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Frustrated By School Closings, Protestors Turn To Registering Voters

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A voter registration table outside Sexton Elementary. (Credit: Steve Miller)

A voter registration table outside Sexton Elementary. (Credit: Steve Miller)

CHICAGO (CBS) — Some South Side families demonstrated against school closings – and helped register a few people to vote – hoping that anger against Mayor Emanuel for closing schools will translate into votes against him.

“Would you like to register to vote ma’am? Here’s a pen.”

If they weren’t exactly setting the world on fire with their voter registration campaign, their passion – still – for keeping Sexton Elementary School open fueled a vociferous demonstration at 61st and Cottage Grove.

“Rahm Emanuel’s got to go.”

“We want to make sure that people are aware that they need to go out and vote because if you’re unhappy with Rahm, you need to be a voter. You need to get out and vote.”

Rogene Avery had four children at Sexton.

Protestors outside Sexton Elementary. (Credit: Steve Miller)

Protestors outside Sexton Elementary. (Credit: Steve Miller)

They will continue to go to class in the same buildings – now part of another school. But she is concerned about her children’s safety when other students cross gang territory to go to class in the newly configured school.

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