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Here's a quick and easy guide to strike support.

This diary is about strike support and strike support only, if you come here to trash the Chicago Teachers Union, you will be considered a scab and asked to leave.

See strike support steps below the Solidarity Squiggle.

And please give more suggestions in comments.



#1: First!! Go here and sign up!

#2: If you are in a union call your local officers, ask them what they are doing to help the CTU strike, demand that they do something. We sometimes forget that our union officers work for us, and need to answer to us. Go to your next union meeting and ask for a show of support for the teachers. Write an article for your local union bulletin (I wrote such an article during the Pittston Strike, after my visit to Camp Solidarity.)

#3: Talk to your friends and family. When they complain how they haven't had a raise in so very long, you can say, "Exactly, this fight puts the teachers on the front line for all of us." We, the working class, need to begin to fight back somewhere, sometime. What better time and place to start, then with those who educate our children?

#4: If you live in or near Chicago, go on down to the picket lines and grab a sign. Bring some friends, sing union songs, wear union t-shirts, ask the strike captains how you can help.

#5: Write letters to the editors. The corporate media needs to hear from us. Of course, the corporations are going to trash the teachers! Take that for granted. But make the effort to get a message of support out there.

#6: Contact your legislators both in U.S. Congress, & IL state Congress. Also to School Board, & even to Rahm himself. Tell them that you support the CTU & public school education. Please try to be polite!

#7: Get on Facebook, Twitter, your own email list, etc, etc. And start building support for our fellow workers of the CTU. Fellow Workers, we cannot depend on the Corporate Media to tell the worker's story. We must create our own media.


"This is the fighting age, put on your fighting clothes."
                                    -Mother Jones

Originally posted to In Support of Labor and Unions on Mon Sep 10, 2012 at 08:40 AM PDT.

Also republished by Anti-Capitalist Chat and Education Alternatives.

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