On November 16 we did a piece asking how far left some Chicago teachers are politically and discussed their role at the Midwest Marxism Conference held earlier this month at Northwestern. Chicago Teachers Union Vice President Jesse Sharkey reportedly spoke at one of its breakout sessions. Sharkey was described in the World Socialist Web Site as a leading member of the International Socialist Organization. Listen to his response here when recently asked about the conference.
I might have at least given credit to conference attendees for being open about their convictions, but not this guy, who squirms like a trapped cockroach and won’t give straight answers to fair questions. He denies speaking there. As I said in the original piece, I don’t know how many Chicago teachers share his views or even know about them, but the more I learn the more concern I have.