One year ago, members of the Chicago Teachers Union walked off the job and called for a historic strike, demanding fair working conditions and compensation. Backed by community members, teachers stood up to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel and the Chicago Board of Education. The strike reminded Chicago and the entire country of the importance of strong support for public sector schools and against the privatization of our communities' most valuable resource, its education.
At the national office of Interfaith Worker Justice (right here in Chicago), staffers and supporters proudly walked alongside CTU members at picket lines each morning outside our neighborhood schools. People of faith from Massachusetts to California kept the brave striking CTU teachers and Chicago school children in their prayers. Many offered prayers aloud. Check out some of the prayers neighbors shared last year:
As we remember the many lessons the teachers of Chicago's public schools, especially as students in Philadelphia are back in classrooms with fewer teachers and support staff, let us remember and honor the special contributions of public school educators. Let us honor our communities by supporting those who nurture and inspire the future generations of local business owners, workers, faith leaders and community officials.
Click here to share a special lesson from the CTU strike last fall or offer a special prayer for our school teachers!