Snow and rain didn’t dampen community support for teachers on the tenth day of the Chicago Teachers Union strike. Students, teachers, parents, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) members, and community members showed up to support teachers in their stand for equity in Chicago Public Schools.
Southwest Organizing Project, led by organizer Jasmine Serrano, and local teachers organized a community march to unite the southwest community and to share testimonies and strike updates.
The gathering began with a march north on Kedzie Avenue. Afterwards, supporters gathered in Marquette Park field house to hear students, teachers, and parents share their stories.
Supporters testified to the need for nurses, social workers, and librarians to support students. They described the need for teacher prep periods, for class sizes where students can be heard, for support for students impacted by structural and systemic harm including gun violence and food insecurity, for Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) to be available in the language of parents, and for school maintenance.
Students and parents spoke of their respect for the dedication teachers demonstrate daily while school is in session, and during their strike for change.