Organizing for the Common Good

The Illinois Poor People’s Campaign supports Chicago’s teachers and staff in their demands for the common good.

WE ARE FIGHTING FOR THE SCHOOLS
THAT CHICAGO YOUTH DESERVE!

1. NURSES IN EVERY SCHOOL
2.COUNSELORS IN EVERY SCHOOL
3. LIBRARIES AND LIBRARIANS IN EVERY SCHOOL
4. SMALLER CLASS SIZES
5. REAL SANCTUARY SCHOOLS
6. MORE BILINGUAL TEACHERS AND CLASSROOMS
7. MORE SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHERS

When there is only one school nurse for every 2,859 students, one social worker for every 1,238 students and one counselor for every 444 students, this is a willful act policy of violence against our children.

 When 85 percent of the children attending the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) are from low income households and there are a reported 16,451 homeless children currently attending CPS, any budget passed by the City of Chicago that does not prioritize support for our children is a willful act of policy violence.

 We reject the tired and false narrative of scarcity; these are policy choices!

 In the forward of the  Poor People’s Moral Budget: Everybody Has a Right to Live   Bishop William Barber and the Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis write:

 “As the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has suggested, our state and national budgets prove that many of our elected leaders and their lobbyists treasure the military, corporate tax cuts, and welfare for the wealthy, while they give rugged individualism, shame and blame, unfair wages, and a shredded social safety net to the poor …This is a willful act of policy violence at a time when there are 140 million poor and low-income people—over 43.5 percent of the population—in the richest country in the history of the world”.

 The Poor People’s Moral Budget builds on the campaign’s Moral Agenda, which was unveiled last year ahead of a series of direct actions nationwide.