CHICAGO (LifeSiteNews) — After threatening to fire public school teachers who are not vaccinated by this Friday, Chicago’s Democratic-run city government has backed down and will allow those who have rejected the problematic abortion-tainted COVID-19 vaccine to continue employment if they agree to weekly testing.
In August, Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced that all Chicago Public School (CPS) employees would be required to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated by October 15 or face losing their jobs.
While the city promised that those able to obtain medical or religious exemptions would be permitted to continue employment, the city’s Catholic archbishop, Cardinal Blase Cupich, banned pastors from providing religious exemption letters for parishioners, claiming that exemptions are not supported by Church teaching or law.
“Employees will not be barred from coming to work,” said CPS head Pedro Martinez. “We’re going to just work with them to see where they’re at in the vaccination process, what hesitation they might have, what information we can give them … I feel fairly confident that we’re going to be ok.”
It's official: Joe Biden has announced that his Administration will be forcing COVID vaccinations on nearly 1/3rd of American citizens, blatantly disregarding the personal objections of millions of people and moving America ever closer towards a medical dictatorship.
We cannot stand for this unprecedented overreach, and we will not submit to Biden's tyrannical public coercion efforts.
Please SIGN this urgent petition informing the President that you will NOT comply with these unconstitutional vaccine mandate orders issued by the Biden Administration, and that elected officials should act in their capacity to block these intrusive demands.
On Thursday, September 9th, Joe Biden announced the latest round of federal orders meant to further coerce large swaths of the public into getting the COVID vaccine -- many against their will.
While the legal standing of these measures is, at best, dubious, the Biden Administration appears more ready than ever to gut our individual rights and practically erase medical autonomy in our country.
This latest escalation in overreach was announced via a televised speech in which Biden outlined a new "six-point plan" that includes far more than just six avenues to achieve mass medical compliance.
Among the most egregious new federal mandates are the following:
- A requirement that all private businesses employing more than 100 people mandate their workers get the Covid-19 vaccine or submit to weekly testing (to be implemented by way of a new Department of Labor rule)
- A requirement that all federal employees and federal contractors get the COVID vaccine
- A requirement that all healthcare workers in facilities that receive reimbursement from Medicare and/or Medicaid (an estimated 17 million) get the Covid-19 vaccine without an alternative testing option
- A requirement that all Head Start teachers get the COVID vaccine
- A federal effort to lobby states to implement vaccine mandates for all school employees, and require regular testing of all students and school staff
- A federal effort to lobby entertainment venues to require proof of vaccination or testing in order to grant entry to the public
- A continuation of mask mandates on all federal properties and during interstate travel (i.e. planes, trains, buses)
All in all, these new vaccine mandates, which will go into effect within the coming weeks, will affect an estimated 100 million American workers -- 2/3rds of the entire workforce!
And, according to an administration official, violations of these unconstitutional requirements could result in fines of up to $14,000.
While this is clearly a political ploy on the part of the Joe Biden and his team of power-hungry Washington insiders to shift the focus from their disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan, the American public knows better: After nearly a year and a half's worth of arbitrary, ever-changing, and unconstitutional government mandates in response to the COVID outbreak, it was always a given that the Biden Administration would ramp things up even further when it behooved them.
And now, it would seem that time has officially come.
"This is not about freedom or personal choice," Biden uttered in his remarks, confirming his administration's blatant dismissal of all Americans' right(s) to accept or decline the experimental Covid-19 vaccine.
This is a stunning reversal from Biden's declaration last December that "I don’t think [the vaccine] should be mandatory, I wouldn’t demand it to be mandatory."
In fact, Biden even confirmed his intention to flout states' rights in the process, warning that "If these governors won’t help us beat the pandemic I’ll use my power as president to get them out of the way."
These are not the words of an "empathetic" leader; these are the words of an aspiring dictator. And, for the time being, the only way to stop Joe Biden's tyranny is through mass noncompliance.
As we've said from the beginning, science, basic logic, and common sense should dictate policy regarding COVID and the Delta variant.
But Joe Biden and the federal government have long abandoned those principles throughout this crisis, culminating into this disturbing yet inevitable flurry of intrusive vaccine mandates that use people's jobs, individual autonomy, and livelihood as leverage.
This assault on our individual rights, private businesses, and American workers cannot be tolerated, and the easiest way to combat these unlawful orders is to just say NO.
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Easing of the strict policy came after the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU), joined by the two Service Employees International Union (SEIU) groups representing support staff in the school district, wrote a letter on Wednesday to Lightfoot asserting that it is unfair for her to have relaxed vaccine requirements for other city workers while not doing the same for CPS employees who are “disproportionately Black and Latinx women.”
“This disparate enforcement of the vaccine policy will leave schools dangerously understaffed, and disproportionately impact employees of color within CPS,” wrote the Unions. “Surely, you are also aware of the reluctance to vaccination that exists in Black and Brown communities, which is justified in the context of our nation’s history.”
“Punitive enforcement of the vaccination policy in its current form will be ineffectual and will further destabilize already understaffed schools,” they warned. “Understaffed schools are unsafe schools. We urge you to avert this dangerous situation by refraining from punitive enforcement of your vaccine policy for CPS staff.”
In their letter, the school employee unions — historically aligned with the most progressive elements in the Democratic Party — went out of their way to stir racial discord in their criticism of the city’s police union whose leader has urged members to resist the mayor’s COVID-19 vaccination mandate:
It seems inconceivable that you would move to accommodate some workers, including the predominantly white male workforce at the Chicago Police Department whose union has actively opposed the vaccine policy, while your team at CPS seems intent on simply barring from work Black and Brown workers who confront very different challenges in meeting vaccine mandates. These challenges include concerns about the historic harm that medical mistreatment has caused communities of color, to lack of access to shots and reliable information about the vaccine and how to get it.
Chicago police risk layoffs while standing firm against city vaccine-associated mandates
On Tuesday, the president of the Chicago police officer’s union posted a video advising members not to comply with the city’s COVID-19 vaccine reporting mandate.
Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) head John Catanzara noted in the video that police and other city workers would be forced “into a no-pay status” and be sent home on Friday for not entering required information on the mandated vaccine portal.
“Do not fill out the portal information,” Catanzara told union members,” or “subject to testing thereafter.”
“Once you do that, we can never get that information back,” said Catanzara. “We have no assurances from the city that that is secure,” or “who it can be shared with.”
“I’ve made my status very clear as far as the vaccine, but I do not believe the city has the authority to mandate that to anybody let alone that information about your medical history,” he said.
“Hold the line,” urged Catanzara. “The simple fact that they keep putting out public statements, emails, and having bosses call you means one thing: Our members are holding the line.”
“If we get a large number of our members to stand firm on our belief that this is an overreach, and they’re not going to supply the information in the portal or submit to testing, then it’s safe to say that the city will have police force at fifty percent or less for this weekend coming up.”
“I can guarantee you that no-pay status will not last more than 30 days,” said Catanzara in the video. “There’s no way they’re going to be able to sustain a police department workforce at 50% capacity or less for more than seven days without something budging.”