Activists Protest School Closings

February 20, 2012
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Hundreds marched through Ravenswood past the home of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel today. The protesters were calling for an end to school closings.

A silent protest moved through Old Ravenswood, calling on the mayor not to close neighborhood schools.

A silent protest moved through Old Ravenswood, calling on the mayor not to close neighborhood schools.

Hundreds of protesters called on the Chicago Public School to stop closing neighborhood schools in a rally at Lake View High School this afternoon. Following speeches about school closings, the protesters marched into Old Ravenswood to the home of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

The protest advanced on Emanuel’s home silently, with many protesters wearing a sticker that said ‘silenced’ across their mouths. In the 4200 block of Hermitage they stopped to light candles and continued north to Courtenay School.

There they paused, within about 50 yards of Emanuel’s home, and prayed.

Then they continued north-bound as neighbors came out of their homes  to gawk and helicopters flew overhead, to Ravenswood School.

None of the neighborhood schools they stopped at are slated for closing.

At Ravenswood, many of the protesters left the march as the cold weather finally took its toll. But others stayed on to listen to students and ministers pray and explain their reasons for keeping their schools open.

Then the protesters turned back towards Lake View High School, passing Bethany United Church of Christ.

The police, seemingly satisfied that the protest would not return to Emanuel’s home, largely disbanded and news crews too left the protest to find its way back to the high school.

 

Come back later for photos. For the moment you can see the as it happened photos we posted on FaceBook

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