Above: Newark students declare “We have nothing to lose except our chains.” All photos from Twitter, #ournewark.
Students Declare Victory After 12 Hour Blockade that Shut Down Newark
After holding a blockade for nearly 12 hours, Newark students release their arms, form a group hug and chant “I believe that we will win! I believe that we will win!”
A students mother has watched her daughter link arms for 12 hours. Tells her daughter how proud she is #ournewark
Update: Four Hours Later Students are Still Blocking Roads in Newark
Student say they will not leave until their demands are met or until they are forcibly removed. They are blocking the streets of Broad and Raymond. Some people are buying them ices but they could use food and water. Follow them on twitter #OurNewark.
Update: Breaking News: Newark students blockading Newark Public Schools headquarters
Newark Students Walk Out, Demand Local Control Of Schools
On Wednesday morning students blockaded the Newark Public Schools headquarters, locking down, sitting in and engaging in civil disobedience.
The Newark Students Union took their demands for full local control of their schools by walking out and protesting on September 9, 2014. The students walked out marching down the street, stopping traffic, in an ongoing battle since the district was put under state control years ago and Governor Christie appointed Cami Anderson as superintendent.
The students held teach-ins and a rally in Military Park in Newark. Students from Science Park High School, Arts High School and Central High School gathered to participate in courses on the history of student activism, art-making for activists and a workshop on student rights.
They took their demands to Superintendent Cami Anderson, Commmissioner David Hespe and Governor Chris Christie.
“We are building a movement to take back democratic local control of our schools,” Kristin Towkaniuk, president of the Newark Students Union to Eye Witness News. “Our action…will be an escalation demonstrating the community’s unrest over Chris Christie’s efforts to privatize our public schools.”
The students want Cami and ‘One Newark’ privatization plan out of the city.The One Newark plan moved some students to new locations, expanded charter schools and changed leadership. The students view Cami Anderson’s ‘One Newark’ plan as a tactic to dismantle public schools. The students are fighting the corporatizing of their public schools.
The boycott, and the Freedom Schools run by PULSE NJ continue. The actions are part if a two-day walk-out which continues today. The students promised dramatic action today when they take their protest to Newark Public Schools headquarters.The protest comes on the heels of a parent-led boycott during the first two days of the new school year and amid strong criticism of the school district’s failed transportation plan that left countless children stranded on the first day of school.