The CTU is pleased to welcome three new dynamic, powerful leaders and activists to our team, bringing years of experience to our organizing and political work: Abbie Illenberger, Lori Torres and Graciela Guzman.
CTU members Daniel Burke and Paula Barajas are two of hundreds of rank-and-file members out in the field, knocking on doors, supporting our mayoral candidate Brandon Johnson, 36th Ward aldermanic candidate Lori Torres Whitt and other education champions seeking to transform city hall this year. Read their report from the field.
Every time CTU Vice President Jackson Potter heads out canvassing, he has doubts. Will people answer their doors? Will they take a few minutes to listen? Will it make a difference in who they vote for or the issues they prioritize? The answer is a resounding, yes!
Lori Torres credits her parents for instilling love and respect for education and the importance of community connectedness that grounds her teaching philosophy and her campaign for alderwoman.
Paula Ladin was one of hundreds of rank and file CTU members and allies volunteering on Election Day. In this post, she shares her experience and encourages other members to volunteer because it’s “an antidote to feeling helpless or hopeless.”
This fall’s election affects our schools, our lives and our rights. The Workers’ Rights Amendment is at the top of your ballot, along with contests between candidates for the U.S. Senate and House; Illinois governor; state constitutional officers and legislators and Cook County Board. Be clear: it is URGENT that folks get out to vote on or before November 8, and help us get signatures for progressive candidates to defeat this well-funded right-wing effort to defund our pensions, dismantle our labor rights and destroy our unions.
At the June 2 House of Delegates meeting, Norma Noriega of Stevenson ES, Lori Torres of Monroe ES and Aisha Wade-Bey of Lawndale CA won seats on the Executive Board as functional vice presidents representing elementary school teachers. Congratulations to them and to all the members who stepped up to run.