The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

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

Who Is Ed Hershey?

Feb 2, 2015

Ed Hershey, who calls for a working class fight based on a working class policy, is running for Alderman in the 25th Ward of Chicago. The election is on February 24th.

He has been a teacher for nine years in the Chicago public schools, seeing first hand the destruction of the schools that serve the children of the working class. He has been active in his union, a leader at his own school during the 2012 teachers’ strike, active against the rash of school closings that hit Chicago working class neighborhoods, almost all black. And he has been a conscious socialist his whole adult life.

Along with two other teachers—Zerlina Smith and Maureen Sullivan—he was endorsed by his union, the Chicago Teachers’ Union (CTU), at a boisterous CTU House of Delegates meeting on January 14, in which many of the activists opposed some of the leadership of the union who had wanted to endorse Democrats and other “safe” candidates. For an account of that meeting see

One of Ed’s leaflets is reprinted on this page. More information on his campaign and what he has done can be found at the independent website: