Over four years after the school closed, on Saturday afternoon, October 7, the Overton Elementary building temporarily reopened to the public for Opening Closings: Reactivating Closed Chicago Public Schools.
On a slightly gray Saturday, I walk up to the Beverly home of Tina Jenkins Bell, the president of For Love of Writing (FLOW), to sit in on an impromptu meeting of the group’s core members. Chirskira Caillouet, FLOW’s vice president, invites me in and offers me food—she tells me that whenever the group meets, there’s food.
“There was no playbook for helping an exoneree set up his life after nearly a quarter of a century behind bars.”[AR1] —Alison Flowers[AR2] [CB3]
“Wherever we land is home.”
“We are merely asking for democracy in education: let communities vote for who makes decisions at these public community schools” CCCTU Local 1600 representative Michael Held
“It’s just an all-in-one empowerment device.”