TIFs are for Kids
Penny Pritzker sits on the Board of both Hyatt Hotels and Chicago Public Schools (CPS). As a Hyatt Board Member, she agreed to the construction of a Hyatt Hotel using $5.2 million dollars of Tax Increment Financing (TIF). This money otherwise could have helped provide for students’ basic needs like libraries and text books.
As a CPS Board Member, she failed to prioritize students and has allowed hundreds of millions of CPS dollars to be siphoned off to be given to wealthy developers and corporate headquarters via the TIF system.
The 3:30 action will call on leaders like Ms. Pritzker and the CPS Board to put children first and to use TIF funds for schools, libraries and parks rather than tax breaks to the 1%. The wider community will join striking teachers who are fighting to protect our children and provide the education they deserve.
Thursday, September 12
3:30pm – Picket at Hyatt Regency
4:45pm – Rally and Press Conference at Park at the corner of Congress Parkway & Michigan Ave
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|FRIDAY 9/14/12Religious Support for Teachers
Religious leaders organized by Arise Chicago will join other community leaders at a press conference at City Hall outside the mayor’s office showing the steadfast support for the Chicago Teachers Union who is calling for:
-public education to remain public
-quality schools for all students
-more resources for neighborhood school
-a recall system that will support African American and Latinos . teachers in our schools
Religious leaders are invited to attend and to wear prayer shawls, stoles, collars, or other items of your tradition.
Friday September 14, 10:00am
City Hall, 5th floor
|SATURDAY 9/15/12What Teacher Solidarity Looks Like
This Saturday, the Chicago Teachers Union is asking for all allies to join in a mass rally to keep public education public.
The 30,000 teachers, school social workers, clerks, vision and hearing testers, school nurses, teaching assistants, counselors, and other school professionals of the Chicago Teachers Union are standing strong to defend public education from test pushers, privatizers, and a national onset of big money interest groups trying to push education back to the days before teachers had unions. Around the country and even the world, this struggle is being recognized as the front line of resistance to the corporate education agenda.
Educators and supporters from across the country have pledged to travel to Chicago in solidarity to rally.
Will you join us? Help us show the world what solidarity looks like! Wear red or your Arise Chicago t-shirt.Let the CTU know you will be there by registering here.
Saturday, September 15
Union Park at Ashland and Lake