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Out of the Closet: Chicago Teachers Union Leader Speaks at Marxist Conference

Jesse Sharkey, VP Chicago Teacher’s Union

By Bill Korach held their “2012 Midwestern Marxism Conference” at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University on November 10-11. The conference was heavily attended by members of the Chicago Teachers Union. Union Vice President Jesse Sharkey spoke at one of the breakout sessions. Sharkey refused to discuss his attendance and speaking gig with the Washington Times Reporter. A reporter from Rebel Pundit, asked NBC Chicago reporter Charlie Wojciechowski if he planned to report that Sharkey spoke at the Marxism Conference. The NBC reporter refused to answer and said that Breitbart was “full of s**t.” Pundit was also forced to leave the Marxist Conference after he had properly registered as a reporter. Based upon Google, no mainstream media covered the story

These columns recently covered a report by The Lexington Institute about the radicalization of America’s teachers. The attendance by many members of the Chicago Teacher’s union is a prime example of how teachers are indoctrinated. Here are a few choice topics on the Marxism Conference Agenda:

Session 1: Russia: A Case Study in Workers Power & Revolution
Suggested Readings:
Leon Trotsky’s History of the Russian Revolution by Amy Muldoon
80 Years Since the Russian Revolution by Ahmed Shawki

Session 4: Imperialism: Why Capitalism Creates War
Suggested Readings:
Obama, Imperialism & Capitalism by Phil Gasper

Rebel Pundit reported the new solidarity with the Teacher’s Union and Marxists:

The event was teeming with teachers who spoke about the new found bond between the radical socialists and their Teachers Union. The all-day event, which collected money to support Chicago Socialists and featured a communist bookstore, provided students on-campus along with the radical left community to plan the next phase in their activism.

Becca Barnes, a Chicago Teachers Union teacher and organizer with Chicago Socialists, proclaimed at the beginning of the conference that “the struggle here in the United States has entered a new phase. Nowhere have we pointed the way forward more clearly than here in Chicago with the teachers union strike.” …

After attending the all-day event, which began at 11 a.m., I was singled out as “not in solidarity” by International Socialist Organization (ISO) organizer Dennis Kosuth around 4 p.m, and removed from the premises for “not being a Communist.”

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Anne Sorock reporting for Legal Insurrection was also thrown out of the conference:

The event kicked off with Becca Barnes’s keynote speech. Barnes, a Chicago teacher, spoke about the new era of Marxism in America stemming from the Chicago Socialists’ recent successes in running the show during the Chicago Teachers Strike. Said Barnes, who referred to everyday American capitalists as “capitalist vampires,”

I attended three break-out sessions in addition to the opening plenary. Each began with the speaker congratulating Barack Obama on his win. Rather than allowing discussion, the Chicago Socialists had a policy that disallowed actual person-to-person interaction; rather, the moderator required that you “raise your hand in a fist” in order to be placed in line to discuss. If you didn’t raise your hand in a fist, you were placed after those who did conform and raise their hand in a fist. As a queue formed, the result was that no comment addressed the previous issue raised.

Thankfully, after hours of enduring non-discussion and hate speech against Americans (and being amongst those celebrating a philosophy of mass murderers), I was “outed” as not a communist, told I was “not in solidarity” and surrounded by members of the Chicago Socialists who told me to leave the Northwestern School of Journalism premises.

There are many reasons why Chicago Public Schools are a disaster, but surely radical Marxist indoctrination of teachers and students is one reason. That Mayor Emmanuel would sanction teachers and union leaders speaking that a Marxist Conference is dismaying. That Northwestern University and their Medill School of Journalism would lend their prestige to a Marxist Conference where First Amendment rights are trampled is yet another example of the decline of American Journalism.


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