In the summer and early fall of 2010, parents, students and concerned citizens fought on behalf of La Casita, the fieldhouse of Whittier Elementary School in Chicago's Pilsen Neighborhood. The Chicago Public Schools opted to demolish the building, though the community fought back with a 44-day occupation, and won the terms they had demanded.
The June 2011 episode of Chicago Independent Television features a dramatic environmental protest against the Crawford Coal Plant, a video of the sights and sounds of May Day 2011 in Chicago, and a video of support from Rochester, New York, to Chicago, warning Chicagoans about the new Chicago School District CEO, Jean-Claude Brizard.
Today, June 1, 2011, the 12-day hunger strike ended and Cub Foods stores in Minneapolis, Minnesota knows the seriousness of the workers united. CTUL eagerly anticipates the management's reaction to the continuing letters and questions that have been coming in from the public. When will the stores have a meeting with the workers?
CTUL asks that the public call CEO Keith Wyche to tell him of continued support for the boycott of Cub Foods:
651-439-7200 - Please see www.ctul.net for more updates.
Here's something the history books left out: In 1921, more than 10,000 West Virginia coal miners rose up in resistance to coal companies who refused to allow miners to unionize. It was the largest armed insurrection in the United States since the Civil War. This uprising, which took place in Logan County, West Virginia, is known as the Battle of Blair Mountain. The miners were met with a private army of police funded by coal companies, who employed, among other things, World War One planes to drop bombs and gas.
The May 2011 episode of Chicago Independent Television features interviews from the "We Are One" rally for labor rights and workers' rights in Chicago, a march and rally in Chicago for a nuclear-free future, and interviews from the 2011 National Conference for Media Reform recently held in Boston.