'Conversations with Karen...' to continue in 22nd Ward hosted by Alderman Munoz on evening of August 21, 2014

The slowly expanding "Conversations With Karen" program, which involves the appearance of Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis at various locations throughout Chicago, continues on August 21, 2014. The August 21 event will be an evening in the mostly Latino 22nd Ward. Lewis will appear with 22nd Ward Alderman Rick Munoz from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Pollo Real, 3835 W. 31st Street, according to a press release distributed to media by the Chicago Teachers Union. Also taking part in the event will be Cook County Commissioner Jesus Chuy Garcia.

Chants of "Run, Karen, Run!" could be heard along Chicago's Martin Luther King Drive as the float of the Chicago Teachers Union made its way down the boulevard during the annual Bud Billiken parade. Substance photo by Jean Schwab.AN AUGUST 21, 2014 CHICAGO TEACHERS UNION PRESS RELEASE DETAILED THE PLANS FOR THE FOURTH IN THE SERIES OF WHAT IS EXPECTED TO BE SEVERAL DOZEN...


August 21, 2014 Stephanie Gadlin ( Communications Director, CTU .... 312-329-6250... Macey Morales, Communications Coordinator, CTU,, 312-329-6251

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CTU President Karen Lewis to speak with 22nd Ward residents

CHICAGO This evening Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) President Karen Lewis will engage the Independent Political Organization of the 22nd Ward. The event is part of a series of conversations Lewis will have with teachers, parents, and concerned citizens regarding the state of the City of Chicago. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 21, at Pollo Real, 3835 W. 31st Street. Joining Lewis are Cook County Commissioner Jesus Chuy Garcia and 22nd Ward Alderman Rick Munoz.

Who: CTU President Karen Lewis; Cook County Commissioner Jesus Chuy Garcia; 22nd

Ward Alderman Rick Munoz; Independent Political Organization President Rudy Lozano; and Rebecca Martinez, organizer, Chicago Teachers Union

What: Conversations with Karen series continues When: Today Aug. 21, 2014, 6:30 8 p.m.

Where: Pollo Real, 3835 W. 31st Street, Chicago

Background: More than 16 percent of Chicago Public School students require English language learning supports. Yet, bilingual teachers, multilingual resources and CPSs declining Hispanic workforce continue to experience deep cuts. Students who are emergent bilinguals deserve bilingual education that enables them to achieve academically while developing high-levels of proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing in their first language as well as in English. Chicago Schools need to nurture students bilingualism and inter-cultural flexibility, as well as level the playing field for all Chicago students.

Karen Lewis will discuss the educational needs of Chicagos Latino community as well as listen to concerns on the state of the City of Chicago. Lewis will engage the Independent Political Organization of the 22nd Ward. The Independent Political Organization/IPO was founded in the Little Village community in 1983 to advance the needs and basic rights of working families.

The Chicago Teachers Union represents 30,000 teachers and educational support personnel working in the Chicago Public Schools and, by extension, the students and families they serve. CTU, an affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers and the Illinois Federation of Teachers, is the third largest teachers local in the country and the largest local union in Illinois. For more information visit CTUs website at


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