Illinois Green Party:
We stand with the Chicago Teachers Union. Months ago we declared our unity with them, and today we reaffirm that unity.
The battle the teachers of the Chicago Public Schools are fighting is
not one of their choosing. It is one which has been foisted on them by
politicians who have been bankrolled by, and who therefore represent the
interests of, the 1%.
Rahm Emanuel's war against the Chicago Teachers Union is not simply
about wages or benefits. It is about the future of public education in
Chicago and beyond. President Obama and Secretary of Education Arne
Duncan, with their "Race to the Top" initiative, are seeking to destroy
the influence of the teachers unions, to reroute public dollars to
private interests, and to undermine the core fabric of public education
in America. Still, the Democratic Party is convinced that so long as
President Obama says some nice things about teachers and emphasizes how
evil the Republicans are, teachers will sit down, shut up, and continue
to vote Democratic.
The Chicago Teachers Union is leading the way for teachers everywhere by
saying that they will not sit down and shut up. Teachers are highly
educated professionals, who care deeply about the well-being of their
students. They are also highly politically aware, and they know that
they are being mistreated by Democrats and Republicans alike. At one
point the Democrats may have been their friends, but now they know that
the Democrats are just corporate sellouts like the Republicans.
Many of them are also learning that the Green Party is different. We
take no corporate contributions. Our presidential candidate, Jill
Stein, is a staunch defender of public sector workers. Our platform
calls for restoring workers' rights which the Democrats have refused to
restore, like repealing the Taft-Hartley Act. Not just teachers but
other unionized workers are seeing how the Democrats do not have their
backs, but the Greens do.
The Illinois Green Party reiterates its call for an elected school board
in Chicago, accountable to the citizenry, not accountable to Rahm
Emanuel and his corporate backers. Outside of Chicago, we call for
hundreds of citizens to stand up and defend their public schools by
running for the elected school board seats which exist everywhere else
in Illinois, on a platform of protecting public education from corporate
encroachment, and respecting the hard-working teachers all across our
We also call for more teachers throughout Illinois to stand up and speak
out against the entrenched Democratic leadership. Embrace the Green
Party as your party, as the party of working people, as the party of the
99%, as the party who joins you in caring about the future of our
Teachers, we are in solidarity with you.
Illinois Green Party: www.ilgp.org
Chicago Teachers Union: www.ctunet.com