SUBSCRIPT: Who is stalking CTU's Karen Lewis?

Chicago Public Schools Director of Intergovernmental Affairs Eduardo Garva (above with hand up) photographing the CTU/community press conference on the elected school board proposal on December 29, 2010. Substance photo by George N. Schmidt.…EGADS! Karen Lewis has a stalker or two! One of the most interesting things about covering news events is that you get to pay attention to the people in the back row who are trying to avoid your camera. Sometimes they’re the biggest story, as Substance learned decades ago when we noticed a frumpy Chicago teacher at every anti-war event, supposedly on “our” side against the war but actually reporting for the Chicago Police Red Squad (which once upon a time shared Navy Pier offices with the Midwest branch of the CIA — Yes, Virginia, there is no Santa Claus, but the CIA did do domestic work, especially in Chicago, for which the ruling class always had a particular concern.

Chicago Public Schools Chief Intergovernmental Affairs person Eduardo Garza and Chief Labor person Rachel Resnick took in the Aurora hearings from the very back row. Substance photo by George N. Schmidt. Anyway, now, in 2011, this: For the past couple of months, it’s been clear that officials of the Chicago Public Schools have been stalking Karen Lewis, CTU President, sort of. As the two photos accompanying this brief note show, CPS intergovernmental affairs chief Eduardo Garza keeps popping up (and taking photographs) when the CTU organizers and event. On December 16, he was back benching at the Aurora hearings on Performance Counts. By December 29, he was standing in the cold making photographs on his camera phone at the CTU elected school board press conference. Maybe one day we can give him the Dick Elrod or Sheli Lulkin award. Those who remember that much history will get our point….


January 8, 2011 at 11:34 AM

By: john whitfield

" did do domestic work? "

the authors says:

but the CIA did do domestic work, especially in Chicago, for which the ruling class always had a particular concern.

With the advent of the 1980s, and the "Not so secret wars" in Centro America, ring mastered by the CIA, Wm. Casey, Ronald Reagan, Oliver North, and the whole basement of the White House crowd, later revealed in the Iran -Contra Hearings on capital hill, they did plenty of other domestic work also.

Are you still missing something? Needless to say, I am referring to the weapons for cocaine deals pulled off by the aforementioned lowly creeps, which continued big time once the "Boland Amendment" made it illegal to provide arms for the US "contras,", and don't ask me what a contra is. The reporter took a picture of one for you above, the director of inter-governmental affairs. Now what the hell does that mean?

Back to the domestic work of the CIA, that surely goes back to the days of the American war in Viet Nam.

Yes, you know it was “Our War.” Also, if you watch, "Cover-up, Behind the Iran-Contra affair", it reveled that many of those same higher ups in the Reagan White House, like Richard Secord, went back to the smuggling hard drugs into America days of the 60s and 70s.

And then there were the stellar investigative reporters like Gary Webb, and Robert Parry (who still is)who broke the "crack cocaine" stories, and how huge shipments were dumped on Los Angeles, only to spread to every major city and beyond. Good morning "crack babies" of America!

Webb broke the story, you might recall for the San Jose Mercury News, but was then subsequently ostracized, and let go for doing so. Read "Dark Alliance", by Gary Webb, now deceased, Or Robert Parry's, "Contras, Cocaine, the Press & Project Truth.

So what did Congress do with already "dirtied hands" having funded the war against the Nicaraguan revolution, that the CIA dubbed as "The Secret War, Strategy of Terror?"

Ask Maxine Waters, the California congresswoman, who challenged them to investigate our own, on the hard drug question of just how these most addictive drugs are allowed into our communities. Yes, the same communities from which our students come from. The coke just never seems to wear off on the kid who was born with it in his system, and still won't sit down and behave himself, does it.

What they did is they shut her up. Not so different from when those who so vociferously objected to the crookedness of the Bush, (I mean sonofaBush) victory over Al Gore, when those few with a spine could not get the spineless senate establishment to stand up and be counted.

So I agree with the reporters statement that the CIA did do domestic work. It seems to me they have done plenty of harm, not just to the people of Centro America, but to the people of this country.

If they pulled the strings to allow these dangerous drugs into our communities, and evidence strongly suggests that they did.

January 8, 2011 at 11:58 AM

By: Julie Woestehoff

CPS "Get Smart" spies

George, this reminds me of a PURE press conference many years ago - the inimitable Ron Sistrunk, then working for CPS School and Community Relations, showed up and started taking pictures. When I challenged him about it, he said he was there as a reporter for his radio show. "You're taking pictures for your radio show?" I asked. The quick-thinking Ron said, "It's for our newsletter."

Not to diminish the seriousness of this issue, but CPS's operatives aren't usually the sharpest crayons in the box.

January 8, 2011 at 5:48 PM

By: J


I am a teacher for CPS and strongly believe that the only way change will occur is if we ALL put everything aside and truly only think about the kids. We need to work as a team and forget this pointing of fingers. If you were interested in having a good article then possibly an interview with Mr. Garza would make this interesting and more informative. BOE and CTU are supposed to work as a team, these types of articles are only discouraging change and continuing the separation of departments.

January 9, 2011 at 3:14 AM

By: kugler

Misuse of Ed Funds

spying on the public while on a payroll of a school district is is exactly what this article is about: corruption.

Send this guy my email and I will interview him anytime any place.

have him call

(773) 725-7502

to set up the interview

yea the Industrial Unit was also to bring the city together!

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