Taking Back America By Taking Back Our Schools
An official with the Chicago Teachers Union told Al Sharpton 9-11-12,
“This is our Arab Spring… This is not just confined to Chicago.”
Here is the transcript:
Al Sharpton: Tell us why the Chicago Teachers Union has called a strike? The first time in 25 years.
CTU official: It’s about education justice. We are in a time nationally where our students, black and brown students, let’s be very clear, are under the pressure of privatizers who want to collect off the pathology that plagues our communities. That’s what’s going on here in Chicago.
Al Sharpton: Stacy, let me ask you, what does the city need to do to bring this strike to an end the situation that would be acceptable to the teachers? I understand the historical and institutional problems and agree with it. What would resolve this matter right now?
CTU official: Well you know what’s interesting Rev. Al, is that this is sort of like an Arab Spring right here in Chicago right now. Currently there are five locals, AFT(?) locals, who are experiencing similar issues here. 11 NEA locals have filed intent to strike within the last year. So this is not just confined to Chicago. HERE IS THE VIDEO:
The Real Arab Spring Today June 29, 2013:
Published on Jun 29, 2013
6/29/13 - Two people, one an American student, were killed when protesters stormed an office of Egypt's ruling Muslim Brotherhood in Alexandria, adding to growing tension ahead of mass rallies aimed at unseating the Islamist president. A third man was killed and 10 injured in an explosion during a protest in Port Said, at the mouth of the Suez Canal. Police on Saturday said the cause was unclear but protesters, believing it was a bomb, attacked an Islamist party office in the city.
Egypt's leading religious authority warned of "civil war" after violence in the past week that had already left several dead and hundreds injured. They backed President Mohammad Morsi's offer to talk to opposition groups ahead of Sunday's protests.
The UN, European Union and United States have appealed for restraint and urged Egypt's deadlocked political leaders to step back from a confrontation threatening the new democracy that emerged from the Arab Spring revolution of 2011.
The US embassy said in a statement it was evacuating non-essential staff and family members and renewed a warning to Americans not to travel to Egypt unless they had to.
The Muslim Brotherhood said eight of its offices had been attacked on Friday, including the one in Alexandria. Officials said more than 70 people had been injured in the clashes in the city. One was shot dead and a young American man who was using a small camera died after being stabbed in the chest.
He was identified as Andrew Pochter, a 21-year-old student from Chevy Chase, Maryland who had been studying at Ohio's Kenyon College. The college said he had been working as an intern for the US educational organisation AMIDEAST.
A Brotherhood member was also killed overnight in an attack on a party office at Zagazig, in the heavily populated Nile Delta, where much of the recent violence has been concentrated. President Morsi's movement said five supporters in all had died this week.
In the capital, Cairo, tens of thousands turned out for rival events some miles apart and there was little trouble. An Islamist rally included calls to reconciliation. On Tahrir Square, cradle of the uprising against Mubarak, there was a festive atmosphere and a determination to shake Mursi on Sunday.
SEE VIDEO HERE: