indiana University Libraries Moving Image Archive, Chicago Film Archives, Kartemquin Films, Dirk Wales, and Ronit Bezalel for providing prints and/or video files of these films.
by natasha korecki - chicago sun-times | April 21, 2015
Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis hit back at Gov. Bruce Rauner’s characterization of teachers’ unions, likening the Republican to the “Simpson’s” wealthy character “Montgomery Burns.”
“It’s ridiculous to say he’s out of touch because it’s a cliche. But he’s such a cliche. He’s got that whole Montgomery Burns thing going on,” Lewis told the Sun-Times.
Lewis’ comments were in response to Rauner’s remarks before an education writer’s conference in Chicago on Monday. Rauner accused teachers unions’ of running public education in Illinois and said CPS was layered in bureaucracy. Rauner said the schools should be run by parents, communities and taxpayers.
“I agree with that. Power to the parents and power to the community,” Lewis said. ”When he says ‘taxpayers’ I don’t know what that means because I don’t know anybody who doesn’t pay taxes — except for his class.”
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by ctu communication | April 17, 2015
CHICAGO—Chicago Teachers Union Vice President Jesse Sharkey released the following statement today regarding the leave of absence taken by Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett in the wake of a federal investigation into no-bid $20.5 million contract granted in 2013 to SUPES Academy:
“What Barbara is being singled out for is sadly just one incident among widespread practices by the mayor’s Board of Education appointees, and the turmoil caused by yet another top-down leadership scandal is a grave concern for all of us as the district faces a crippling financial deficit. As I said yesterday, there is a culture of conflict of interest that is severely disruptive to the lives of both educators and the parents and students they serve, and it does nothing but create a climate of pervasive mistrust.
“Barbara will be most remembered as the person who was brought in to sell the mayor’s school closing plan. While it is our understanding that she is taking a leave of absence due to her potential inability to lead the district during the investigation into her connection to SUPES, she is not the only individual who may be at fault for any wrongdoing. Board president David Vitale was the architect of a financial deal that has cost the district hundreds of millions of dollars, and no one has asked for him to take a leave of absence. Board member Deborah Quazzo has received millions in profits from her private investments in companies with CPS contracts, and no one has asked for her to take a leave of absence either.
“These are the types of relationships that we’ve been sounding the alarm about for years—those in which there are personal connections between Board members and the banks and companies that profit from relationships with CPS. In a school district that seems to be all about privatization, private entities continue to play a major role in its operations, and if Barbara is the first to fall, then perhaps there are many others who should follow.”
by ctu communications | April 16, 2015
CHICAGO—The federal investigation of Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Chief Executive Officer Barbara Byrd-Bennett’s role in a no-bid $20.5 million contract underscores why the majority of Chicagoans expressed their support for a democratically elected representative school board (ERSB). Appointed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, members of the Board of Education and high-ranking school district administrators have faced repeated ethics scrutiny since assuming power in 2010.
Dr. Byrd-Bennett, the fifth schools chief in the last 48 months, is under an FBI investigation for her role in the awarding of a lucrative, no-bid contract to her former employer, SUPES Academy in 2013. The contract was approved in the same session that closed the largest number of public schools in U.S. history. SUPES offers professional development to principals and has been publicly denounced by participants and education critics as a costly and ineffective public policy initiative.
Now many taxpayers, including parents, educators and students, are bracing themselves for the possible appointment of a sixth CPS chief executive officer in the wake of this new fiscal scandal. It should be noted, Byrd-Bennett has not been accused of a criminal act and remains at the CPS helm.
Because Mayor Emanuel has been steadfast in his opposition to an ERSB in Chicago, the Board’s decision to blindly award the SUPES contract without stronger scrutiny rests at his feet. “Twenty million dollars can put teachers, counselors, librarians and nurses in our schools,” said CTU President Jesse Sharkey. “The mayor has the ultimate authority over what’s happening in our district. This new scandal leads to more instability in our school buildings and more revolving doors at CPS.
“Educators don’t know what to expect when they continue to bear the brunt of the so-called ‘shared sacrifices’ being heaped upon them while CPS officials spend millions on new furniture; dole out multi-million dollar contracts to their cronies; and, appear to profit from the decisions they make,” Sharkey added.
