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.