Six people were arrested Monday when protesters descended upon the
Palmer House Hilton in Chicago to push back against the impending visit
of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), whose conservative agenda, activists say, promotes policies and legislation that protects corporate interests and disenfranchises workers and voters.
ALEC is slated to hold its 40th national conference at the hotel August 7 to August 9. In anticipation of the meeting, six protesters
staged a sit-in on the hotel’s lobby steps Monday, while roughly two dozen
demonstrators marched outside demanding the hotel cancel its plans to host the powerful right-wing group's annual meeting.
“ALEC is one of
the great nexi where money and politics meet in order to corrupt our
democracy,” said Greg Goodman, protest organizer. “From attacking
workers, to attacking the environment, criminalizing immigration,
constructing for-profit prisons, attacking health care, promoting Stand
Your Ground laws, ALEC promotes the interests of big business and the one percent.”
violence needs to stop today,” said Davis in an interview with Progress
Illinois. “The National Guard goes into communities based on the
governor’s request, when there’s a natural disaster or civil unrest. It
is my belief that we are suffering from civil unrest in this city.”
The city has logged nearly 230 homicides for the year, as of July 22, according to RedEye Chicago’s homicide tracker. More than 85 percent of the recorded murders were from gunshot wounds.
Parents and students are occupying Lafayette Elementary school this afternoon in protest of the school's closing. Today is the last day of classes at Lafayette and 27 other Chicago Public Schools slated for closure.
Energy was high outside the Chicago Board of Education meeting
Wednesday morning as education activists, union members, teachers,
students and parents gathered in anticipation of a vote that could close
a staggering amount of schools across the Chicago Public Schools (CPS)
“All I keep hearing is ‘we’re doing this for the
kids,’ but there’s not been one iota of a discussion about the
educational plan,” said Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago Teachers
Union (CTU), said as she arrived for the meeting.
Three days of marches
from across the city and countless acts of civil disobedience
culminated on the steps of City Hall Monday, as more than 500 protesters called on Mayor Rahm Emanuel to stop closing Chicago’s neighborhood
Parents and advocates in support of keeping West Pullman Elementary
open called out Chicago Public Schools officials at a public hearing
last night, asking if they've ever set foot in their school or its
“Have you been there,” asked Susan
Garza, a South Side resident and CPS counselor, after district
representatives presented their case to the hearing officer. "Have you
been to West Pullman? Because your portfolio is really impressive, but
you haven't been there.”