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Whittier Library Holds Out... Chicago Teachers Union officers to donate books

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Up with Parents.
There are more stories about this valiant and dramatic stand-off at Whittier Elementary:


Chicago Board of Education officials continue to lie as standoff moves into second week

Community breaks police blockade, 'Camp Whittier' gets a second night to demand a library for the children

Parents fighting for a school library!

by George N. Schmidt

Officers of the Chicago Teachers Union will be at Chicago's Whittier Elementary School Field House at 1930 (or so) W. 23rd St. on Friday morning, October 1, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. to donate 500 books collected by the officers to the growing library at the Whittier Field House. (The main building of Whittier school is at 1900 W. 23rd St. The field house is to the west of the main building adjacent to the playlot).

Parents their supporters have been staging a sit-in at the Whittier Field House for more than two weeks, demanding that the building be converted into a library, which the school does not have. The Chicago Public Schools has been trying to evict the protesters from the building so that it can demolish the building and clear the land as part of a politically hot plan to convert the entire area into a soccer field that will primarily be used by a nearby Catholic school, Cristo Rey.

According to a CTU press release issued on September 30, 2010:

CTU officers to donate books to Whittier library

WHO: CTU officers Vice President Jesse Sharkey, Financial Secretary Kristine Mayle, Recording Secretary Michael Brunson and CTU staffer and former Whittier teacher Nate Goldbaum.

WHAT: Press statement and media questions

WHEN: October 1, 2010 at 10:00 a.m.

WHERE: 1900 West 23rd Street, Chicago, IL

WHY: CTU officers will support the school parents' demands for a school library and donate over 500 books to Whittier children.

— George N. Schmidt



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