PSAT for 10-8-13: A fall tapestry of activism!

psat_logoChicago public school advocates never rest. Here are some things you can get involved in over the next few days:

Friday October 11: Free School Funding Forum with Ralph Martire

  • When: noon-1 pm (bring a lunch if you like).
  • Where: 70 E Lake Street, Chicago. 3rd Floor Conference room.
  • Why: Martire is the foremost expert on Illinois school funding. Our children and our schools need more funding now. Let’s talk about how to make that happen.
  • Details here.


TOMORROW: Wednesday October 9: Education Rally with Chicago Students Organizing to Save Our Schools 

  • When: 6 to 8 pm
  • Where: Riis Park, 6100 W. Fullerton, Chicago
  • Why: CPS plans to open new charter schools in Belmont Cragin while starving our neighborhood schools. Join CSSSOS and other students, parents and community members in a town hall to demand that CPS stop playing with your education and invest in the success of our existing neighborhood public schools.
  • Details here.

Tuesday, October 15: Take Back Chicago

  • When: 5pm Rally and March, 6-7:30pm Meeting
  • Where: UIC Forum, 725 W Roosevelt Rd Chicago
  • Why: Together we can raise the minimum wage, ensure that our children get the education they deserve, make the rich pay their fair share of taxes, pass budgets that provide the services our communities need, and create affordable housing. Join thousands of community and union members to launch a powerful shared economic justice platform.
  • Download Flyer (English) | Download Flyer (Español)
Tuesday, October 22: Lessons from the 1963 Boycott
  • When: 6 pm
  • Where: Du Sable Museum of African-American History, 740 E 56th Place, Chicago
  • Why: Join us on October 22nd, the 50th anniversary of the 1963 Boycott of Chicago Public Schools, when over 200,000 students protested segregationist policies. The evening features a sneak peek of Kartemquin’s documentary work-in-progress ’63 Boycott, a panel discussion with education activists from then and now, and a spoken word performance by an education activist from Young Chicago Authors.
  • Details here.
Saturday, November 16: The Neighborhood Schools Fair
  • When: 11 am to 3 pm
  • Where: Clemente High School, 1147 N. Western,  Chicago
  • Why: Our schools belong to us, to the parents, students and communities we live in. We believe in local schools that are locally controlled. Please join us in a celebration of our local schools.
  • Details here.
  • Consider contributing to expenses for this event here.
  • Sign your school up for the fair – contact or call 872-444-6880


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