A street outside the Chicago Teachers Union’s Near West Side headquarters will be renamed in honor of the late Karen Lewis, a charismatic former union president who rallied educators to fight for social justice.
Lewis passed away in February 2021 after a long battle with cancer.
She had spent the last decade spearheading the teachers’ movement to contest the re-election of former mayor Rahm Emmanuel, but the diagnosis derailed those plans.
In the union’s latest attempt to honor Lewis, the West Carroll Avenue block of CTU’s 1901 W. Carroll Building will be renamed “The Karen Lewis CTU Way” on September 30.
“Karen Lewis is a beloved giant in our city and across the nation for her spirit and dedication to public education and for each and every one of our students, especially our most disenfranchised students. ‘ said CTU spokeswoman Chris Giovannis on Friday.
“The naming of this street is one of the many ways the union seeks to continue the movement she helped, and which our lay members are proud to do every day.”
Aldo. Walter Burnett (27th) said CTU asked him to dedicate the street to Lewis “some time ago” and “it’s just about to happen”.
Burnett called Lewis “a dynamic figure in our society” and a role model for teachers and women.
“Some of the government didn’t agree with everything she wanted to do for financial reasons, but we always respected her dedication to fighting for the students and the community,” he said. rice field.
“Historically, you always have dynamic figures who stand out in the teachers union and all these unions and make a difference in people’s lives. I fought for my children.”
https://chicago.suntimes.com/education/2022/9/23/23369133/karen-lewis-chicago-teachers-union-carroll-avenue-street-renaming Streets outside CTU headquarters renamed after late former union president Karen Lewis