CORE Support Letter We the undersigned are union members, members of CORE, and activists in our schools. Some of us are currently serving on leadership bodies of the CTU and are running for elected positions with the CORE slate. We have decades of combined experience fighting for better schools and a stronger union, and some […]Read More The Letter from CORE activists.
Yesterday I congratulated the Chicago Teachers Union on my Facebook feed. I have always been a big supporter of the CTU, even during those years when they had what I thought was crummy leadership. I support teachers and teacher unions. They are my people. In 2010 the CORE caucus won leadership of the Chicago Teachers […]Read More The CORE slate won.
There has been a lot of talk lately about whether the Chicago River Walk should be named after outgoing Mayor Rahm Emanuel. The talk is out there because it seems the Mayor, who will be former Mayor after noon on Monday, has dropped the idea of him getting River Walk naming rights. I don’t […]Read More Hitting Left with the Klonsky Brothers. Episode 113. Talking about equity, democracy and public spaces. Juanita Irizarry and Alderman Daniel La Spata.
The votes this past week in Georgia and Alabama to turn the clock back on women’s reproductive rights were outrageous. As I said in previous posts, the anti-choice forces see the current moment as their opportunity and they are going for it. If you were like me and thought that Illinois was an abortion rights […]Read More If you thought abortion rights were protected in Illinois if the SCOTUS overturned Roe you would be wrong.
Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot presented her plan to restrict aldermanic privilege (aka aldermanic prerogative) to the city’s aldermen yesterday. My alderman, 35th Ward Carlos Rosa, reacted with enthusiasm. Rosa, it should be noted, was one Lightfoot’s loudest opponents in the election in which she soundly defeated Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. Lightfoot beat Preckwinkle in […]Read More Alderman Lopez should be more concerned with aldermanic probation than aldermanic privilege.
State Representative Bob Martwick is a political ally of County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and also is chair of the House personnel and pension committee. After minimal committee discussion, two bills, SB1300 and HB2903, cleared Martwick’s committee last week after earlier Senate approval. Like the state and the city, Preckwinkle and the County Board face […]Read More Preckwinkle pension board power grab?
As you probably know, Georgia just passed an abortion law that essentially removes a woman’s right to choose. With Trump in the White House and the likes of Brett Kavanaugh making up a majority of the Supreme Court, the opponents of reproductive rights are making their move. They believe this is their moment. Georgia’s law, signed […]Read More Maybe the NEA should reconsider Georgia for their 2020 Representative Assembly.
I spent the month of December, 1977 in the People’s Republic of China. This was way before formal diplomatic relations were established between the United States and China. That wouldn’t happen until two years later. But Nixon got there before me. Rachel DeWoskin went to China after Nixon and after me. She was really just […]Read More Hitting Left with the Klonsky Brothers. Episode #112. Rachel DeWoskin.
There was never any doubt that the teachers unions were going to endorse Obama to a second term in 2011. But why the rush? I asked that question as a delegate to the NEA Representative Assembly. The union demanded nothing in return. We got worse than nothing. We got more Arne Duncan. “By endorsing Obama’s […]Read More When our unions made these early endorsements, what did we get for it?
As we have done every year for three years in the second week of May a group of retired teachers gathered for lunch at a Greek restaurant in the western suburbs to celebrate a win. It was just four years ago that the Illinois Supreme Court ruled that the pension protection clause of Article XIII […]Read More Rahm on retirement benefits: “If we can’t steal it one way, steal it another way.”