Thursday, May 5, 2011

City College Students and Community Leaders to Challenge New District Policies

NEWS ALERT: For Immediate Release

Press Conference/Protest: Friday, May 6, 10:00 a.m.
City Hall, 5th Floor Mayor’s Office, Chicago
Press contact: Jessi Choe, cell

City College Students and Community Leaders to Challenge New District Policies

Theodore Fabriek, student at Kennedy-King College and District SGA President
Viviana Arrieta, student at Wright College and Students for a Democratic Society President
Jokarhi Miller, student at Malcolm X College and District SGA Council Parliamentarian
Jamila Onyeali, South Side community leader
Nubian Malik, South Side community leader
Reverend Paul Jakes, New Tabernacle of Faith Baptist Church
Reverend Michael Stenson, General Assembly Church in Englewood

Students, faculty, and community leaders will hold a press conference to raise the alarm about policy decisions by the City Colleges administration designed to swell the ranks of pinstripe patronage workers including politically-connected contractors at the expense of frontline services for students.  Students and their supporters are organizing to attend the next Board of Trustees’ meeting next Thursday May 12th to raise these concerns directly with new Board members appointed by Rahm Emanuel.  Students have already filed suit with the Circuit Court and plan to escalate their organizing efforts to stop the administration from selling out their schools.  They say NO to privatization and the corporate manipulation of the education systems in Chicago to suit the anti-education needs of big business.  They also demand an end to the old Daley regime’s tactic of marginalizing the voices of students, staff, community members and other stakeholders in matters directly affecting them.

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