Enjoy a fantastic evening of theatre form the incredible Banner's Theatre Company, celebrating the Chicago teachers' struggle to fight for the education system their community deserved.
As battle lines are drawn across the United States between the corporate elite and the mass of the population, the Chicago Teachers’ Union (CTU) and their community allies joined together to fight for public sector education. Their demand was for an education that teaches children to think, create and challenge and not provide zombie labour for the profit machine.
Chicago tells the story of the CTU’s strike and explores their successful organising agenda that empowered their members and mobilised parents, students and the wider community.
That agenda produced a strike vote of 98% on a 90% turnout, 9 days of mass pickets, creative sit-ins and demonstrations covering 840 schools across the city, and hundreds of thousands of vocal and active supporters. In 2012 the CTU and their allies managed to stall the corporate onslaught and develop a fighting agenda demonstrating that another education system is possible. By weaving together music, song and inspirational video footage, Chicago provides compelling lessons for both educational and broader public sector resistance here in the UK.
Banner Theatre is Britain's foremost political theatre company. Founded in 1973, Banner Theatre creates powerful, innovative, issue-based multimedia theatre productions, which tour to community and trade union audiences. Chicago: The Great Teachers Strike was produced with financial support from the NUT.
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"Truly inspirational". Tony Benn
"First class songs and satire rooted in the experiences of ordinary people. They make us laugh, cry and think." Paul Mackney, ex-General Secretary, UCU
"We need Banner's anti-cuts, anti-tax dodgers and pro-union productions to raise awareness and challenge the myths propagated by the corporate media." Mark Serwotka, General Secretary, PCS
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