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Friday, August 17, 2012

[UPDATED links] CTUTV 24 Min. Video: Chicago Teachers Union vs. Astroturf Billionaries

Powerful 24 min video, "Chicago Teachers Union Vs. Astroturf Billionaires," produced by Chicago Teachers Union on astroturf billionaires' thorough campaign vs. education and Chicago teachers was released by CTUTV yesterday:!.
Short address:
(CTUTV1 YouTube channel:

The video includes extensive statements by activists, present and former CTU leaders, as well as revealing video statements by the conservative and neoliberal astroturf engineers of education "reform" in Chicago.

(Links on the type lead to expose sites on these right-wing astroturf groups.)

It cites the role of the Dick DeVos (the regional level Gates/Koch Bros engines for education deform) the scion of Richard DeVos, Amway billionaire in backing the:
Mackinac Center for Public Policy -Michigan based,
and the Education Action Group (EAG) -Michigan based, headed by Kyle Olson
Stand for Children -and this piece too. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) gave them a [giving] "standards not met" rating. [sic, should be called Stand on Children]

The video cites Democratic mayor Rahm Emanuel and Democrats for Education Reform (DFER). Read the truth of DFER here, here, here and here.

From a more inspiring perspective, the video includes information on how the CTU built grassroots support that culminated in the 90 percent vote for a strike authorization. Also, it includes a long statement by a parent ally of the CTU.

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