We’ve known Jitu Brown for years. A long time social justice, schools and community activist, he’s expanding his efforts to other cities now.
It was just a few years ago we were at Dyett Hight School where Jitu and a dozen activists were engaged in a hunger strike to save the school.
Why did it even need a hunger strike to save an open admissions neighborhood high school in Chicago?
The school was saved.
It says a lot about how the city’s powerful think and act when it comes to schools in communities of color that it took such extreme measures.
Now four more neighborhood high schools in the city’s Englewood neighborhood are set for closing.
But Jitu believes, as as many of us do, that the struggle is one about the city’s leadership. It is about the Mayor and the lack of an elected school board.
90% of Chicagoans support an elected school board. It has passed the Illinois House. It is being blocked by Rahm, Senate President John Cullerton and the Governor.
Kady McFadden’s work focuses on the environment. But she made headlines when she did a #MeToo on sexual harassment in Springfield.
Kady describes the everyday facts of life of women working in the culture of Springfield where a legislator will schedule a meeting with a female lobbyist or staffer for no other reason than to sexually harass them, and the gentleman’s agreement where even men who aren’t the harassers remain silent about those that are.