City government looks really different today than it did yesterday — and not just because our union brother Brandon Johnson is now mayor. Huge congratulations to four CTU-endorsed candidates who won seats on the City Council: former SEIU Healthcare staffer Desmon Yancy (5th Ward), longtime CTU ally and clergy member Rev. Will Hall (6th Ward), community organizer Ronnie Mosley (21st Ward), and community organizer and LSC member Angela Clay (46th Ward).
Paying it forward: Teaching enables Mueze Bawany to show thanks to all the teachers who loved and supported him
When Mueze Bawany speaks out in support of our immigrant students or those in temporary living situations, he speaks from personal experience. Bawany was an immigrant student himself, having moved to the United States from Pakistan at age three, and faced the same struggles many of his CPS students today face. But the love and support of his teachers saved him.
Mayor Lightfoot has turned the question of our children’s safety into a grudge match with the Chicago Teachers Union. Her hand-picked school board and appointed CEO rely on mayoral favor for their positions. As the independently elected representatives from all 50 wards, alderpersons must step in. Our school communities are counting on you to stand with us for school safety and serve as a check on this reckless mayor’s power.
19,000 evictions are filed in Chicago per year, and an estimated 25%of those are “no-cause evictions.” This means that the renters in these situations did not do anything wrong like fail to pay the rent or breach their lease to wind up in eviction court.
Let this action serve as the beginning of a positive trend that halts the exodus of families from Chicago, and allows our schools to develop programs that support every child’s chance to succeed.
We should be expecting more from those whom the people elected to lead, but sadly, we have come to expect less from all levels of city government. Today was no exception.
The CTU House of Delegates voted to adopt the following endorsements at its December 5, 2018 regular meeting.