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Mon Feb 8, 2021, 01:21 PM

Karen Lewis, Chicago Union Leader Who Set Off A Wave Of Teacher Activism, Dies

Source: WBEZ Chicago

Karen Lewis, the woman credited with resurrecting the Chicago Teachers Union and helping to revive teacher unions across the country, has died. . .

Lewis served as president of the Chicago Teachers Union from 2010 to 2018, when she resigned due to health issues. She was diagnosed with brain cancer several years ago. She was 67 years old. Her death was confirmed by the union.

Before becoming president of the teachers union, she was a chemistry teacher in Chicago Public Schools for more than 20 years.

Lewis is remembered as being passionate and outspoken, but also highly intelligent, wildly funny and warm, and someone who always recalled details about people’s lives and asked about them.

Read more: https://www.wbez.org/stories/karen-lewis-chicago-union-leader-who-set-off-a-wave-of-teacher-activism-dies/f8d5519c-f85c-4f73-a264-725157254854

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Reply Karen Lewis, Chicago Union Leader Who Set Off A Wave Of Teacher Activism, Dies (Original post)
Kitchari Feb 2021 OP
abqtommy Feb 2021 #1
Guy Whitey Corngood Feb 2021 #2
BobTheSubgenius Feb 2021 #3
Ellen Forradalom Feb 2021 #4
Kitchari Feb 2021 #5
Kitchari Feb 2021 #6

Response to Kitchari (Original post)

Mon Feb 8, 2021, 03:40 PM

1. K&R

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Response to Kitchari (Original post)

Mon Feb 8, 2021, 03:57 PM

2. K&R! nt

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Response to Kitchari (Original post)

Mon Feb 8, 2021, 04:35 PM

3. This might be an odd observation, and I DO honour her and her fight, but...

...has anyone else had this thought? The name "Lewis" now seems to automatically confer purpose and strength of character. Obviously, that springs from John Lewis.

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Response to BobTheSubgenius (Reply #3)

Tue Feb 9, 2021, 01:07 AM

4. Conversely

I read her name and thought, “Take that, Karen haters!”

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Response to Ellen Forradalom (Reply #4)

Wed Feb 10, 2021, 08:28 AM

5. Unfair that the name "Karen" became a pejorative

This Karen was a wonderful activist and a treasured human being.

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Response to Ellen Forradalom (Reply #4)

Wed Feb 10, 2021, 08:31 AM

6. We should call all entitled bullies "Ivanka" instead

That would be fitting

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