Another cup of coffee for the road. La Casita.


La Casita at Whittier School in Pilsen. Parents and police.

Your sister sees the future
Like your mama and yourself.
You’ve never learned to read or write
There’s no books upon your shelf.
And your pleasure knows no limits
Your voice is like a meadowlark
But your heart is like an ocean
Mysterious and dark.

One more cup of coffee for the road,
One more cup of coffee ‘fore I go
To the valley below.

– Bob Dylan

I woke yesterday in Brooklyn thinking it was Saturday. That would explain the Friday posting of Saturday Coffee.

I would rather not contemplate what else would lead me to be confused as to what day it is.

I once had a principal like that. She not only didn’t know what day it was, she couldn’t remember who the teachers were and kept calling the male fourth grade teacher by the name of the male PE teacher and vice versa.

We all suspected she was suffering from early onset. But after two years she “retired.” We heard she started a business consulting retired administrators about post-retirement career options.

She actually turned out not to be such a bad principal considering the one that replaced her. Such is the administrative talent pool.

Today IS Saturday. Another beautiful day in Brooklyn.

One more cup of coffee for the road.

But word from home is not so beautiful.

Rahm is once again betraying the neighborhoods and has sent a crew to destroy La Casita.

La Casita is the old field house that sits next to Whittier School in one of Chicago’s oldest Mexican communities. When word went out that CPS planned to destroy the building last year, parents staged a sit-in for 43 days until they exacted a promise to convert La Casita into a library. Over 170 CPS schools had no libraries.

Snakes in the night.

Last night I started getting word that bulldozers had arrived at Whittier.

This is the value of a promise by Rahm.


The 2011 letter from CPS promising not to destroy La Casita.

Parents and supporters ran to the school as word spread.

They are still there is morning.

The simple truth is that Rahm lies, closes schools with prejudice that Black children and Special Needs children attend (even if a judge, a Rahm flunky, rules otherwise),  and destroys library buildings.

He must go.

2 Replies to “Another cup of coffee for the road. La Casita.”

  1. Hitler’s Nazis party burned books. In order to destroy the past ideas and records of the Jews and other persecuted groups. The Nazis party burned books so there was no returning to the past. The people would have no record to reconstruct the past. Now in Chicago the “leaders” are destroying buildings for the same reason. There will be only one direction when their done. They are destroying the past. There will be no going back even if their way is the wrong way to go. My way or the highway.

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