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Workers want Chicago cops out of schools, parks

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September 20, 2019
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Ariel Atkins of Black Lives Matter speaks at press conference
Ariel Atkins of Black Lives Matter speaks at press conference against cops in Chicago schools and parks. Behind her is union member Sable Russell, holding a photo of her nephew, Darien Harris. Darien was convicted of murder in 2013 based solely on an eyewitness who the police knew was legally blind. (Photo by Vicko Alvarez Vega)

Chicago, IL - On September 13, SEIU Local 73 demanded an end to the city of Chicago spending $33 million from the budget of the public schools, and $12 million from the Parks Department, for police officers. The union, which represents 7000 school workers and 3000 workers in the parks, called for more money for the students and community members. The union was joined by the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, Black Lives Matter and progressive alderpersons.

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