Teachers unions, allies demand accountability in Mexican student teachers' killings
CHICAGO, September 26, 2017—Tuesday marks the three-year anniversary of the disappearance and presumed murder of 43 student teachers in the Mexican city of Iguala, an atrocity that has sparked outrage in Mexico and across the world – especially among educators and the unions that represent them.
Local educators and their unions will join grassroots community groups in Chicago on Tuesday to mark this grim anniversary of the disappearance of the Ayotzinapa 43 – and to demand action and accountability from the Mexican government, which has been accused by human rights groups of covering up its complicity in the atrocity. Members of the Chicago Teachers Union and the Illinois Federation of Teachers, including IFT president Dan Montgomery, will join local grassroots groups at 5PM on Tuesday, September 26 at Chicago’s Mexican Consulate, 204 S. Ashland Ave., for a press conference and protest to demand that government officials involved in the students’ disappearances be brought to justice.
Chicago is home to the third largest ethnic Mexican population in the United States. Students of Mexican heritage represent a growing population in the city’s public schools, with Chicago on pace to become a majority-Latinx school district – with a huge percentage of those students of Mexican heritage. The 2014 disappearance of the Ayotzinapa 43 shocked and enraged local residents with ties to Mexico.
Public school teachers and their schools are vital anchors in the vitality of neighborhoods and their people – and for local teachers’ unions, attacks on student teachers anywhere represent an attack on their profession and their commitment to their communities everywhere.