Supporting groups and activists are fighting to represent Chicago’s working families and win strong schools, robust public services, racial justice and sustainable safety for our city.

  • 10:00 a.m. Monday, January 16: Rally to celebrate Dr. King — and advance his commitment to social and economic justice. CTU headquarters, 1901 W. Carroll, Chicago

CHICAGO — CTU members will join fellow trade unionists, mayoral candidate Brandon Johnson and progressive champions from across the city at 10 a.m. on Monday, January 16 to celebrate the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on MLK Day. After the rally, which is being held at CTU headquarters at 1901 W. Carroll, participants will fan out for door-to-door canvasing, phone banking and more for progressive candidates — including Brandon — seeking election to City Hall in the February 28 election.

Monday morning’s speakers and attendees will include two new members of Congress, Delia Ramirez and Johnathan Jackson. Unions and grassroots projects will be there in force, including SEIU Local 73, SEIU HCII, United Working Families, the Grassroots Collaborative and more, as well as some of Chicago’s most beloved progressive alderpeople and allies.

Together, these groups and activists are joining together to fight for progressive candidates to represent Chicago’s working families — and win strong schools, robust public services, racial justice, and sustainable safety for our city.

The mayor’s record of broken promises has sparked outrage from participants — from the decision among her CPS team to abruptly rescind the planned expansion of parental leave rights for CTU members to Lightfoot’s refusal to keep her promise to reopen six desperately needed mental health clinics closed by her predecessor.

“We honor Dr. King’s legacy by continuing to work so that his teachings of justice, peace and equity are realized in the city of Chicago,” said chemistry teacher Nina Hike, who is a CTU executive board member and rank and file member of the Union’s human rights committee. “We are committed to building a multiracial, multigenerational coalition of elected officials, labor partners and community organizations that will fight for the services and the city that Chicago’s residents deserve — particularly the Black, Brown, LGBTQIA+ and working class residents who have continued to be most harmed by the current administration’s broken promises and incompetence.”

The Chicago Teachers Union represents more than 25,000 teachers and educational support personnel working in Chicago Public Schools, and by extension, the nearly 400,000 students and families they serve. The CTU is an affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers and the Illinois Federation of Teachers and is the third-largest teachers local in the United States. For more information please visit the CTU website at