Tentative schedule of events:
6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. – School picketing
10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. – Teach-In at Northeastern University (RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1154273181249535/)
10 a.m. to noon – Teach-in at Chicago State University
Noon – Chicago State University Rally for Higher Education
Noon – Labor Notes press conference
2 p.m. – Project NIA Close Youth Prisons march
2 p.m. to 3 p.m. – Teach-in led by Community College Teachers Union 1600 and Chicago Student Union
2:30 p.m. to 3: 30 p.m. – Univeristy of Illinois at Chicago rally
4 p.m. – Fight for Funding coalition rally and march at Thompson Center
More than 100,000 workers in the state of Illinois are out of a contract and are bargaining directly with our adversaries—Governor Bruce Rauner, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, bankers and billionaires like Ken Griffin, who are calling for school closings, university closings, budget cuts, lower wages for workers and restrictions on collective bargaining.
Racial injustice fuels the prison industrial complex by sending poor Black and brown men and women to prison each day. Chronic disinvestment has caused poverty in the state to grow considerably. Law enforcement agencies are under federal scrutiny for the murder of unarmed people and the mentally ill. Child-care workers and low-income parents are under attack. Yet multimillion-dollar arenas, museums and millionaire condos are being built all around us.
Tax cuts for those with higher incomes, a flat-tax system, and corporate loopholes galore have put Illinois in this fiscal distress. In Chicago, the mayor refuses to renegotiate bad deals with the banks profiting off of our “broke on purpose” schools. Enough is enough!
On April 1, 2016, we are asking all concerned Chicago citizens to unite in a day of action by:
• Withholding your labor
• Withholding your dollars
• Boycotting classrooms
• Boycotting the Magnificent Mile
• Protesting Governor Rauner, Mayor Emanuel and billionaire Ken Griffin
• Protesting banks such as Bank of America
• Engaging in nonviolent direct action protests
• Demanding progressive taxation
• Demanding the release of the TIF surplus
RSVP at ctunet.com: https://actionnetwork.org/events/april-1-shut-down
Join families, students, teachers, workers, and all those who thirst for justice.