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PI Original
by Ashlee Rezin
7:56pm
Tue Jun 25, 2013

SCOTUS Workplace Harassment Decision Likely To Hurt Workers Facing Discrimination

Victims of workplace harassment and discrimination suffered a major setback Monday, according to critics of the U.S. Supreme Court decision to not hold Ball State University (BSU) responsible for racial discrimination and harassment of an African American kitchen worker in 2005.

Quick Hit
by Ashlee Rezin
3:44pm
Mon Jun 24, 2013

Workers' Group Rallies Behind Wait Staffer Claiming Sexual Harassment, Racial Discrimination (VIDEO)

Shakita Moore said she was treated less than human during her three months of employment at Jason’s Deli in Chicago.

With the help of the Workers Organizing Committee of Chicago (WOCC), she filed a charge with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) against the restaurant Friday, claiming she was sexually harassed, racially discriminated against and wrongfully terminated.

“They say they treat their workers with dignity and respect, but they don’t, or I wouldn’t be unemployed right now,” said Moore, 20, during a protest today at the deli. “But I can’t just walk away from this, my pride won’t let me.”

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
12:34pm
Fri May 24, 2013

West Siders Say Emanuel Has To Go, Vow To Push Back Against Lawmakers (VIDEO)

West Side parents and activists have pledged to vote out Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his “rubber stamp” aldermen who have not stood with the community against school closings.

“Aldermen, you have committed political murder upon yourselves,” said West Side activist Windy Pearson outside Edward C. Delano Elementary School Friday morning. “We have decided that it is time for all of you that have not stood strongly and firmly with us to go.”

The Chicago Board of Education unanimously approved the Chicago Public Schools’ (CPS) plan to close 49 elementary schools and one high school at its monthly meeting Wednesday.

“The city of Chicago, CPS, Rahm Emanuel, non-elected school board, Mr. Vitale, this message is for you,” Pearson said. “We are the community. We are the stakeholders. We are the parents, the activists, the teachers, the voters, and we are registering individuals to become deputy registrars.”

Quick Hit
by Ashlee Rezin
1:12pm
Mon May 20, 2013

CPS Policies Reinforce Segregation In Chicago, Finds CTU Report

On the 59-year anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark decision to end segregation in public schools, Brown v. Board of Education, the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) released a report claiming widespread segregation still exists in Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and the district’s administration is doing nothing to address it.

In the 2011-2012 school year, 69 percent of African-American students in CPS were in schools with more than 90 percent of the student body composed of the same ethnicity, according to Friday’s report, titled “Still Separate, Still Unequal” (PDF).

“The newest CPS leadership frames the district’s current inequities as an inevitable result of demographic trends,” the report reads. “Their fraudulent attempts to absolve corporate reform of any culpability in our separate and unequal school system are an extension of the resistance that enforcement of desegregation faced in the decades after Brown v Board.”

PI Original
by Ashlee Rezin
12:57pm
Fri Apr 5, 2013

CTU Takes Lawmakers On Eye-Opening Bus Tour Of Communities Affected By School Closures (VIDEO)

The Chicago Teachers Union led a bus tour of blighted neighborhoods slated for school actions Thursday, providing legislators, stakeholders and members of the press with a first-hand glimpse of communities they say are being “destabilized” by Chicago Public Schools’ (CPS) school closures.

PI Original
by Ashlee Rezin
8:22pm
Wed Apr 3, 2013

Debate On CPS School Closures Heats Up At Chicago Board Of Education Meeting (VIDEO)

There was no shortage of heated words today at the Chicago Board of Education’s monthly meeting as Chicago Public Schools (CPS) CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett presented her final school closure plan. Parents, teachers and activists all urged board members to consider the consequences the school actions will likely have on Chicago's communities.

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