Core Principles

  • As citizens of Chicago and the US, we have a federally protected right to open information and records about public institutions, such as CCC, CPS, Chicago Police Department. Such institutions are legally and ethically required to make public their records for review. A democratic society must allow for critique and discussion of public institutions and their records.  Such public discussion and transparency is one of the defining features of what distinguishes democracy from dictatorship.
  • Community colleges are democracy’s People’s Colleges.  The open access mission of community colleges is a rare example of the radical possibilities of democracy, equality, compassionate policy and social justice.
  • We live in a city defined by racial segregation.  We stand in solidarity with students of color whose communities are violently militarized by racist policing practices, and whose neighborhood schools have been closed or defunded.  We stand in solidarity with CCC’s students of color and their families.  We assert that CCC must do everything we can to improve access of education in Chicago’s abandoned neighborhoods and to address the history of institutional racism that has plagued our city and country.
  • We stand in solidarity with immigrant students and undocumented students. The past few years have witnessed record number of deportations of undocumented immigrants.  We welcome students of all races, backgrounds and nationalities to CCC and we respect and honor their languages, origins and cultures.
  • We stand in solidarity with all of Chicago’s students and we believe that education is a fundamental human right. We believe that CCC must provide a transformative curriculum to prepare students to participate as active leaders in a democratic society while offering high quality education and career training for the city of Chicago.
  • We live in a city with a corrupt and racist public school system that closes and defunds neighborhood schools in poor neighborhoods of color while investing heavily in predominantly white schools in higher income neighborhoods on the north side.  We live in a city whose public school system has been infiltrated by charter school networks and the criminals who run them.  These local practices mirror national practices that seek to defund and radically change the nature of public education.  Public education must be defended so that it is not destroyed by corporate business interests, neoliberal economic policies, standardized test companies and money-grubbing privatization machines.  We believe that a thriving public education system is the most important public service a democratic society can provide.
  • We believe in developmental education as a means of welcoming all students.  We believe in developmental education as a means of correcting racial and economic inequalities and as a necessary catapult to help students who have been cheated by an education system that did now show them respect, security or compassion.
  • We believe in fair working conditions for all faculty members at the City Colleges of Chicago.  We stand in solidarity with adjunct faculty in the CCCLOC union and we believe that all faculty members should be paid fair wages, living wages, and have access to quality health care.  We stand in solidarity with the security officers at CCC who have been working for years without a contract.  And we stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Local 1708 and AFSCME.  We believe in the necessity of unions as a means of preserving and protecting workers of all races and nationalities.
  • As members of Local 1600, we want a union where rank and file members have power, agency, and feel as if they have the capacity to shape the direction of our union.
  • All elections and finances must be open to all members and subject to public debate.  We will fight for transparent governance at CCC and in Local 1600.