Our good friend Jaisal Noor had a segment on Democracy Now! last Thursday about the struggle of parents in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago to save Whittier Elementary School, which is being threatened with demolition.
A preliminary deal between the parents, who have occupied the field house for more than a month, and the Chicago Public Schools was struck last Wednesday to bring an end to the dispute. According to the local ABC affiliate, CPS agreed to build a library for the school and to lease the field house to a community group for $1 a year.
Despite this apparent victory, the parents are wisely vowing to continue their sit-in until they have the agreement in writing.
As K-pop fans and Black organizers and artists are demonstrating, joyful, powerful movements draw more people in and reflect the kind of world we want to live in.
If soldiers train for armed combat, why wouldn’t activists train for toppling the political-economic structure that’s killing our chance for a just future? The stakes are just as high.
Uganda’s COVID-19 experience underscores the seemingly universal opportunism of authoritarians amidst crisis, as well as opportunities for resistance.