Support the Hunger Strike for the Dyett Global Leadership and Green Technology High School
12 Parents, grandparents, community members and supporters from around Chicago started a hunger strike on August, 17th.
On September 19th, day 34, the hunger strikers have ended this phase of the #FightForDyett. The hunger strike is over, but the fight for a community driven sustainable green technology high school continues. The hunger strike forced CPS to stop their delaying tactics and commit to re-opening Dyett as a publicly accountable neighborhood high school. The hunger strike prevented the privatization of Dyett, but there is still work to be done. The #FightForDyett continues.
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Their demand is simple. Rahm Emanuel and his appointed school board needs to follow the community's wishes and use the now shuttered Dyett High School Building at 555E 51st St. for the innovative, academically excellent and culturally connected Dyett Global Leadership and Green Technology High School.
While Mayor Emanuel has now committed to re-open a district run ope-enrollment at the Dyett site, he did not honor 90% of what the Coalition to Revitalize Dyett presented in their proposal.
2. Global leadership/ world studies curriculum.
3. Duane Turner as the school principal, who was selected by Coalition to Revitalize Dyett.
4. Fully elected local school council in year 1.
5. Coalition to Revitalize Dyett represented on design/planning team with 6 members in prominent positions. Those who paid protesters to support closing Dyett cannot be on planning team.
6. The school must retain the name Walter H. Dyett
7. Vertical curricular alignment with the 6 feeder schools identified in the Coalition proposal.
8. Community school (open till 8pm daily, with programs and resources for parents, students and the community.)
The Coalition to Revitalize Dyett did not just fight to keep their school open. They fought for an innovative sustainable community schhool village. You can read the 53 page Dyett Global Leadership and Green Technology HS proposal here.
Donate funds to help the hunger strikers at the location or by clicking here.
Follow the #FightForDyett and #WeAreDyett on Twitter and Facebook - Spread the word to put pressure on the mayor and his appointed board of education.
Call Rahm Emanuel at 312 744-3300 and demand that he honor the innovative community plan for the creation of the Dyett Global Leadership and Green Technology High School.
You can come to show your support for the strikers at the Dyett location 555 E. 51st St. between 10 am and 3 pm most days.
For media inquiries please contact Jawanza Malone at firstname.lastname@example.org or 312 805-4326
The above link will take you to a page of collected links to media coverage and blog posts about the Dyett hunger strike as well as selected videos, memes and photos. If you come across something that should be on this page please contact Phil Cantor at email@example.com.
Video of the announcement of the hunger strike - Please share!
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These are the faces of the #FightForDyett
|Anna Jones is an empathic Bronzeville parent of 4 and community leader, parent advisory council member at Woodson and parent mentor.|
|April Stogner is a lifelong Bronzeville resident, mother of three, grandmother three. Education leader and advocate, proud KOCO leader and member of the MidSouth Education Association.|
|Cathy Dale is a former CPS parent, LSC member at Mollison and King College Prep. Member of KOCO, Trinity United Church of Christ and proud grandmother of a 6 week old.|
|Dr. Monique Redeaux-Smith is a longtime Bronzeville resident and homeowner, parent, mother, member of Teachers for Social Justice and veteran educator.|
|Nelson Soza is a lifelong activist and organizer that has worked in all communities for justice. Husband and father of three and is the the Executive Director of Pilsen Alliance.|