In December, the CTU called for the immediate resignation of Chicago Board of Education member Deborah Quazzo amidst reports that companies she owns have been paid nearly $3 million by CPS since her appointment to the Board by the mayor. Coupled with the nearly $1 million in contracts paid to Quazzo’s companies from 2010 until her June 2013 appointment, the Board’s newest member continues to profit at the expense of the city’s school children to the tune of nearly $4 million from her private investments in companies with lucrative contracts with CPS. Quazzo is a leading tech “edu-preneur” involved in expanding the profiteering of tech companies from public schools.
In another possible breach of public trust, Board president David Vitale advocated for toxic interest rate swap agreements with Loop Capital, Bank of America, Goldman Sachs and the Royal Bank of American that will cost the district more than $430 million over the lifetime of the agreements. Having been president of the Chicago Board of Trade, Vitale came directly from the world of speculative finance, where he often worked with these same partner banks to construct such toxic agreements. Recently, he has refused to consider filing suit to claw money back from the district’s costly deals. The board president is also the former board chairman of the Academy of Urban School Leadership (AUSL), which has greatly expanded the number of schools and funding it receives from “turnarounds” decided on by the mayor’s handpicked Board since Vitale began his tenure.
Board member Carlos Azcoitia voted to turnaround three schools in 2014 and five schools in 2013, but recused himself from voting on the contract with AUSL because he currently serves as Distinguished Professor of Practice in Educational Leadership at National Louis University. National Louis is the AUSL’s exclusive teacher preparation partner.
Board member Mahaila Hines is the mother of Grammy Award-winning rapper Common. She also serves as president of the Common Ground Foundation which hosted its AAHH! Fest in 2014, co-sponsored in part by Aramark, a company that was awarded a lucrative custodial contract in in Feb. 2014, and the Chicago Urban League. It should be noted, the controversial company which been plagued with allegations of poor sanitation and unfair labor practices also took over the school district’s food contract in 2012 following a scandal with the previous food contractor. Dr. Hines and CPS Board member Andrea Zopp, who heads the Urban League, reportedly skipped the Aramark vote.
CPS Chief Administrative Officer Tim Cawley was a finance administrator at AUSL before taking a position at the Board as Chief Operating Officer. He was also quoted describing the Board’s rationale of deliberately starving schools of resources and upgrades when CPS anticipates a future closure or turnaround.
While no Board member or other CPS administrator has been accused of any wrongdoing, both past and current relationships some of them have with companies that profit from their authority over the city’s school district continue to raise eyebrows.
“There's a culture of conflict of interest that is highly destructive of the public's trust,” Sharkey said.
Chicago has never had an elected school board, unlike 98 percent of school districts across the U.S., and all other districts in Illinois. Over the years the City had a series of arrangements, including City Council appointments and nominating commissions. In 1995, the state legislature gave the mayor full authority over CPS, including the appointment of the Board of Education. On February 24, voters in 37 of Chicago’s 50 wards overwhelmingly endorsed an ERSB, calling for an end to mayoral control. A similar referendum in 2012 resulted in 87 percent of Chicago residents voting in 13 percent of the city’s precincts for an ERSB in a non-binding referendum.
The Chicago Teachers Union is currently in contract negotiations with the Board of Education.
by ctu communications | April 16, 2015
The Illinois State Board of Education voted to approve a $89,000 severance agreement with Chris Koch for release of any and all claims against ISBE, even though his contract had expired in February.
Effective May 1, ISBE approved a contract with Dr. Anthony Smith for $225,000 plus benefits to serve as State Superintendent of Education.
Several Board members either questioned the way this was being handled and/or praised both Koch and Smith, but the vote was unanimous for the severance and for the new contract.
Chris Koch made no comment to the Board and was not given the opportunity to make any comment.
by ctu communications | April 15, 2015
CHICAGO—The Chicago Teachers Union released the following statement regarding Governor Bruce Rauner’s notion that CPS should declare bankruptcy in order to "restructure debts" and pension payments, calling his remarks extreme:
“Rauner's assertion that CPS should declare bankruptcy reveals his dangerous ideological extremism and his casual disregard for the damage that action would produce, both to the financial stakeholders (such as pensioners and bondholders) but also to the reputation and standing of CPS and the City of Chicago,” said CTU Vice President Jesse Sharkey.
