Action Now, along with KOCO, APNC and other community organizations, held a press conference at City Hall to announce Chicago’s participation in a nationwide action against school closings and corporate education reform where we called on parents and students to boycott school on August 29th, 2013.
We were calling for an Elected Representative School Board (as opposed to the current Mayor-appointed board), for taxpayer TIF dollars to be put back into neighborhood public schools, and for a moratorium on school closings. Action Now President Michelle Young spoke at the press conference and was quoted in the Chicago Tribune:
Action Now’s president, Michelle Young, said Chicago schools have a long way to go before achieving the kind of racial equality that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. talked about in his famous “I Have a Dream” speech.
“I wish I could say his dream is becoming a reality,” Young said. “Our education system is still racist.”
ABC 7 News, “CPS boycott called for next Wednesday”
Chicago Tribune, “Activists call for one-day boycott of CPS schools”
Progress Illinois, “Education Activists Call For CPS Boycott”