Student March and Rally

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.