The Southwest Chicago Post attempted to interview several striking teachers along the route, and it was a challenge to get good audio due to the frequent noise of car and truck horns from supporters driving by on Archer.
In the hour we were there, we heard only one negative comment from a passing motorist, who yelled at the top of his lungs, "I hope you all lose your jobs!" To their credit, the teachers who heard him took the high road and kept it classy, responding with smiles and waves.
Aside from that, motorists in vehicles of all types were honking their horns in support---private autos and vans, a tricked-out yellow hot rod, a white stretch limousine, CTA buses, tradesmen in pickup trucks, local delivery trucks and vans, huge 18-wheeler tractor/trailers, city garbage trucks, and other city vehicles.
While the mood of most demonstrators was energetic and upbeat, they were quick to caution against misinterpretation. "I did not become a teacher so I could walk a picket line. I want to be in the classroom where I belong, teaching, just like everyone else here," one teacher told us. "The reason we're smiling today is because it feels good to be out here standing up for ourselves, standing up for the children we are privileged to teach, standing up for everyone---and standing against the privatization of public education, standing against those whose actions would short-change Chicago's children."
|A lighter moment at the demonstration.|
...to keep abreast of the union's position, directly from the union, without the filter of the news media.
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