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CPS graduate and GoodKids MadCity leader Miracle Boyd is among a new generation of Black youth putting their lives on the line against police-supported white supremacy.

CHICAGO, July 18, 2020—As the nation reeled from the death of beloved civil rights activists Congressman John Lewis and the Rev. C.T. Vivian, we learned of the pepper-spraying and beating of a new generation of leaders for rallying against a despised public monument to white supremacy. 

Lewis and Vivian taught us to lead with love for the dispossessed, the disenfranchised and the downtrodden. And that love includes the moral imperative to make “good trouble” that disrupts the status quo and challenges injustice at every turn. When a Chicago police officer knocked out the teeth of Black, female youth organizer Miracle Boyd on Friday night, the spirits of Lewis and Vivian were with her and her fellow protesters, who were demanding the removal of a statue celebrating genocidal colonizer Christopher Columbus. 

Miracle was a CPS student, and an advocate for her educators. She is among our best and brightest, who fought school closings and stood shoulder to shoulder with Chicago Teachers Union members on picket lines. Headed to DePaul University in the fall, she is our hope, and our future. 

She is our John Lewis and C.T. Vivian. 

Our union will continue to call for the removal of Chicago police from our schools. We will continue to fight for city resources to fund mental health, public education and economic development in communities long suffering from neglect.    

We mourn the loss of heroes in Lewis and Vivian, while we are enraged at yet another round of abuse and criminalization of our Black and Brown youth. We must defeat white supremacy and force a national reckoning that at last gives each and every American the dignity and hope we all deserve. 

Congressman Lewis and Rev. Vivian would urge us to stand strong and carry on, because our very lives depend on it. So we will do so by demanding the release of every protester in jails from Chicago to Portland, and demanding democratic rights for every person of color in Chicago and across the nation.

And we will protect youth like Miracle at all costs.