25yrs and what a difference it has made on how one public entity presents itself to the public. The demands are very similar as well as a slight similarity in the actions of the mayors of each respective time frame. I’m speaking of course of the Chicago Public Schools Teacher’s strike, in1987 the teachers took to the streets for a little over 4 weeks, what little bit of images I could find of the strike at that time, besides major fashion differences (boy were the late 80′s fashions interesting) but the style of picketing was vastly different than that of today’s style of protesting!
I have included some photos and a video on the matter, one thing I do want to point out is the significant color of red and black in this 2012 teachers strike. I am even going to go out on a limb and state, perhaps maybe even some of the teachers and their supporters do not realize the significance of that color red being so prominent in their strike signs, tee shirts and paraphenalia.
When I looked up the symbolism of red in politics I was directed by many sites to “red flag” the most detailed by far and that which was not a personal blog was that of Wikipedia (I know it’s considered a skeptical source, but it also provides some great citation sources to verify). So using this information here’s just a brief clip of the information of “red flag”:
In politics, a red flag is a symbol of Socialism, or Communism, or sometimes left-wing politics in general. It has been associated with left-wing politics since the French Revolution. Socialists adopted the symbol during the Revolutions of 1848 and it became a symbol of communism as a result of its use by the Paris Commune of 1871. The flags of several communist states, including China, Vietnam and the Soviet Union, are explicitly based on the original red flag. The red flag is also used as a symbol by some democratic socialists and social democrats, for example the Avami National Party (Pakistan), French Socialist Party and the Social Democratic Party of Germany. The Labour Party in Britain used it until the late 1980s. It was the inspiration for the socialist anthem, The Red Flag. Also While red is the color most associated with love, it also the color most frequently associated with hatred, anger, aggression and war. People who are angry are said to “see red.” Red is the color most commonly associated with passion and heat. In ancient times red was the color of Mars, the god of War- the planet Mars was named for him because of its red color.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_flag
The teachers and union members in Chicago may not be waving a red flag per se, but they are waving red banners and behaving like the true socialists their agendas call for. Part of that behavior is the fact that another big significant difference from 1987 is they were smarter this time around by enlisting the youth and some of the parents of the youth in their agenda. 1987 the parents and students actually held rallies opposing the teacher’s strike, many times just across the picket line of the teachers. Mayor Harold Washington at the time did the exact same thing as Mayor Emanuel did, skipped town at the beginning of negoations. Washington choosing to attend a Japanese junket, Emanuel the DNC convention.
In an article from from The New York Times, dated October 02, 1987:
Mayor Washington stated: ”Parent pressure had a big role to play in resolving the strike.”
He said his staff had ”worked without stop” to resolve the dispute. Early in the strike, Mayor Washington had been criticized by parents and teachers for not getting involved in negotiations, as past Chicago Mayors had. ‘Excessive Zeal and No Brains’
Ironically Mayor Emanuel was criticised for attending the Democratic National Convention, but upon his return and jumping into the negotiations personally, he is taking a pummeling verbally by the union and teachers. Yet he’s still in the negoations and is reluctant to use legislative authority to force an end to the strike at this moment in time:
“But Emanuel said he’s not ready to drop the legal equivalent of a nuclear bomb by challenging the legality of the strike before the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board, or by going to court to seek an injunction to force an end to the walkout.
“I believe we should work it through at the table, that’s why our team is there, and working through all those issues,” Emanuel said after Wednesday’s City Council meeting.” Source is CBS Chicago news September 12, 2012. http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2012/09/12/mayor-not-prepared-to-file-legal-challenge-to-teachers-strike/
This will hopefully end soon for the students of Chicago Public schools and they can get back into the classroom where they belong. The point though of this posting was about the climate that is so prevasive in the city of Chicago and the surrounding counties, socialism is seeping in and it’s not trickling but tricking those of you that hold the values of republicanism so dear and true to heart are not paying attention! This strike not only demostrated the incredible power the union exerts over a populace at large but also how their value (socialism) can spread faster than a virus in a short time frame. 25 years is not a long time folks, nor is it short but for a land that is very pugnacious about it’s politics and parties, in another 25 years may have no choice or voice in the matter! We’ll all be…socialists in the great socialistic state of Illinois, to come soon to surrounding states.
Final thought: If they behave this way with demanding what they want and blatantly advertise their socialistic agenda, what then are they teaching your children on matters of the world in social studies and history behind closed doors of the classroom…Food for thought.
If you have the chance, this is a great source to look back and compare the two strikes if you so desire: http://chicago.cbslocal.com/video/7705798-a-look-back-at-1987-chicago-teachers-strike/
*Note, yes I’m aware that the 1987 photos are in black and white, those are the only ones at this time I could find on the internet. Yet you should still be able to see the difference in demeanor and professionalism.
*Photos are all courtesy of various news sources on internet and http://galleries.apps.chicagotribune.com/chi-120907-teachers-union-strike-public-schools-pictures/
It was brought to my attention by a fellow blog writer that there are those that knew very well what the color red represented in this strike movement. You can form your own opinion after viewing this video.
How many other cities will follow suit in other states, and show their true RED?