#WeareDyett too! Call the Mayor, 312-744-3300
We at Parents 4 Teachers express our strongest solidarity with and deepest concern for the health and well-being of Chicago’s Dyett 12, who initiated a hunger strike nearly two weeks ago to urge city and CPS leaders to re-open Dyett High School (which the Board of Education voted to phase out in February 2012) as an open-enrollment, public, neighborhood high school. For years, Mayor Emanuel and his appointed Board of Education has undermined and stalled decision-making on this community-driven proposal to re-open the Bronzeville high school—the last public, neighborhood high school in this historic African American neighborhood—as the Dyett Global Leadership and Green Technology High School (see proposal here).
As an action of last-resort to the years of stalling and underhandedness of Mayor Emanuel and his appointed/unelected Board of Education, these courageous parents, grandparents and community members are putting their bodies on the line so their children and children across Chicago can have high quality, equitable and joyous public schools.
Because of the media blackout on the #FightForDyett hunger strike, P4T, like so many others, has taken to social media to get the word out. We are regularly posting on Twitter (follow us at @P4TChicago) and P4T FB. And most importantly, we have been going to Dyett at 555 E. 51st (they are generally there from 10-3) to support the hunger strikers in any way we can. Please join us!
Here are other ways that you can help now:
- Call the Mayor’s office at 312-744-3300 and urge him to meet with the Hunger Strikers ASAP and express your support for the Dyett Global Leadership and Green Technology proposal. Also, call your Alderman to put pressure on the Mayor.
- Attend the #FightForDyett Solidarity and Cultural Event Friday, August 28, 5:00-7:00pm at Operation Push, 50th & Drexel; bring your music, poetry and love to uplift the Hunger Strikers.
- See the Teachers for Social Justice website and Dyett GLGT FB page for action alerts and updates.
For more information about this important struggle for our children and public education, please see the following:
Phantoms Playing Double-Dutch: Why the Fight for Dyett is Bigger than One Chicago School Closing | Eve L. Ewing, August 26, 2015
Fight for Dyett High School Hunger Strike—Day 8 | CNNiReport, August 25, 2015
In Chicago, Hunger Strikers Fight for a High School | Washington Post, August 26, 2015
Dyett Hunger-Strikers Vow to Continue Fight | Chicago Sun-Times, August 26, 2015
Two School Board Members Press for Resolution of Dyett High Controversy | Catalyst, August 26, 2015
Teachers, Parents, Rail Against CPS Budget, Dyett Hunger Striker Collapses | DNAInfo, August 26, 2015
Dyett Hunger Strikers Gain Support; Striker Collapses at CPS Board Meeting | Chicago Tribune, August 26, 2015
Chicago Parents Launch Hunger Strike for Community Input in School’s Future | Reel News, August 23, 2015