High School Poets Deliver A Powerful Message Chicago Needs To Hear Right Now

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Four teens’ powerful performance from the Louder Than A Bomb (LTAB) youth poetry slam semifinals in Chicago is attracting a lot of attention.

A video of TEAM Englewood Academy’s spoken word performance of “Hide Your Schools, Hide Your Homes, Hide Your Children, ‘Cause He’s Wrecking It All” at the Young Chicago Authors-organized event has been viewed over 2,000 times since it was uploaded to YouTube on Saturday.

The team’s poem describes Mayor Rahm Emanuel as “Mr. Wreck-It Rahm” and specifically criticizes the mayor’s support for closing Chicago public schools and city mental health clinics, while also supporting the building of a new basketball arena for DePaul University using some public funding.

“There’s not money for our schools, but there’s enough to build a ‘New Chicago,'” the teens say. “But that ‘New Chicago’ is not for us.”

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