Valentine's Day Train Takeover
This Valentine's Day, BPNC youth leaders led train takeovers on the Orange and Red CTA lines. They asked passengers to show their love for CPS students.
Students from Back of the Yards College Prep, Kelly High School, and Hancock College Prep called on the Mayor to stop his attacks on public, neighborhood schools in Chicago and went from car to car conducting mic checks and passing out flyers with the Mayor’s number and a Valentine’s Day Poem.
BPNC student leaders led this action in solidarity with students at Harper, Hope, TEAM Englewood, Robeson, and NTA who are facing school closures. Although CPS announced that Harper, Hope and Team Englewood would be phased out over 3 years, students remain determined to keep their schools open and are demanding investment so that their schools can become sustainable community schools.
The Valentine’s Day action was also in solidarity with #NoCopAcademy campaign’s efforts to demand investment in schools and communities rather than $95 million for a new police academy.
We the Students of the Southwest side
Are Sick and Tired
Of being treated as less of a priority
BY OUR MAYOR
He has treated us
Like we don't matter