Video: Chicago teachers protest charter expansion

CHICAGO – Teachers union activists assembled at 6:30 a.m. May 28 at the Chicago Public School Board before classes began to protest plans to expand for-profit charter schools. The lively group chanted, “CPS says they’re broke. What a joke.”

Chicago Teachers Fight New Charter Schools from Scott Marshall on Vimeo.

Photo: Screenshot from video.



Scott Marshall
Scott Marshall

Scott Marshall is chair of the Communist Party's Labor Commission. Scott grew up in Virginia where he first became active in the civil rights movement in high school, working on voter registration and anti-Klan projects in rural Southern Virginia and Tennessee. He was also active against the war in Vietnam. Scott has been a life long trade unionist and was active in rank and file reform movements in the Teamsters, Machinists and Steelworkers unions in the 1970s and '80s. He was co-chair of the Save Our Jobs committee of USWA local 1834 at Pullman Standard in Chicago and active in nationwide organizing against plant shutdowns and layoffs. He was a founder of the unemployed organization Jobs or Income Now (Join), in Chicago, and the National Congress of Unemployed Organizations in the 1980s. Scott remains active in SOAR (Steelworkers Active Organized Retirees). He lives in Chicago.