I just want to take a second and make sure you all see this national recognition of Newark Student Union in their fight to take back their schools from the insulting, chaotic regime of Cami Anderson and Chris Christie.
I hope you can join me in getting their back, however and wherever you can. Please consider posting this to your Twitter or Facebook, with a note of encouragement from you: Via The Nation (The Nation):
4. In Newark, Students Show Up
On November 13, the Newark Students Union bused a delegation to Washington, DC, where Newark superintendent Cami Anderson was scheduled to attend a panel at the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative policy think tank, to discuss the success of the One Newark Plan and how other cities can privatize public education as it is currently happening in Newark. Startled by our appearance, the AEI staff tried everything in their power to kick us, black and brown bodies, out of the space. After an hour of patiently waiting for the event to start, it was canceled due to a “security breach.” At that point, we took control of the room and tried to explain to attendees why Anderson refused to show her face. The next week, the Barringer High School branch of the NSU walked out to protest the school’s punitive, underresourced, unresponsive environment-left unaddressed by the One Newark plan. Students were forced to stay inside by security guards and police officers, violating their right to protest. As the administration maneuvers to close schools, displacing at least 8,000 students, we will continue to recruit students and build stronger bases throughout the city for actions soon to come.
-Jose Leonardo, in Fifteen Millennial Movements Taking Off This Week, (The Nation, 11/24/14)