- We are rank and file teachers and strike captains (Valeria Vargas, Fabiana Casas and Sarah Chambers) from the historic Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) charter strike in May. We are going on a teacher delegation to Venezuela with Maria Moreno, the Financial Secretary of the CTU, and Richard Berg, a CTU charter organizer.
International Workers Day marked in Chicago
May 2, 2018, Chicago. IL - The meeting room at the United Electrical workers building in Chicago rang with song, as 60 working people of all nationalities and backgrounds - Black, Chicano, Mexicano, Honduran, Filipino, Puerto Rican, Asian, and white - gathered together to celebrate International Workers Day. Sponsored by Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO), the crowd was made up of fighters from the many battle lines in the class struggle and the national liberation movements.
No gathering to celebrate the class struggle here would be complete without the red shirted Chicago Teachers Union. Maria Moreno, Financial Secretary of CTU Local 1 spoke about their history of struggle, and the wave of teachers strikes across the country.
Also at the gathering were a number of workers, including warehouse workers from Amazon and UPS, as well as UPS drivers. Daniel Ginsberg-Jaeckle, a rank-and-file leader in Teamsters Local 705, and also a member of FRSO, explained that class struggle unionism is needed to defeat the bosses’ war against workers. Another UPS truck driver, Benjamin James Cline, led the room in singing Solidarity Forever.
Byron Sigcho of the Pilsen Alliance, a community organization in the Chicano and Mexicano immigrant community near downtown Chicago, agitated the crowd to fight racist attacks on Blacks and Latinos; to demand rent control for low-income workers; and to stand up to the police and support the elected, civilian police accountability council put forward by the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression. “We must combat racism with socialism!”
Chicago Alliance and FRSO member, Yahama Tunson, performed a poem inspired by FRSO’s newspaper, Fight Back!. And finally, Honduran revolutionary singer, Karla Lara, helped lead the singing of the International, the hymn of the working class sung all over the world and in every language on this day. The room sang along in English, Spanish and Filipino.
- [https://orinocotribune.com/chicago-teachers-union-ctu-delegation-to-venezuela Orinoco Tribune Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) Delegation to Venezuela June 16, 2019 ]
- [http://www.fightbacknews.org/2018/5/2/international-workers-day-marked-chicago FB News, International Workers Day marked in Chicago By staff | May 2, 2018]