Activists call for CPS boycott Wednesday
BY LAUREN FITZPATRICK Education Reporter August 22, 2013 6:20PM
At City Hall on Thursday, Jitu Brown (left), of the Kenwood Oakland Community Organization, and Parrish Brown, a senior at Dyett High School and the group's youth leader, call for a boycott of Chicago Public Schools on Aug. 28, the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. | Lauren FitzPatrick~Sun-Times
Updated: August 22, 2013 10:14PM
Community activists are calling for a boycott of Chicago Public Schools next Wednesday.
About 50 activists at City Hall on Thursday urged parents to keep kids home from school to show CPS that education is a human right and to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.
The boycott is part of a national effort of community groups in 25 cities to protest school closings and budget cuts.
Dyett High School senior Parrish Brown, whose school is phasing out a grade at a time, said he’ll boycott “CPS and the appointed rubber-stamp school board” to show his support of an elected school board.
“We will have a citywide expression of rage next Wednesday and appoint every person of voting age toward a solution for our suffering — an elected school board in the city of Chicago,” Brown said. “To sabotage Dyett and negatively impact the education of me and my peers is a violation of our human rights. Mayor Rahm