Cuts to neighborhood public schools, closing mental health clinics, shrinking social services, cuts to higher education, militarized police force, increased police presence, Low wage employment, racialized divestment from local communities. These are the results of austerity. These are the effects of over 100 years of political disenfranchisement and coercion, of racialized police brutality, and of consistent divestment concentrated in Black communities. For Black people austerity is a word for what many have been experiencing our entire lives.
Chicago is a city that symbolizes economic inequality, political corruption and social control by police in every facet and on every street corner. However, as the corruption and inequality continues to spread all over this city the very corruption and inequality that the ordinary working and poor people of this city are use to experiencing has become more and more visible, so does the resistance to economic and social inequality and political corruption. April 1st is a kind of day that doesn’t come along often enough. Join Black Youth Project100, Chicago State University, the Chicago Teachers Union, Northeastern University, Fight for $15, Jobs with Justice, Grassroots Collaborative, Teachers for Social Justice, Village Leadership Academy, Parents for Teachers, Kenwood-Oakland Community Organization, BLM Chicago, Bridging While Black, Black on Both Sides, Love and Protect and Project NIA for a day of action to let Bruce Rauner and Rahm Emanuel know that closing schools whether they are public grade schools or public universities is unacceptable and the racist and classist attacks on our teachers and students will stop.