Delivered during impromptu and candid statements at the Public Education Fund Luncheon, Rauner said CPS bankruptcy would allow the district to restructure its contracts and its debts. The bankruptcy of a major public institution like Chicago Public Schools would be unprecedented, even going back to the financial crises of the 70s and 80s. Squelching on billions of dollars of obligations would produce shockwaves throughout the entire city as hundreds of vendors, thousands of pensioners and millions of people would see contracts torn up, retirements slashed, and the schools stripped of their assets in bankruptcy court.
After running on a platform of "fiscal responsibility" and a promise to bring a businessman's sensibility to state finances, Rauner has begun a public tour saying that he intends to bring financial solvency to Illinois by... declaring financial insolvency. “Don't be fooled by the Carhartt jacket and folksy commercials—this is no small business plan—it is a leveraged buyout from the governor’s world of predatory high finance,” Sharkey continued. “CPS bankruptcy would allow the state’s chief executive to strip the public schools of the assets he wants to keep—tuition dollars and billions of dollars of real estate, while dumping the parts that everyone who works for a living really needs to put food on the table—pensions, contracts for vendors, and wages for CPS workers.
“Rauner is approaching the public schools in much the same way he approached a leveraged buyout at his hedge fund—borrow money and use it to take control of a company, then strip that company of its valuable assets,” Sharkey said.
Ironically, it was CPS’s takeover by power players from the corporate world and realm of finance (Tim Cawley, former CAO of Motorola; David Vitale, former president of the Board of Trade) which has led to the bond downgrades, creative accounting and troubles that have allowed Rauner to even get a hearing for this idea in the first place.
by Coalicion Trinacional en Defensa de la Educacion Publica and Asamblea Nacional Popular | April 15, 2015
The attack on public education is international, which is why the fight for the 43 students from the Isidro Burgos Normal School in Ayotzinapa, who were disappeared in Iguala, Guerrero, Mexico to be returned alive; and for the repeal of the neoliberal education reform of the Mexican government, is a banner that unites the international fight, of teachers, students, mothers and fathers together with our communities to preserve education as a social right; an education that is scientific, secular, free, humanistic and for emancipation.
Internationally we are experiencing the criminalization of social struggles, an increasing use of police and military action by the State to exercise its power, and as a means to attempt to strip us of our rights. The repression of youth is particularly serious, as the murder of African-Americans and migrants in the United States, the murder of students in Honduras, in Mexico and other countries demonstrate.
The crime committed by the State in Ayotzinapa is part of the distorted politics of an illegitimate government that is breaking the social contract established by the Mexican Revolution and which seeks to corporatize the right to education and culture.
After six months of fighting for the disappeared students to be returned alive, Ayotzinapa has become a focal point for the indignation and resentment of the imposition of politics and reforms that are incompatible with the national interest of all Mexicans. The crime against humanity committed against the students from Ayotzinapa was intended to instill fear, in order to paralyze students, professors and the general public into not resisting the neoliberal reforms that are stripping away their civil rights: but it failed.
The 35 years of resistance and development of educational alternatives by the National Coordinator of Education Workers (CNTE), together with the unfolding nationwide movement demanding that the 43 Ayotzinapa students be returned alive, have shown that the people of Mexico are confronted with a government that criminalizes social struggles and hands over its national sovereignty; not only by giving away Mexico’s natural and energy resources, but by willingly embracing the U.S. intervention embodied in Plan Merida.
The testimonies about the struggles of education workers and social organizations in Chicago and California in the United States, Ecuador, Brazil, Argentina, Costa Rica, Canada, England, and France, prove that the policies to privatize education, of funding university education with loans that enslave students with insurmountable debt for the rest of their lives, of teacher layoffs based on punitive forms of evaluation, of the closure of public schools based on standardized tests results, in order to later reopen them as charter schools, just like the campaigns to discredit the teaching profession, teacher-training schools (normales), as well as education workers’ unions, are all global policies, designed by international organizations such as the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and instruments of transnational capital and governments in all of our countries.
In the case of Mexico, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has been the great dictator of policies that privatize education and strip away labor rights. The Ministry of Public Education (SEP) has become subordinate to its dictates and to the lackeys of the transnational companies and public-spending parasites such as the “Mexicanos Primero” group. The global economic and political crisis is a product of the voracity of big capital, austerity programs and the cuts in public spending that were promised to us represent new threats and the possibility of the destruction of public services and erosion of social rights such aseducation, healthcare, and housing. Judging by the results of their implementation in previous decades, we know this will further exacerbate the social crisis that we are living under in each of our countries. We have established that in each of our countries, we are living in a crisis of the legitimacy of our political institutions and electoral processes, which compels us to create new forms of organization that will guarantee truly democratic participation and representation at the grassroots level.
