"Save Andersen" Sleep-Out

On Saturday, May 30, from 11 am until 10
am on Sunday May 31, Hans Christian Andersen School is having a
"Sleep-out". Andersen School is located at Honore &
Division on the near north side, not far from Carpenter.

Read the TSJ email below that explains what they're doing this for and what's happened so far.

They
are in a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood and have been told that
"they are not a good fit for the neighborhood". The
Board voted to phase them out a year ago February. At the time
they mobilized 300 parents, teachers, students, and community members
to protest but they won only minor concessions.
Mildred Rodriguez, chairperson of the Andersen LSC is the organizer,
and she is putting this sleep out together to protest the accelerated
phase-out of Andersen and phase-in of LaSalle Magnet II. The
neighborhood school and neighborhood kids are being pushed out to make
way for a middle-class "magnet" parent and student body.
The school is fighting to stay alive even as the Board takes it apart
grade by grade.
This sleep-out is being timed to coincide with the "Do Division
Street Fair" which is taking place on Sat-Sun May 30-31.
The festival describes West Division Street as "the hottest,
hippest, most cutting edge neighborhood in Chicago" identifying
the area as ideal for dismantling a neighborhood school and putting in
a specialty school such as LaSalle II.
This school would like to have the support of CORE and all our
allies. Andersen's example could be an encouraging action to all
the schools that are under the gun. Please consider coming out
to Andersen on Saturday-Sunday and spending a shift with them,
including overnight. CORE could also help produce a leaflet that
could be distributed to fest-goers describing what is happening to
Andersen School.

I will continue to send updates as I receive them from the organizer
at Andersen.

Norine Gutekanst

Whittier Elementary

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