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CHICAGO—At 11 pm on Friday, November 2nd, 10 people were arrested at City Hall—2 active teachers, 2 retired teachers, and 6 parents & community members—in protest of the mayor’s school closing policies. They were taken to the First District for processing and were released Saturday morning.

Earlier on Friday, approximately 200 people from a variety of community organizations, and including Chicago Teachers Union members, crowded the Fifth Floor of City Hall to demand a Moratorium on school closings and charter proliferation. Mayor Emanuel’s office refused to schedule a meeting between the community groups and the Mayor, and began a sit-in, in which over 150 people participated. The sit in continued until approximately 11 pm, at which time 10 people were arrested.

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  1. Lillian Kass – CTU
  2. Carrene Beverly-Bass – CTU
  3. Tom Lalagos – CTU (retired)
  4. Jessica Havens – Teachers for Social Justice
  5. Jesus Campuzano – Southside Together Organizing for Power (STOP)
  6. Shannon Bennett – Kenwood Oakland Community Organization (KOCO)
  7. Adorphus McDowell – Kenwood Oakland Community Organization (KOCO)
  8. Jeanette Smith – Kenwood Oakland Community Organization (KOCO)
  9. April Stockman – Kenwood Oakland Community Organization (KOCO)
  10. Sandra Stone – CTU (retired)