Stop Closing Schools to Hire More Police

Target: Rahm Emanuel, Mayor of Chicago

Goal: Stop closing down Chicago public schools and funding police academies instead.

In the last five years the city of Chicago has closed nearly 50 schools, recently announcing another five closures in February. Chicago also plans on building a nearly $100 million police academy on the West Side of the city, much to the dismay of many local residents. Activists started an organization called No Cop Academy, designed at stopping the police academy’s construction.

Many local residents say the structure is unnecessary and insulting to the community, since Mayor Rahm Emanuel can’t seem to justify keeping the city’s schoolchildren educated, yet there is plenty in the budget for new cops. Studies continually show that metropolitan areas experience far less crime when the populous is educated rather than policed. Stand with us in signing this petition below to demand Chicago not bankrupt their youth of an education in favor of more violence.


Dear Mayor Emanuel,

Your policies have led the city of Chicago to completely reject the notion that you are an effective leader. Leadership does not come from enabling our children to die in the streets by their own hands or the hands of the law. Leadership means educating our children as much as possible to avoid certain cruelties life has to offer.

When you close schools, you are telling the rest of the country that you don’t care about the education of your city’s children. Replacing the budget for schools with a police academy is downright insulting to those who believe the answer is stronger community, not more police. We demand you step over to the side of justice and rebuild the city’s schools immediately.


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One Comment

  1. Gen Agustsson says:

    stop it! more schools not less.

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