Sunday, May 16, 2010

ED Cartoon of the Week

"Race to the Top" Is Bottoming Out

Protesting Black Cleveland Hi School Youth Get Red-Baited by Corporate Media
NOTE: It is becoming clearer everyday that our fight for a free quality public education for all New Yorkers is not a lonely battle. From Puerto Rico to Los Angeles to Cleveland, students, educators, parents and communityfolk are resisting the cutbacks, charterizing and criminalizing of our youth. Here is just one example of the growing resistance movement....

NOTE: This video is visually shaky but has a decent audio.

ClevelandFIST May 15, 2010 — This video shows students from Collinwood High School gathering in a crowd of several hundred chanting save our schools! Later, Martha Grevatt is shown responding the media attempts to claim the protest was part of Caleb Maupins communist agenda. 

Devin Branch, a local organizer with the October 22nd Coalition, is seen engaging in a discussion with a leader of the local SEIU. Devin Branch says "I am ready to accept a level of disorganization the part of the youth to make up for the lack of militancy and the complacency of the adults." 

Devin Branch makes it clear that he feels the attacks on local Marxists and Cleveland FIST for supporting the student led protest are hypocritical, when NAACP and other forces ignored the students demands and have done very little to stop the destruction of the Cleveland Public School system.

•  Call
the Fifth District Police station, 216-623-5618 & 216-623-6500 to demand all charges against the students be dropped and to protest the brutal treatment of the students. 

•  Call the Cleveland Board of Education, 216-574-8000 and Collinwood High School, 216-451-8782 to demand the suspensions be rescinded and that Seth Barlekamp not be threatened with expulsion.

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