On Thursday, January 19th, 2017, students from five public high schools: Curie, Kelly, Hancock, Back of the Yards, and Solorio joined together for a march, merging together at the intersection of 55th and Pulaski.
They marched for their rights as students and community members rallying around relevant issues impacting the community. Issues that city leaders are not prioritizing; violence prevention, racial injustices, economic injustices, education justice, immigrant rights and protection, and more.
Our youth have a strong and powerful voice. It's time we listen to them!
A speech by Maria Martinez, a youth leader from John Hancock.
Good afternoon lollipops and jelly beans. My name is Maria Martinez, I attend John Hancock. We are all here today to show our student power and how we also want a voice when it comes to our school's decision. And recently, we have spent lots of money on sidewalks and charter schools: but I think that should stop. Chicago need to start putting more money on CPS schools, and not just the north-side schools but also in the Southwest.
We should not just be receiving leftover money. CPS schools should have enough money to get programs for those that need special help, for those that have the American Dream. Education is a right, not just for the rich and white. We are all together to show that we do care about our schools and we do care about what's happening around us. And we want a place where it's safe for us to be with our peers. A place where we can call home. The students are united and we will never be defeated. Charter schools have to go, close down those schools and give us back our money. Because we won't stop until we get what we want. And it is our duty to win. We must love each other and protect each other. Thank you.