The August 2017 Issue of Substance

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Rat on Western Avenue... Carpenters union pickets non-union site in Lincoln Square...

I was driving down Western Avenue on August 16th and saw a big rat displayed. There were two demonstrators out in front of an apartment building being built on Eastwood and Western Avenue. There were . . .


'Members First' grouping in Chicago Teachers Union continues to grow while CTU rank and file demand transparency from the 'rank and file' caucus -- CORE...

July 1, 2017 came and went, and despite the fact that the 27,000 members of the shrinking Chicago Teachers Union had entered the third year of the four-year contract railroaded by the union's leadership in . . .


Dramatic protest gets widespread notice as children take desks to the 606 Trail to protest poor funding for CPS...

I didn’t really know what to expect when I rode my bike on the 606 Trail near my house on August 10, 2017. I knew that there was supposed to be a 9:30 a.m. demonstration . . .


School funding was discussed at Humboldt Park meeting...

On Monday, July, 31, 2017 I attended a meeting on school funding at Humboldt Park Library. The first visual to catch my eye was a list of money added or taken away from schools around . . .


Chicago home of the 'Union League' was never going to name schools or parks or other public places after the defenders of slavery and secession...Dozens of Chicago schools, parks, and communities are named after heroes of the fight to end slavery and begin the Freedom Road to freedom...

Most Chicagoans have never looked closely at the naming of Chicago's public schools or parks, but as the controversies over the residue of slavey continue to rumble across the USA it's important to note that . . .


Second Korea War looms as Trump and American reactionaries replay scripts from the Trump-supported McCarthy years against 'North Korea'...

Let's call it what is is and has been, the "Second Korea War", just as we should have called the American phase of the Vietnam War the "Second Indochina War". Must more accurate historically in . . .


Gulf of Tonkin resolution anniversary marked as U.S. moves towards

Whether the U.S. ruling class every learns from its mistakes is almost always an open question. This week marks the anniversary of the (then called) "Gulf of Tonkin Incident" which provided then U.S. President Lyndon . . .


Emanuel continues TIF abuses after Crain's investigative expose of Navy Pier deal...

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel showed only the contrition he has become known for -- the contrition of a guy who is caught being unfaithful (again) -- following a dramatic and detailed revelation by Crain's Chicago . . .


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