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Court for those arrested at Bank of America set for March 11...

The 16 protesters arrested at Bank of America.The 16 teachers and others arrested during a sit-in at the Bank of American on LaSalle St. in Chicago during the recent protest will appear in court on March 11, according to some of those arrested. The sit-in at the Bank of America that resulted in the arrests was part of the massive (more than 3,000 people, most of them members of the Chicago Teachers Union) protests against bank and City Hall financial policies.

The protests eventually moved south from the Bank of America building on LaSalle St. to the Congress Expressway, where the protesters for a time blocked one of the nation's most important Interstate highways. They then headed north to City Hall and the Daley Plaza, where after speeches the event ended.

The February 4, 2016 press release from the Chicago Teachers Union stated as follows:

Negotiations continued today between CTU, Board of Ed following Thursdays march of thousands through Loop

CHICAGOMore than 3,000 Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) rank-and-file members, parents, students, public education supporters, union allies and community organizations representing all backgrounds braved freezing winter temperatures last night in marching throughout the Loop in support of the Unions efforts in securing a fair contract for the city and schools Chicagos students deserve. In an act of civil disobedience, 16 CTU members (pictured) staged a sit-in in the Bank of America (BOA) branch at 135 S. LaSalle, and were subsequently arrested and detained by Chicago police.

The arrestees demanded that Chicago BOA President Paul Lambert begin negotiations with the Union and the district for the return of the toxic swap termination money paid out to CPS. All 16 arrestees were released last night shortly before midnight.

Rahm has money for the banks but not for our students, said teacher Sarah Chambers, one of the arrestees. When its reached a point where teachers are occupying banks to make their voices heard, it shows that we need an elected school board.

The march came two days after Mayor Rahm Emanuels handpicked Chicago Public Schools (CPS) CEO Forrest Claypool declared war on public school educators by threatening $100 million in classroom cuts roughly 1,000 layoffs and just one day after the CTU withdrew nearly $1 million from Bank of America.

The CTU closed its BOA savings account in protest of that bank and other financial institutions that sold CPS toxic interest rate swaps and are demanding a payout of at least $228 million almost the exact same amount as cuts enacted by the Chicago Board of Education to schools and special education.

Fact finding continued today between the CTU and the Board of Ed, and the CTU continues its series of non-violent direct actions with a canvass this afternoon from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the 95th Street Red Line station in conjunction with SEIU Healthcare Illinois & Indiana and Amalgamated Transit Union locals 241 and 308.

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The Chicago Teachers Union represents nearly 27,000 teachers and educational support personnel working in the Chicago Public Schools, and by extension, the more than 400,000 students and families they serve. The CTU is an affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers and the Illinois Federation of Teachers and is the third largest teachers local in the United States and the largest local union in Illinois. For more information please visit CTUs website at www.ctunet.com.

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