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Chicago Parents Win Battle for Books

The Indypendent Nov 22

PARENT POWER: A mom speaks during a press conference held at Whittier Elementary School in Chicago. Parents and community activists occupied a field house adjacent to the school for 43 days this fall to prevent the city from tearing down the building which serves as a makeshift library and a community space for parents to meet and take computer, sewing and English classes together. The sit-in ended Oct. 28. The city agreed to not demolish the fieldhouse, which will be leased to the parents for $1 per year, and to build a full-fledged library inside the school. In Chicago, 160 public schools do not have libraries. PHOTO: Miguel Vazquez, La Voz