A bus full of people cheering and waving as they passed the March for Education Justice on the West Side of Chicago today. There was an overwhelming amount of support throughout the entire march. Many people came out of their homes to wave at the marchers, and drivers passing by honked their horns in support of the cause.
A young boy handing out flyers on the first day of a 3-day March for Education Justice on the West Side of Chicago. These men were sitting outside of a boarded up home, which is a common scene in this Garfield Park neighborhood.
A young boy using a megaphone to lead chants during day one of the West Side march. Walks home from school will double in distance for some children if these school closures are passed by the Board of Education during the vote this Wednesday.
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The march on the West Side stopped at Ryerson Elementary School, which is one of the 54 schools that Rahm and the Board of Education are proposing to close.
Teachers, students, parents, and activists marching through the West Side of Chicago today, which was the first day of a 3-day march to protest Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Board of Education’s proposal to close 54 schools in the city. There was also a march on the South Side of Chicago. Both marches stopped at several schools that are facing possible closures.
A man and a young boy in a car giving a thumbs up to the marchers on the South Side of Chicago today, which was the second day of a three-day March for Education Justice.
Approximately 200 people participated in the March for Education Justice on the South Side of Chicago today while another march happening on the West Side.
Young basketball players from Dewey Elementary school participated in the march on the South Side of Chicago today, which was the second day of a three-day March for Education Justice.
Although Dewey Elementary school isn’t one of the 54 schools facing closure, on Wednesday, when the Board of Education votes on the school closings, they’ll also be voting on whether this school will see a turnaround of the staff there. If they vote to do the turnaround, all teachers at this school will be fired, and teachers from the Academy for Urban School Leadership will be put in their place.
Many students who will be effected by the school closures joined teachers, parents, and activists on day two of the three-day March for Education Justice on the South Side of Chicago today.
As people were taking to the streets for the third day of marching for education justice, the Chicago Teachers Union held a press conference at City Hall where they delivered 10,000 signatures calling for a moratorium on school actions to the mayor’s office. Afterwards, twenty-six protestors went down to the first floor of the building and sat in front of the elevators to disrupt business at City Hall in protest of the proposed school closings.
While protestors were blocking the elevators at City Hall, many people tried to step over them. Others ended up taking the elevator to another floor, where they then took the stairs to the first floor.
Protesters being arrested at Chicago City Hall.
All twenty-six protestors who sat in front of the elevators at City Hall were eventually arrested, taken to a police precinct, given citations, and released.
The two three-day marches – one on the South Side and one on the West Side – combined as they entered downtown Chicago. Together, they marched to Daley Plaza, where hundreds rallied against the school closings. Speakers, such as this young boy, riled up the crowd before marching to City Hall.
After the rally in Daley Plaza, teachers, students, parents, and activists marched to City Hall and formed a ring around the building before marching back to Daley Plaza to end the day.