“Look, If Governor Christie can disrupt traffic to make a political point, well, so can we.”
– Walkout participant
“The schools in Newark are in chaos.”
– Mayor Ras Baraka
It is refreshing to the soul to see thousands of students put their bodies on the line to defend their schools and their city against the disrespect and disruption of Chris Christie’s errand girl Cami Anderson – and her plan to disrupt, destabilize and ultimately open their schools to tycoonery.
It’s inspiring, what happened today. These students are so damn young. And yet, they know the score. They know the difference between sweet talk and bullshit, between promises and threats. They don’t have all the answers but they know what kind of city they want. Their leaders are articulate and fierce, they’re not put off easily by intimidation – and intimidation has been tried on them many times, as have efforts to divide them. And still they speak of taking responsibility for one another:
We have a duty to fight! We have a duty to win! We must love and protect one another!
– 2,000 students chanting
All of New Jersey should simply have their backs.
Below the fold, video – via NJ Communities United – of students at and on the way to City Hall, and at the convergence of major roads including NJ Turnpike. Also, full statement of Newark Mayor Ras Baraka.