Craving real democracy, many people are unwilling to participate in an electoral game that does not provide any form of genuine popular control over decisions that affect people's well-being and freedom.
The number of black educators in Chicago's public schools dropped precipitously. With actions that disproportionately affected black teachers, that pattern continued under Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
Helen Redmond is an independent journalist. She writes opinion for Al Jazeera English and writes about health care and the war on drugs for Socialistworker.org and the International Socialist Review.