Whittier Sit-In Close To Resolution, But Parents Want Guarantees
By Chuck Sudo in News on Oct 19, 2010 4:40PM
The sit-in at Pilsen's Whittier Elementary appears to be reaching its endgame. Chicago Public Schools agreed to lease the fieldhouse where parents have staged a sit-in for over a month to a non-profit community group for $1, who would convert the fieldhouse into a library for Whittier that's the focus of the sit-in. CPS CEO Ron Huberman said the agreement "is a good-faith effort to continue the work we have completed on behalf of Whittier students."
But many of the protesters are skeptical and say that, if any community group should get the lease for a library, it should be them. That is among a list of demands the sit-in protesters want Huberman to sign off on before they end the protest. Protester Carolina Gaete, said, "We don't trust them to negotiate behind us or even come up with solutions that we were never included in."