Once again, we open our book of reality. The story we are reading is unending, as well as our fight for change must be. We are standing for non-violence in the schools, but it is the school system that creates most of the problems. At this time, we cannot afford the teachers, yet over a million dollars is being used to pay stipends to parents to watch the children as they WALK to school.
CPS knows fully well that the greatest violence is inside the school. No matter what Rahm Emanuel is saying, when he closes those schools and sends kids into a different gang territory he is risking their lives. The term “At risk” takes on a whole new meaning. (SEE THE VIDEO). Parents are fighting and protesting the closing of their schools, CPS has actually made teachers compete with toilet paper.
Yes, it’s true. Some teachers were fired because the school needed the money to buy toilet paper and other supplies. The church is standing strong with spiritual warfare. No matter how you shake it, we are all in this thing together and this time we better get it right. We can only do that by uniting. Forget your denomination, you race, even your language. The truth is we all want the best for our kids, so it is up to us to work together.
Surely, it will take an act of God to change the vile atmosphere that looms over the Chicago Public Schools. It is time to go back to school. Salvation Church of God, located at 75 East 83rd St is a small church with a huge heart. Earlier this month, Saturday, August 3rd, 2013 the church staged a peace march and prayed for parents and children. Apostle Jerry Taylor, the pastor, has an irrepressible spirit when it comes to community outreach.
Apostle Taylor has proposed a Christian network of affiliated ministers to stand in support of each other. The congregation is young, robust and vibrant in their stand for change. Faith without works is dead. Unquestionably the Salvation Church of God is clearly doing the work. Parishioners were asked about their impression of the march on the following Sunday. Here are some of the responses;
RYAN FARJUHASM; the purpose:
The purpose of the march was to reach the community and let them know we are here; we will not stand the violence anymore. We are going g to take our schools back through faith and the power of God.
PIERRE A.TAYLOR; what it was like.
The peace march was a surreal experience. My generation grew up hearing about peaceful marches, boycotts and protests. To actually participate and rally behind the fact that God really can bring about change. The peace that came with us being unified and seeing those facial expressions that showed so much joy, made it a pleasure.
God’s love is endless, and He used us as an example during the march. I pray that the spirit of service operates as a catalyst for change and for investment in our community and children.
CHRIS TAYLOR; what was accomplished:
Pastor Jerry Taylor and the Salvation Church of God, the children, the parent and the community members came forth to speak out for children. The pastor gathered many ministers to join the church in raising awareness for the need of peace in our community and in our city as a whole.
Our most powerful accomplishment was the heavy prayer and intercession on behalf of our city during the march. Following the march we encouraged children, donated school supplies, uplifted parents and most importantly we gave glory to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
“We know that budget cuts are coming; principals and LSCs are naming numbers; parents, students, teachers are protesting. We don’t yet know how many of the remaining 600-plus schools—after the closing this month of 48 elementary schools—will face budget cuts. But with CPS drowning in a $1 billion deficit, and, Rahm Emanuel charges, robbed of funding because of the Legislature’s failing to clean up the pension mess, it’s a good bet that most schools will have to cut back. And it’s an even better bet that parents will be asked to dig deeply into their pockets to subsidize their children’s public schools.
‘But something about the windup to the 2013-14 school year feels different: hints of a two-tier system that will mean that public school students whose parents who can’t pay will get less. The most stark example is the Near West Side’s Whitney M. Young Magnet High School—the selective school from which Michelle Obama graduated in 1981; her springboard to Princeton and, indirectly, to Harvard Law School. Facing a budget cut of $1.1 million, Whitney Young’s principal Joyce Kenner has proposed stripping students of a seventh class period unless their parents can afford to pay $500.
‘One more bit of news: CPS’s central office may no longer pay for such necessities as toilet paper and cleaning products. Those items will land in the principal’s budget and principals may find themselves choosing between teachers and toilet paper. Parents may find themselves with no choice but to fork over the money to finance the cost of both the former and the latter.”
EXCERPTED FROM: Chicago Public Schools Sound More Like Private Schools http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/Felsenthal-Files/July-2013/Ch...
WE THE PEOPLE:
“CPS officials said they have decided to move forward with demolishing a field house in the Pilsen neighborhood which they have deemed “unsafe for occupancy."
‘Parents protest the demolition of a community center and library in the Pilsen neighborhood after CPS deemed the building unsafe for occupancy. Susan Carlson reports.
‘Several protesters remained outside the Field House adjacent to Whittier Elementary School Saturday morning attempting to save the community building from being torn down.
‘More than 200 parents and community activists were staged outside the facility Friday night, three of which were cited by police for refusing to leave, arguing that the Field House is an active community center used by several neighborhood families and must be saved from the wrecking ball.”
EXCERPTED FROM: Pilsen Parents Protest Demolition of Dilapidated Field House