Today I received a summary of the Tuesday elections from the NEA, my former union. A reminder that I was a local teacher union president for a decade and founder and president of my former local chapter of IEA Retired. Yet after all these years I still don’t understand either the national or local electoral […]Read More Can somebody explain the NEA/IEA political strategy?
At the start of the show, I reminded my brother of election night. Family and friends had gathered to eat deli and watch what was supposed to be a blue wave. As the 538 web site’s predictions of congressional wins began to tank and fall below 22 congressional flips for […]Read More Hitting Left with the Klonsky Brothers. Episode 89. Rebecca Sive and Cassie Walker Burke. The elections, gender and schools.
Hey, Logan Square friends. I know this woman from the Bronx who needs an apartment for three months, but can’t afford Logan Square rents because she doesn’t start getting a paycheck until January. So, I just made that story up. But not really. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made headlines of sorts the other day by saying it […]Read More Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez couldn’t afford a Logan Square apartment either.
Yesterday afternoon, the day after the elections, I was sitting in Sip of Hope coffee in Logan Square talking politics with another political activist and observer about the results. About Democratic Party Governor-elect JB Pritzker’s promise to get us a fair income tax she asked, “Aren’t you a little skeptical he will do that?” I’m […]Read More JB and a Democratic majority. Promises made and expectations. We need to make them make it happen.
In the wake of a massive student campaign against Chicago’s largest corporate charter chain’s harsh disciplinary policy, its CEO has resigned. Noble Network board Chairman Allan Muchin announced today that longtime CEO Michael Milkie will be gone by the January. “Given the circumstances involved in his decision, we think this is best for Noble as […]Read More Noble charter, Chicago’s largest. CEO Milkie resigns following “the situation,” a student petition with 6,000 signatures.
I went to bed with CNN showing Scott Walker trailing by a few hundred votes. The first thing I checked this morning were the results in Wisconsin. Walker had lost. Few results from yesterday’s midterms were more satisfying, although as one Wisconsin political activist told me, it will takes decades to clean up Walker’s mess. […]Read More Midterms, 2018. Analyze early and often.
I don’t have much influence in Illinois’ 12th Congressional District. It is in the most southern part of the state. Closer to Jackson, Mississippi than it is to Chicago. 12th CD readers of my blog: Wave if you can see me! But Trump has been so awful that even in 12th CD, the Democrats have […]Read More If the Repugs hold the House today, you can in part thank the NEA and the IEA.
I posted about the Mayor’s plan to sell a painting by master American artist, Kerry James Marshall here and here. The Reader’s Digest version is that Marshall was commissioned by the city to create a work of art for a west side library for $10,000 in 1995. In the years since, the library has suffered […]Read More Rahm decided not to sell west side art legacy while swimming?
One of Chicago’s largest corporate charter school chains is Noble Street. Governor Rauner is a big supporter of Noble. One of their schools is named for him. Last week, members of Chicago’s charter school union, CTU Chi/ACTS, voted overwhelmingly to authorize strike action if continued bargaining fails. But Noble students are organizing too. A current […]Read More Chicago charter union teachers vote to strike. Charter students are organizing too.