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Occupation at Chicago’s Whittier Elementary School in Seventh Day

by Sarah Chambers |
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Alderman Solis confronted by Whittier parents and children. (Photo: Maureen Murphy)

Chicago, IL - The energy was high at Whittier Elementary’s la casita, as the parents and their children prepared for another vigilant night to protect their field house from demolition, Sept. 20. Sign-in sheets covered the front tables with ‘on-guard’ schedules and long lists of names and contact information from educators, community members, members of the Chicago Teachers’ Union and other supporters. Sept. 20, began the seventh day of the occupation of the field house at this school in Pilsen, a Chicano/Mexicano neighborhood on Chicago’s west side.

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