It only took eight days for Chicago's leading "news" outlet to discover that Dyett High twelve community members were staging a hunger strike. But yesterday afternoon, the Chicago Tribune finally covered the story.
you, they didn't cover it all that well. They reported the 13-student
enrollment class without any context, as if it were the result of
"plunging enrollment" and not a phased closure (with CPS encouraging students to get out of Dodge).
reported the two other proposals uncritically. They didn't explain
Little Black Pearl's non-past operating schools, and I am becoming
really curious about who is behind the athletic school proposal which is
always only linked to Charles Campbell, the Dyett interim principal.
They did not mention that CPS entertains his proposal even though it was
The Trib reported the community proposal, but
put "leadership and green technology school" in quotation marks as if
this were some sort of crazy idea that community members just pulled out
of thin air, as if it were like a school for chinchilla ranchers or
underwater basket weavers. And Trib-- you left off "global."
the Tribune made sure to note that the group on hunger strike has
always been tied to the Chicago teachers' union (you know-- Those
Still, they did report on many of the group's major concerns-- and they acknowledged that the hunger strike is going on.
Now-- here's what you need to do.
1) Click on over to the article. Remember, every click on an article is a vote saying "I want to read more coverage of this."
Comment. I'm not sure if any comments are actually getting through, but
make sure the comment section includes the rest of the story.
action like a hunger strike is only as effective as the public reaction
to it, and that depends on the public hearing about it, so the
Tribune's end of their news blackout of the event means that progress is
being made. Keep the pressure on. Spread the word. And remind the
Tribune that the worlds needs to know about what's going on.