April 1st: Student Shut Down Rally at Thompson Center

CHICAGO –(ENEWSPF)–March 31, 2016 — Students from Chicago Public Schools all over the city will join together and rally at the Thompson Center, 100 W Randolph St, in Chicago at 12pm, Friday April 1st, in solidarity with the Chicago Teachers Union day of action. Over the years CPS schools have continuously been under attack, from school closures to staff layoffs. This rally is concentrated on the recent budget cuts implemented by Bruce Rauner. These budget cuts will inevitably impact the learning environment of students in less affluent communities. The rally will then partner with University of Illinois Chicago students at 2pm and eventually join with teachers at 4pm.

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April 1st, students will gather together in solidarity with teachers that were harshly affected by the announced budget cuts. Students will rally in support of sustainable forms of revenue. After the recent announcement of more budget cuts and the effect this has on both teachers and students, the engagement of student organizers has greatly increased to over 400 students.

Nidalis Burgos, a student from Lincoln Park High School says, “as a student, I’m striking along with my teachers because I’m tired of inequality in schools. We have, time and time again, been under attack by our officials, and this is our time to fight back as a whole. we are stronger when we fight together, and that’s what we will accomplish on Friday. It is up to us to change the corruption, so we will not only be rallying as students, but later joining the teachers in a citywide rally. This is where change begins, with us.”

In addition, Cameron Miller a student at Phillips Academy says, “because the currents we don’t see are more dangerous than the waves we do,” he will rally in solidarity with teachers.  Furthermore, Matthew Mata, a senior at Payton College Prep affirms that he is joining the action: “I strike because the education I receive shouldn’t be a privilege, but the norm.”