On Monday, October 21st, 2013 parents from Action Now and other organizations in the Grassroots Education Movement picketed the City Club of Chicago luncheon at 111 W. Grand Avenue, where DePaul President Rev. Dennis Holtschneider was speaking. Parents and students held the demonstration to express their concern with Rev. Holtschneider’s acceptance of $100 in public funding and $55 million in taxpayer TIF funds to build a new stadium, while neighborhood public schools are suffering from crippling budget cuts, school closings and layoffs.
A small group of parents and students were inside the luncheon to deliver a letter to the President ask him to meet with students and to return the $100 million in public funds and $55 million in taxpayer TIF dollars to public schools that desperately need funding for necessities like text books, libraries and toilet paper.
Action Now leader Adeline Bracey said, “How can the Mayor take money from the poor and give it to the rich? He closed 49 school because of a so-called budget crisis, but now he has magically found hundreds of millions of dollars for a stadium for a private university? It is irresponsible and unethical for DePaul to take this money that belongs to the children of Chicago.”
After the rally, the President of DePaul agreed to meet to discuss the use of public funds for a stadium!