Asean Johnson is a third grader at Marcus Garvey Elementary in Chicago and he is fighting to keep his school open during protests Monday, May 20, 2013.
*The public school system of America has been in constant decline for a very long time.
Large cities have had to fight for their teacher’s jobs as well as keep schools open. But none have been so embattled as the city of Chicago lately.
The protests to keep Chicago schools open began last weekend to keep the 54 schools Chicago’s city government slated to close from being shut down.
A ray of hope in the form of a third grader. Nine-year-old Asean Johnson of Chicago’s Marcus Garvey Elementary, rose from the crowd to address the ills of the city’s decisions from the point-of-view of an elementary school student who will be directly affected, according to Jet Magazine. (more…)
Community leaders and elected officials along with neighborhood residents come together to rally for the capture of those responsible for the kidnap and brutal attack of 5-year-old Na’illa Robinson.
*On January 16, we reported an awful, but heroic story of a man by the name of Nelson Mandela Myers, who rescued 5-year-old Na’illa Robinson on his way to work.
She was kidnapped from her elementary school and he later found her underneath a slide on a playground en route to his job, soaking wet in freezing temperatures, wearing only an adult size black t-shirt in the early morning hours of Tuesday, January 15.
Well, we thought the story stopped there and all was well with the world until we found out from an inside source that she had been so brutally, sexually assaulted that she has to wear a colostomy bag.
The story has yet to gain national attention and we are wondering why.
Spelman, Morehouse, and Clark Atlanta University students support Amendment One to give students better education options in Georgia schools during a rally at the state Capitol, Friday, November 2, 2012.
*Charter schools have long been a controversial option to the public schools that students are normally zoned to attend.
When the charter schools began, education experts and school officials made the argument that they would be the end of the public school system or unfairly segregate students.
But, Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse, and Spelman students see the benefit in the charter option and are fighting for support of “Amendment One” on Tuesday’s ballot by marching on Georgia’s Capitol, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The current Georgia law commands that “charter school applicants must first apply to the local school board. If the application is rejected, they can appeal to the state Board of Education, which may overrule local officials.
Amendment One, if passed, would create a third route for approval, an appointed state commission.”
*Geraldo Rivera made some disparaging remarks after the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin swept the nation.
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Basically he placed the blame on the victim because he was wearing a hoodie when he was shot and killed by George Zimmerman.
Or, as he told the world on “Fox & Friends,” Trayvon’s hoodie was “just as responsible for Trayvon Martin’s death as George Zimmerman was.”
But now he’s apologizing.
“I apologize to anyone offended by what one prominent black conservative called my ‘very practical and potentially life-saving campaign urging black and Hispanic parents not to let their children go around wearing hoodies,’” Rivera said in an email to POLITICO Tuesday, citing a piece in the National Review penned by Thomas Sowell.
He took responsibility of his words, realizing that his comments took away from the tragedy and relieved society of its duty.
He said “by putting responsibility on what kids wear instead of how people react to them I have obscured the main point that someone shot and killed an unarmed teenager.”
Pastors and community supportors protest
*The Christian Post reports that days after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear a Bronx church’s plea for after-hours school space, church leaders continue their fight to overturn New York City schools’ ban on church services in public school buildings.
Over 100 local pastors and allied legislators took to City Hall Thursday around noon to urge the city council to allow churches to worship in city schools after official school hours. The rally follows a failed attempt to petition the Supreme Court to hear a lawsuit against the Board of Education’s policy on behalf of the Bronx Household of Faith.
The high court decided Monday not to accept the case, meaning that the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals’ June decision to uphold the board’s policy against religious activity in public school facilities stands. It also means that BHF church will no longer be able to conduct its worship meetings in the school auditorium it has used since 2002.
That should have been the end of the 16-year battle. But for church leaders, it is instead the beginning of a new legislative push aimed at overturning the school board’s policy.
Read more at The Christian Post.
*Things are getting all the way turned up with the Occupy Wall Street protests, with rallies and gatherings popping up all over the nation and the globe. In a recent development, another celebrity has been arrested at the Occupy D.C.
R&B star Raheem DeVaughn was taken into custody while making a stand on the steps of the Supreme Court building at the nation’s capitol. He and Prof. West were among 17 others who were taken into custody.
Devaughn spoke to MTV News Monday evening about his arrest:
“I actually hopped on the plane from Chicago; I actually missed the MLK [dedication ceremony] event. Dr. West reached out to me to go meet up with them,” said a traveling Raheem DeVaughn. “Dr. West had been invited to speak down at Freedom Plaza, where they’re occupying the land for their cause. So after the speech, we proceeded to march and peacefully protest. We went down to the [Supreme Court] building and did what we had to do.”
DeVaughn shared that while the incident could be perceived as harrowing, the police officers treated Dr. West, himself and the other held individuals with respect – and even managed to bond with some folks while awaiting release although the singer was critical of the jail conditions.
“Everybody just embraced us and showed us a lot of love and applauded us for our efforts,” said DeVaughn of his fellow prison mates. “The place is so old. I learned so much about how the prison system works and it pretty much modern day slavery.”
West went to the protest after attending the MLK memorial dedication ceremony and joined other demonstrators.
“We will not let this day of Martin Luther King’s memorial go by without somebody being arrested,” West declared into a megaphone, as seen in a video captured of the event. “Because Martin King would be right here with us willing to throw down out of deep love!”.
In case you’re wondering, no charges will be made against West and Devaughn by authorities.