Bail Paid: Still in Cook County #FreeMohawk

This past Saturday, dozens of people protesting inequalities in Chicago were arrested downtown. The arrests were made after the Chicago Police Department (CPD) used a dangerous and unconstitutional tactic called “kettling”. Kettling is when police force protestors into a confined space, tell the protestors to dismiss or else they will be arrested, except protestors are... Read more »

A Beginners Guide of the Demand to Defund the Police

Defund the police is a demand that was created by Black organizers and activists. It’s not a new demand. It may be new to some, but just because we never heard of it until this summer doesn’t mean it didn’t exist (see-Columbus and his “discovery” of America).  Defund the Police means to divert funding from... Read more »

We've Been Defunding Schools for Years to Fund Police - Cancel the CPS-CPD Contract

In 2007, when I started teaching at TEAM Englewood High School, a student told me about how his house was broken into. I asked if the police had any leads, he said the police hadn’t come, even though they called them yesterday. I heard more stories from my students about issues with the police. I... Read more »
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Bye Columbus Day

Chicago Public Schools finally replaces Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day My maternal grandfather Dominick Colella came over from Italy when he was 12 years old. At that time our country was far more welcoming to immigrants and his family was allowed to come here for a better life. I always looked up to my... Read more »

Ode to the Big Bargaining team

Ode to the Big Bargaining team
To the pushers of equity 40 plus of you who have sacrificed time with your loved ones time for yourselves for sleep Since last winter you’ve been trying to negotiate You watch politicians make up lies Lies about you Say you are undemocratic Say you are moving slow You sit there Knowing first hand that... Read more »

Chicago Educators Will Strike for Our Students, Because it’s Always Been Personal

Chicago Educators Will Strike for Our Students, Because it’s Always Been Personal
For 13 years I’ve been teaching in Chicago. 13 years of budget cuts, no librarians, part time nurses, not enough counselors. 13 years of of promises from Mayors and CEOs to improve our schools. Yet, educators always do more with less. That is why the city continues to take. It knows that because teachers love... Read more »
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A Bad Law Must Be Broken- Why The Possible Chicago Teachers Strike Is Over So Much More Than Pay and Benefits

My classroom is decorated with historical figures who inspire me. Every person on my wall worked to do what’s right, because they envisioned what a better future should be like for all people. These individuals cared so deeply about their country that they put themselves on the line to advocate for others even if what... Read more »

Invest in Education? Nope, the Chicago Public School Board Invests in Policing

Invest in Education? Nope, the Chicago Public School Board Invests in Policing
Yesterday the CPS Board of Education had a chance to actually be different than the appointed school boards of the past and do right by kids. They were asked to vote on a plan to give the Chicago Police Department $33 Million more dollars for employing police in schools. Out of the school board members... Read more »

Watching “When They See Us” With Students: A teacher reflecting on race, privilege, and why police are in our schools

After final exams were finished a few weeks ago, I asked my juniors what we should watch. They unanimously said “When They See Us”. I cringed, but not because I had any doubts about the series. I had been captivated and enraged by it the week earlier while watching it at home. I cringed because... Read more »
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High Schoolers Researching and Teaching True Columbus to 1st Graders

High Schoolers Researching and Teaching True Columbus to 1st Graders
One of the reasons that I decided to become a history teacher is because when I got to college I became so upset at the many things the history classes I took before that point didn’t teach me. One of the events that upset me the most was when I learned the true history of... Read more »