The whispering is that there are 5,000 nubile young "idealists" From Teach for America ready to roll into town for Rahm. --- George Schmidt, SubstanceI'm heading to Detroit next week for the AFT convention and will be checking out the Chicago crew, many of whom I know. Here are some articles worth reading on the battles in Chicago. The CORE caucus has inspired the new MORE caucus here in NYC which was profiled on Gotham in a great piece by Rachel Cromidas (Teachers union faction wants to shake up electoral status quo). Rachel gave up an entire evening to hang out and listen to Michael's and my presentations followed by an hour of Q and A (not posted yet).
JOIN MORE ON THE CON ED PICKET LINES TODAY. MEET UP AT 4 IRVING PLACE AT 4 FOR THE MARCH TO UNION SQUARE AT 5:30. Please bring a sign showing MORE’s support for the locked workers and their families
There is a story from The Guardian in Britain, a sign of the international implications of the strike as it compares the upcoming struggle to PATCO, a major event in undermining unions in this country. MORE will try to organize an event to support the Chicago teacher union. Remember that Chicago had corporate ed deform 8 years before we did here so every educator in NYC should see that supporting the CTU is crucial for our own battles to come. Another story was published in June also bringing up the PATCO story.
Here is a link to coverage at Substance. Will TFA make it perfectly clear where it is coming from by sending in the strike breakers? The corporate deformers are counting on it. George writes:
Teach for America doesn't do "boot camp" for this reality. Mercenaries are mercenaries, and scabs are scabs. A mercenary has to have a hole in his soul — but also a little guts. The jobs is not just for a kid with a fancy university degree, a vapid ignorance about reality, and a perfect score on the quiz that followed the most recent airing of "Waiting for Superman". Six viewings of "Waiting for Superman" and a couple of Attaboys from Jonah Edelman, Becky Carroll and Wendy Kopp aren't going to get your through one day scabbing in Chicago. Reality here is as close as the difference between a Latin King and a Latin Dragon, a false flag — crown up or crown down? — that can get you a year in therapy if you are lucky. They don't teach that at Princeton, and by the time Rahm's scabs wake up it will be sadly too late for them.The full piece it at: SCAB TEACHERS NOT WELCOME: Rahm's Scab Army will be a debacle... Rahm's disinformation campaigns will lead to chaos for a couple of days in scab classrooms until the last TFA or New Teacher Project mercenaries are driven out of our classrooms