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Southwest Side CPS Students Share Their Demands

View our Twitter Moment of Southwest side students' #NationalWalkoutDay

1. Keep all schools open in Chicago #NoSchoolClosings

2. Fund schools in Black and Brown communities equitably #RahmHatesUs - More counselors (ratio of at least 1:200 students) - Full time social workers in every school - Drop in therapy at every school

- Full time nurse

Southwest side CPS youth and BPNC youth leaders hold #educationnotcriminalization action downtown #NoCopAcademy

3. Invest in schools using TIF money. Make banks and the wealthy pay their fair share. #FreeTheFunds

- Fund Schools for students not a new police academy that would cost $95 million #NoCopAcademy

4. Support Black and Brown businesses

5. Reopen mental health clinics

6. Fund community centers and community schools

7. Stop charter expansion #NoSoNoble

8. Make Chicago a real sanctuary for all by eliminating carve outs in Welcoming City Ordinance #SanctuaryForAll

9. Jobs for youth

10. Improve language access and culturally relevant curriculum

11. Fully fund special education and bilingual services #SaveSpecialEd

12. End the criminalization of youth

- Eliminate the gang database #EndTheDatabase

- No guns in school

13. Student committees for hiring of school staff

Southwest side CPS youth and BPNC youth leaders hold press conference at Daley Plaza

14. Restorative justice trainings for school staff and focus on building trusting relationships with students so that schools become a family connected to the larger community

15. 16 and 17 year olds should have the right to vote as well as non-citizens

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