Dyett hunger strike enters third week

Dyett hunger strike enters third week
Dyett hunger strike enters third week

Dyett hunger strike enters third week

Community activists are entering their third week of a hunger strike outside of Walter Dyett High School in Chicago’s Washington Park...and it doesn't look like it’ll be ending soon. They and their supporters want the closed school to re-open as a neighborhood high school with a curriculum focused on green technology. But their proposal is one of three that are on the the table for consideration by the school board. The group of about a dozen hunger strikers have also camped out in front of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office in hopes of speaking directly with him about why the school should be in their hands. A meeting by the school board to address the three proposals is scheduled for mid-September. Reverend Robert Jones of Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church, one of the strikers, gives us the latest on the hunger strike. And Eve Ewing, a Harvard University grad student who’s writing her dissertation on school closings, and Peter Cunningham, the Executive Director of the non-profit group Education Post, join to share more on the issue and what it says about the future of the neighborhood school model. (WBEZ/Yolanda Perdomo)