Community orgs protest outside Chicago Urban League

USE_Action_Now_Urban_League.jpgAction Now and Kenwood Oakland Community Organization supporters demonstrated outside the Chicago Urban League’s headquarters, 4510 S. Michigan, Thursday, April 11, 2013, in opposition of CUL President Andrea Zopp’s support for Chicago Public Schools planned school closures. Zopp is also a member of the Chicago Board of Education. Defender/Worsom Robinson

Members of the community organizations Action Now and Kenwood Oakland Community Organization protested outside of the Chicago Urban League’s headquarters Thursday in opposition to Andrea Zopp’s support of public schools closing. Zopp is president of the Chicago Urban League and a Chicago Board of Education member.

Action Now and KOCO are both closely aligned with the Chicago Teachers Union which has lambasted Chicago Public Schools for its proposal to close 54 schools starting next school year. The community groups say that the non-profit, civil rights organization “supports CPS school closings that will destroy the very communities that the Chicago Urban League was created to help and protect.”

Last month Action Now led demonstrations outside of school board officials’ homes, including Zopp’s. Thursday’s action follows the Urban League president’s appearance on local news shows where she defended the school district’s plan.

More than 100 were expected to be part of yesterday’s protest, but only a few dozen showed up. Urban League officials addressed the demonstrators but Zopp was on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. with the National Urban League. Protestors were told that she could not be reached by phone either.