[Marxism] The Failures of Lesser-Evilism in Chicago | New Politics

Scott J. scottinoakland at gmail.com
Fri Apr 10 11:54:08 MDT 2015

Analysis of the Chicago election, in particular the role of labor and the
CTU in promoting Jesus "Chuy" Garcia:


"Karen Lewis and her Caucus of Rank and File Educators (CORE) came to the
leadership of CTU in 2010 offering the promise of social justice unionism
and, potentially, a new page in the history of US labor struggles. They
delivered a popular teachers strike in 2012, but there have been many
difficulties since. After the strike, they were unable to stop nearly all
of Emmanuel’s school closures, but Lewis and CTU Vice-President Jesse
Sharkey are now minor media stars and power brokers in Chicago.

"Karen Lewis nearly ran for mayor herself but, unfortunately, became
seriously ill. Instead, she anointed Garcia her successor, and he was
introduced at an annual CTU dinner by Sharkey as “the next mayor of
Chicago” along with a surprise video from Lewis. The CTU membership had
little say in any of this, as the endorsement was rushed through just days

"In short, their wheelings and dealings now need not have any direct
relation to the needs of their members. Lewis and Sharkey are powers unto
themselves. The leadership can make its own decisions and the membership is
merely expected to follow, rather than the other way around."

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