Parents and neighbors blockade la Casita against cops and a scab demolition crew.
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This morning, Mayor Rahm Emmanuel, Alderman Daniel Solis and the neoliberal CPS sent a surprise attack against La Casita. Instead of meeting the mothers to negotiate, Ald. Danny “Sleaze” sent cops and bulldozers to meet the community blockade. The blockade turned away a union truck driver but the cops ushered in scab demo crews who proceeded to destroy La Casita community center at Whittier Dual Language Academy at about 10:00 am. FW Vasquez was among 10 arrested defending La Casita from this treacherous assault.
An injury to one is an injury to all. Photo via Tracy Barrientos
Photo courtesy of FW Geovanis
Wiping tears aside, mothers and the community marched to Juarez High School at Cermak and Ashland in search of Ald. Sleaze. Protestors marched across the turf soccer field, disrupting an Alderman sponsored back to school fair with chants of “Solis, ratero, donde esta’ el dinero” – Solis, thief, where is the cash (referring to over about $300K in funds reserved to restore the building rather than destroy it). Solis was nowhere to be found but the message was shared with at least 100 families who were at the event.
Now solidarity funds are needed for legal support and to continue the campaign.
In 2010 and 2011 wobblies proudly defended the occupations of La Casita. The 43 day occupation in 2010 secured the fate of the center up until this point, which was used as a library, community center, after-school center and more.
Please contribute what you can to support the courageous mothers, neighbors and fellow workers who defended this center.
Also, fyi, here is the scab hall of shame – workers & companies who crossed the picket line today:
Let ‘em know what a ‘great job’ they did today.
So rough and tough, they have the cops go in first.
Hauling scab equipment.
Unloading scab equipment
Where these scabs belong.
Rahm’s role in this.
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