One of the latest projects of Occupy Chicago, Occupy Freedom School aims to provide an alternative to the Chicago Public School system, as well as free classes to community members of any age.
Marissa Brown's son Omar is currently the school's only full-time student. Ms. Brown pulled him out of his CPS school in October. He's now being taught by a group of Occupy volunteers, including Ms. Brown herself, who design the curriculum of their courses in conjunction with each other and with their students.
Those behind Occupy Freedom School envision opening free schools throughout the city. They are currently rehabbing an empty home in the Woodlawn neighborhood of Chicago's South Side. The house, located at 6026 S. Vernon, will host an open house on December 21.