|"Without radical thought, our society cannot move forward." -- Harry Belafonte (M. Klonsky pic)|
See Michelle Alexander's great book, The New Jim Crow, for more on this.
Belefonte at 85, is focused now on the issue of gun control. He's is a critical supporter of President Obama's efforts, calling them "tepid."
|Last night a Truman College (DNAInfo Pic)|
According to DNAInfo.com:
Attendees filled the bleachers and stood against the wall at Truman College for the opening meeting in the second phase of community hearings being held around the city on the district's plan to close underutilized schools. But district officials had a tough time even making a prepared presentation as crowds shouted and chanted. As one official tried to outline the district's vision, someone shouted, "Do you believe him?" "No!" the crowd answered.
Craig Benes, who oversees schools in the North Side's Ravenswood-Ridge region, was even heckled as he at one point said he wanted "to just step away from the agenda for a moment and speak from my heart. ... I understand that teachers and parents are concerned" — but he asked for the audience's ear.
He did not get it. The crowd started chanting, "Save our schools! Save our schools!"The schedule for the rest of the meetings across the city this week is as follows:
• Tuesday: Midway Network at Daley College, 7-9 p.m.
• Tuesday: O’Hare Network at Wright College, 7-9 p.m.
• Wednesday: Lake Calumet Network at Olive Harvey College, 7-9 p.m.
• Thursday: Austin-North Lawndale Network at Friendship MB Church, 7-9 p.m.
• Saturday: Englewood-Gresham Network at Kennedy King College, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
People from some of the cities, including Chicago, have filed civil rights complaints with the U.S. Department of Education, charging that closing schools disproportionately impacts minority students.
“Everywhere, it’s the same stories that can be told over and over again,” Griffin said. “So it’s not just in Chicago. It’s not just in Witchita. It’s in New Orleans. It’s in L.A. It’s in New York. It’s in Newark. It’s everywhere.” The coalition will bring its complaints to a hearing with national education officials on Tuesday.Also, don't miss Ben Joravsky's latest Reader piece on CPS school closings.