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What's Up This Week: Teacher strike continues, Occupy Chicago anniversary, and a rally against mass incarceration
Here's a glimpse of what's going on around Chicago this week:
Teachers Still On Strike
Chicago public school teachers are back on the picket lines as the strike heads into its second school week. Union president Karen Lewis said the strike would continue at least until Tuesday and that delegates voted overwhelmingly to take 24 hours and consider the tentative agreement. The strike has been ongoing since Sept. 10.
The one-year-anniversary of the Occupy movement is Monday and Occupy Chicago plans to take to the streets. The Occupy movement has been credited with bringing issues of income inequality into the national conversation.
Independent investigative journalist and host of DemocracyNow! Amy Goodman will give a talk Tuesday on her book The Silenced Majority: Stories of Uprisings, Occupations, Resistance and Hope. The book has been called "a true chronicle of our times," by Michael Moore.
National Day of Action Against Mass Incarceration
Several cities including Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and Atlanta on Wednesday will commemorate a National Day of Action Against Mass Incarceration. The U.S. has the dubious distinction of incarcerating a larger proportion of its population than any other country in the world, many for nonviolent offenses.