In response to all of the above, the participants in the INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF SOLIDARITY WITH AYOTZINAPA AND FOR THE REPEAL OF EDUCATIONAL REFORM call for:
- An end to the interference of the international organizations, in public policies in order to take away our rights. We demand the cancellation of the contracts with the Organization for E c o n o m i c C o - o p e r a t i o n a n d Development (OCED), to stop the use of standardized tests for students and using them as instruments of exclusion, control, and layoffs in evaluating teachers. Stop the privatization of education, health, social security, housing and other social rights.
- The implementation of public budgets that will guarantee the right to education and of decent conditions for the successful realization of teaching learning processes. No more austerity for the people and accumulation of wealth for the entrepreneurial elite.
- The defense of teacher training schools and of the teaching profession.
- Reiterate our commitment to give broad support to the actions of the fathers and mothers of the disappeared students from the rural school at Ayotzinapa, in their demand that their children be returned alive.
- Support for the three caravans of students and family members of the 43 disappeared students, that are traveling in the United States and will meet in Washington, D.C. on the April 26, 2015 Global Day of Action, as well as support the future caravans in Canada and other countries. Demand that the Mexican government respect the rights of the participants in the caravans and that it abstain from any retaliation against them and their family members upon their return to Mexico.
- The end of repression and the criminalization of social struggles. We condemn the assassination of the students in Honduras at the hands of the police and the military and we demand the government of Honduras punish those responsible for that despicable crime.
- We reiterate our commitment to maintain solidarity with the Mexican teachers of the National Coordinator of Education Workers (CNTE) and for the repeal of neoliberal education reform. We support CNTE’s decision to organize and promote a National Strike. We will be ready to support these actions when they are launched.
- The end of repression and the immediate release of all political prisoners in Mexico and Latin America.
SPECIAL RESOLUTION: We strongly condemn the systematic repression and the continued harassment that the student and parent community of Ayotzinapa are repeatedly subjected to while they continue to demand that the 43 disappeared students be returned alive.
We condemn the new police aggression against the students of Raul Isidro Burgos School, on March 28, where 6 students were injured, two of them had to be hospitalized, and two more were forcibly held in the offices of the University Institute of Police Science (INFOCAP), for 3 hours where they were subjected to abusive treatment that left visible injuries in different parts of their bodies.
We demand the Mexican government cease this systematic repression and we reiterate our solidarity with the three principal demands of the community of fathers, mothers, and students of the Teachers’ School at Ayotzinapa.
- The 43 disappeared students be returned alive.
- Stop the repression and criminalization of the Teachers’ School “Raul Isidro Burgos” in Ayotzinapa.
- Punishment of those responsible for planning and carrying out the assassination of the 3 students on September 26 and 27, 2014, and for the execution of the 2 Ayotzinapa students on December 12, 2011.
This international conference resolves to intensify the communication among our organizations, give greater visibility to our actions to transform education and coordinate and share our struggles to create an education for liberation become a reality that expands consciousness, builds democratic societies with social justice for all, and that eradicate poverty and the exploitation of labor by capital.
¡They were taken alive, we want them back alive!
National Educators Union of Ecuador (UNE). Social Network for Public Education in the Americas, Red SEPA. Justice in Ayotzinapa, Chicago Committee, USTIRED2, Caravana 43. Latinamerican Coalition for Ayotzinapa, Los Angeles, Caravana 43. Mothers and Fathers of the 43 disappeared Ayotzinapa students. National Coordinator of Education Workers (CNTE). State Coordinator of Education Workers of Guerrero (CETEG). Trinational Coalition in Defense of Public Education, Mexican Section. Trinational Coalition to Defend Public Education, U.S. Section. Union of Academic Workers at the Autonomous University of Chapingo (STAUACH). Union of Nuclear Industry Workers (SUTIN). Union of Workers at the Autonomous University of Mexico City (SUTUACM). Independent Union of Workers at the Metropolitan Autonomous University (SITUAM)
Ayotzinapa, Guerrero. March 28, 2015