CLERGY TO APPEAL TO MAYOR EMANUEL TO END TO THE DYETT HUNGER STRIKE NOW IN 14th DAY
Parents, educators, activists continue to refuse food until Bronzeville receives a neighborhood high schoolCHICAGO—As activists enter the 14th day of a dangerous hunger strike, a group of clergy, representing various faiths, will hold a press conference Monday, August 31st to call on Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Board of Education President Frank Clark to end this dangerous non-violent protest by immediately calling for an emergency hearing on Dyett High School.
Three strikers have already required medical attention and many fear that more will succumb. The school district moved its Dyett vote to the end of September,which places these parents, grandparents, community activists, teachers and clergy refusing solid foods in serious health danger, according to medical professionals. Theprotesters have vowed to continue the hunger strike until their community receives a neighborhood high school.
WHO: Rev. Robert Jones, currently in the 14th day of a hunger strike, will be joined by various faith leaders, including Rabbi Brant Rosen, Rev. CJHawking, and others in a direct moral appeal for fairness, democracy and education justice. The clergy will represent various faiths and represent a cross-section of Chicago.WHAT: Clergy will conduct a press conference to call the “moral question” about Mayor Emanuel’s refusal to entertain the Dyett proposals ashe previously promised; and to call on city leaders to help end this hunger strike as 12 protesters move into a critical phase of protest. The clergyintend to deliver a plea to the mayor in hope that he will act quickly, hold an emergency hearing on the matter, and end the hunger strike.Chicago PEACE (Parents, Educators and Community for Education), a CTU faith-based group, will also participate in the news conference.WHEN: Monday, August 31, 201510:00 a.m.WHERE: CITY HALL, 5th FLOOR121 N. LaSalle Street