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.
Gar Alperovitz is the co-founder of the Democracy Collaborative, and the author, most recently, of What Then Must We Do? Straight Talk About The Next American Revolution (Chelsea Green, May Day 2013).