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As Chicago awaits a vote that could end the seven day teachers strike, many parents, children, and community leaders are upset that students have been the ones most affected.

A group of South Side pastors and ministers say the children are being "crucified of both their education and their safety" and gathered Tuesday morning to call for an immediate end to the strike.

In a dramatic move, Chicago Bishop Larry D. Trotter used his granddaughter in a mock crucifixion at Sweet Holy Spirit Baptist Church on 86th and South Chicago Avenue.

Trotter says he tied the 4-year-old to a 7-foot tall cross to demonstrate how the children are suffering the most from the ongoing strike.

"My grandbaby's on this cross to symbolize the 400,000 children who now for the seventh day are being crucified of their education and their safety," said Bishop Trotter.

He says that like the crucifixion of Jesus, three nails have been driven in the lives of our children: one by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, one by the teachers union, and one by the board of education.

Bishop Trotter says volunteers are becoming weary, parents are angry, and children are losing hope. Trotter's church and over 100 other churches have been open as "safe havens" for six days of the strike.

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