Throughout its 100-year history, the AFT has been at the juncture of key social, economic and civil rights movements.
"They don't want to face up to the real problem of poverty and generations of structural inequality."
The Southern Poverty Law Center surveyed over 2,000 teachers, who say kids are experiencing fear and stress over the Right's agenda.
Chicago teachers went on strike to protest Bruce Rauner and the budget crisis, which threatens public schools and state universities.
Labor and community organizers worked tirelessly throughout the day to stage events that engaged the community in vibrant ways.
Illinois is entering its tenth month without a budget; Rauner has refused to sign one without legislators agreeing to his drastic "turnaround agenda" that rolls back worker rights.
Teachers picketed outside all of the public schools in Chicago's Hyde Park section this morning.
April 1 is likely to go down in history as unions and community organizations representing people from all walks of life stage strikes and actions from one end of the city to the other.
Hoping to send a message to the Board of Education, Mayor Emanuel, and Illinois Gov. Rauner, Chicago teachers are set to walk off the job in a one-day strike this Friday.
"There's a lots of candor and a lot of mutual trust. There's a widespread recognition that we're all in this together."