So I was only a child in the late 1960s and early 1970s when campus protests were occurring almost daily somewhere in the United States. When I got to college the protests on campus were about American institutions dis-investing in apartheid era South Africa. Now some three decades on, the actions of a novice governor seems to have inspired a new generation of activism. Chicago State was host to a large protest rally and march that led to a larger march downtown today. This event brought together the Chicago Teachers Union, the University Professionals of Illinois, food service workers advocating for a living wage and others concerned about these critical social justice issues.
Supporters of CSU came from Northeastern Illinois University, Eastern Illinois University, Northern Illinois University, and the University of Illinois at Springfield. With public education under attack in Illinois, it was a remarkable event that was timed to precede the Illinois House of Representatives coming back into session on Monday. Coming off of significant primary losses last month, will the Governor come to his senses and stop trying to destroy vital public institutions or will he remain fixated on an unattainable political agenda?