Looking back at the outcomes of Chicago's other hunger strikes over community schools

Looking back at the outcomes of Chicago's other hunger strikes over community schools
Looking back at the outcomes of Chicago's other hunger strikes over community schools

Looking back at the outcomes of Chicago's other hunger strikes over community schools

As we’ve been talking about, the hunger strike to re-open Walter H. Dyett high school in Washington Park is in its third week with about dozen strikers forgoing food in hopes of swaying the opinions of city leaders. Before this fight, there were hunger strikes over neighborhood schools in Chicago’s Back of the Yards and Little Village. The first took place in 1995, the second in 2001. That effort in 2001 ultimately failed, but for 19 days, women from Little Village fought for what they said amounted to a brighter future for their children and grandchildren. Another person who was involved in both of those hunger strikes was Cook County Commissioner Jesus Garcia. Back then he was a State Senator. He joined us to speak about those hunger strikes and how they may parallel what’s happening over at Dyett. (Little Village Lawndale High School Campus Library)