Supporting the People's World
The Chicago Communist Party USA 22nd Annual People’s World Banquet Dec. 6 at the Parthenon Restaurant. Several thousand dollars was raised for the PW Fund Drive from "supporters who dug deep despite the hard economic times".
- The attendees, a rainbow crowd of labor, community and religious activists, entered the festive room to the sounds of the jazz trio, Lovers in Arms and a running slide show of photos from struggles over the past year.
Several leaders of the Chicago Teachers Union joined two organizers, Hugo Hernandez and James Thindwa of the Chris Hani-Rudy Lozano award winners, the Chicago Chicago Alliance of Charter Teachers and Staff.
- Hernandez recounted the pioneering union organizing drive of teachers at three Chicago charter schools last spring. In negotiating the new contracts, ACTS is helping close a big wage and benefit gap between teachers at public and privatized schools, and regulating workload for the first time.