Chicago teachers and supporters take to streets, force closing of Chicago Loop

http://twitter.com/#!/rollieprole/status/245256489869127681

As Twitchy reported earlier, Occupiers were quick to pledge their solidarity with the Chicago Teachers Union in its strike, and now the strike has taken on an Occupy-like dimension as hundreds if not thousands of teachers and supporters have taken to the streets, shutting down the Chicago Loop this afternoon.

UPDATE: Kris Habermehl in Chopper 780 says a sea of red is marching in the Loop in #Chicago. Teachers rallying on first day of strike.

— Steve Grzanich (@SteveGrzanich) September 10, 2012

My office is half a block from a pretty loud protest by the Chicago Teachers' Union. It's been growing all day. Drums, airhorns, etc.

— Matt White (@geekstarter) September 10, 2012

https://twitter.com/shishibean/status/245260398033522688

https://twitter.com/shishibean/status/245263595104002048

Teachers strike shut down the Loop!! #chicago #CPS http://t.co/mt6U8Y4j

— BC (@CadillacCarter) September 10, 2012

Hundreds block traffic in Chicago pic.twitter.com/cXCNvmHX

— Jonathan Hoenig (@JonathanHoenig) September 10, 2012

Lots of anti Rahm signs pic.twitter.com/62zcmfqV

— Jonathan Hoenig (@JonathanHoenig) September 10, 2012

A familiar #Occupy refrain pic.twitter.com/8pi7kxnC

— Jonathan Hoenig (@JonathanHoenig) September 10, 2012

6 blocks in Chicago shut down massive protest look here http://t.co/UYtwGJ1d per @laborradio

— Mike Elk (@MikeElk) September 10, 2012

#ctustrike marchers carry giant banner asking "Democratic Party Where Are You?" http://t.co/ALIjvfCu

— Mike Elk (@MikeElk) September 10, 2012

Some students had tweeted that their teachers had encouraged them to join in on the strike. Workers Independent News is reporting that teachers have brought in a drum line. Are these students?

http://t.co/Wg2sbhKp the teachers brought a drum line. #cpsstrike

— LaborRadio (@laborradio) September 10, 2012

Another source identifies the drum line as students from Thomas Kelly High School in Chicago.

Kelly HS Drum Line represent! #ctustrike #faircontractnow pic.twitter.com/Ltnbn2rp

— Labor Notes (@labornotes) September 10, 2012

We realize poster board doesn’t come with a built-in spell checker, but speaking of Kelly High School…

@emzanotti Literacy rate commensurate to something more like this: pic.twitter.com/tmJm6XsY

— Eric Kohn (@iEricKohn) September 10, 2012

Occupy Chicago is using the opportunity to distribute copies of its Occupied Chicago Tribune newspaper.

Student utilizes copy of @occupiedchitrib for speech during #ctustrike rally pic.twitter.com/cutlLuO3

— Danielle Villarreal (@daneyvilla) September 10, 2012

While labor organizations are thrilled with the turnout, a downtown traffic stoppage isn’t winning sympathy from everyone.

So Chicago teachers decided a good way 2 launch a protest is 2 shut down loop traffic. This isn't causing me 2 b sympathetic 2 their cause.

— David Stevenson (@DavidStevenson) September 10, 2012

Chicago teachers are acting like moronic lemmings starting a protest during rush hour, blocking the Loop. And these people make 76k?

— Robyn (@robdetf) September 10, 2012

Blocking traffic for thousands of people, many of them trying to get home to out of school kids, is what's "Giving the best to children"

— Heather (@hboulware) September 10, 2012

No official crowd estimates have been given, but the Chicago Sun-Times reported “thousands,” while supporters are claiming up to 30,000.

Any preliminary crowd estimates for #ctustrike march through the Loop? Looks insane.

— joe erbentraut (@robojojo) September 10, 2012

I've heard crowd estimates of 20k+. Hard to say for sure. #FairContractNow #CTUstrike

— [allshiny] (@allshiny) September 10, 2012

@CTULocal1 parents, students community have shut down the loop! Over 30,000 in the street #CTUstrike #faircontractnow pic.twitter.com/46mnie8O

— Caleb Jennings (@killingfloor1) September 10, 2012

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