Today, a celebration of the end of the occupation at Whittier Elementary. In their own voices, listen to Lisa Angones, Araceli Gonzalez, and Nancy Galan on why they occupied a school building in Pilsen for 44 days, standing up to the police, city council, and the Chicago Public Schools.
It's been about a week and a half since we last visited Whittier Dual Language Elementary School, and much has changed since then. Certainly, even more has changed since they took over the field house 34 days ago. Thirty four! Over a month.
Lisa has been sleeping at the Whittier Dual Language Elementary School field house for three weeks now, where the Chicago Public Schools yesterday had People’s Gas turned off the heat and hot water supply to the building.
(photo by Sarah-Ji)Almost three weeks ago, a group of mostly single, working Latina moms decided to hold a sit-in to protest the demolition of the field house next to John Greenleaf Whittier Dual Language Elementary School in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago.