WHEREAS, the Chicago Teachers Union is part of a global movement fighting for the right of all children to a free, high-quality, public education; and
WHEREAS, around the world public education is under attack by neoliberal policies designed to eviscerate public education and increasingly put education under the direction of wealthy, privately controlled institutions; and
WHEREAS, education disruption strategies like charter schools, excessive standardized testing and private school vouchers were innovated in Chile under the regime of the dictator Augusto Pinochet; and
WHEREAS, a current revolt against the neoliberal agenda that began with protests by high school students has inspired and mobilized all sectors of civil society to unite against the legacy of Pinochet’s dictatorship; and
WHEREAS, our fellow educators organized under the Colegio de Profesores de Chile have called a national mobilization for today, November 25, 2019; and
WHEREAS, the Colegio de Profesores de Chile has joined the call of the Unidad Social coalition for a general strike throughout Chile on Tuesday, November 26; therefore, be it
RESOLVED, that the Chicago Teachers Union extends its solidarity to the Colegio de Profesores de Chile, to the general strike, and to the entire Chilean movement in its revolt against the neoliberal regime.