Philly & Chicago: Fighting for Public Education!

Hey it’s Sharron again!

So I’ve been in The Windy City for two days now. Chicago feels a lot like and looks like Philly. Yesterday we marched through the Southside of Chicago. We were with a lot of people fighting to keep their schools open. We marched, we chanted and then we ate dinner together. There are three marches happening at the same time. One from The Northside, one from the south side, and one from the west side.

Me at a march in Chicago!

That night we went to a church where we took part in a civil disobedience training. I played the role of a police officer. We also shared stories about our fight in Philadelphia with members from Action United. The people in Chicago were listening to us and asking for advice. We slept in the church that night.

A rally at Peabody Elementary!

Today we went Peabody Elementary school and rallied with them before marching. Me and Hiram left early to go to the teachers union office to prepare for the rally later today where I’ll be speaking. We got to meet the president of the Chicago Teacher’s Union, Karen Lewis. She was really nice. She said it was so good to have Philly in the house and had heard about our walk out. She said she was really impressed.

Me, Hiram, and Karen Lewis! This was really exciting.

I’m having fun and I’ve gotten to meet a lot of really nice people in Chicago. They say they’re happy to have us in Chicago and that students in Philly are doing some amazing work.

I can’t wait to go back and rally some more today.

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