Occupy Denver stands in solidarity with the teachers of the Chicago Teachers Union and supports their decision to strike against the corporatization of the US education system. It is the teachers, not the growing standardized testing industry, that should be shaping the education of our youth. Education budgets around the country, and especially the Chicago Public School District’s, have been ruthlessly slashed year after year by our politicians so that they can serve the interests of the banks, corporations, and the 1%, all at the expense of our youth’s future. The striking teachers know this, and we join them in demanding that Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel and politicians all over the country act to reverse the siphoning of money away from the education system. Solidarity for the teachers of Chicago!
This statement was endorsed at the Occupy Denver General Assembly on Thursday, September 13, 2012.