CHICAGO, IL â€“ Parents and students of Sexton Elementary School, a Woodlawn School slated for closure, will rally at 61st and Cottage Grove and register voters, in an early effort to vote out Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
â€œSchool closings will lead to more violenceâ€ says Marilyn Harper, parent at Sexton Elementary School, â€œclosing Sexton will force children and their relatives to cross gang lines and will result in violenceâ€. Harper says that they are registering voters because â€œschool closings are not about making our school better, they are about privatization and the mayor and his band of puppets making money; we need to vote him out of there.â€
Four students and community members were arrested last month protesting the closing of Sexton Elementary. Protestors held a die-in along 61st and Cottage Grove, a gang line which students will be forced to cross when Sexton closes.
WHAT: Parents of closing school lead voter registration drive and rally
WHEN: Mon. 6/24 3:30pm
WHERE:Â 61th & Cottage Grove
WHO:Â CPS Parents United and community allies
For more information,Â contact: Alex Goldenberg (773) 543-9153