The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Chicago:
Only a rumor of a job - but thousands come out

Feb 17, 2003

By 7 A.M. 2,500 people had already lined up outside Truman College on the North Side of Chicago. As February 4 wore on, many thousands more showed up – so many that the police had to close two exits from Lake Shore Drive. People were responding to rumors that applications were being taken for Ford's Torrance Assembly plant. In fact there were no job applications – only an "orientation" session about jobs that might open up in 2004.

Government statisticians pretend that unemployment in the Chicago metro area is only 6.4% and only 8% in the city of Chicago. The crowd that showed up only because of a rumor says otherwise.