Rahm declares 'war' on drug gangs, continues war on teachers

Fresh from a skiing vacation in Colorado with his children, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel took time out from his war on the city's public school teachers and the Chicago Teachers Union to declare "war" on Chicago's notorious drug gangs. The mayor's declaration, which took place during a carefully staged media event at Chicago's Curie High School, came after he had deliberately spent the opening ten months of his administration in conflict with the Chicago Teachers Union and reducing the effective strength of the city's police on the streets while declaring that he was going to make both the schools and the policing of the city more "efficient." The URL for the mayor's declaration is:

Students, teachers, parents and their supporters listen as Chicago Teachers Union organizer Alix Guevara Gonzalez speaks at the site of the murder of a Marquette Elementary School student during the January 16 Martin Luther King Day march in opposition to the "turnaround" of Marquette on January 16, 2012. One month later, on February 22, 2012, Rahm Emanuel's school board voted without discussion or debate unanimously in favor of firing all of the teachers and other staff at Marquette (and nine other schools) under the board's corporate "turnaround" hoax. Substance photo by Sharon Schmidt.The mayor make his statements following another violent weekend in about half the city's neighborhoods, and one month after his school board vote to fire more than 1,000 unionized teachers and other school workers after declaring ten schools — all of them in communities serving poor children in areas where the children can describe the symbols and colors of the gangs before many of them know the primary colors of the alphabet — under Rahm Emanuel's version of corporate "school reform."


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