June 4th - PS 202K - click to see pics at GEM blog
I really thought the Grand finale was at Tweed today when the cars were honking for about 5 minutes straight just as we were ending the rally. And now Channel 7 News story!!!! Nice work every one!!!!! Check out the excellent remarks by Sam, Ann and all:
SEE ABC COVERAGE:
It was good to see and march with such a diverse group rallying today in fron of Tweed against the proposed budget cuts to public education in our city.
At my school, PS 157K, several staff members helped to get about 65 signatures of teachers, staff and parents protesting mayor Bloomberg and his destruction of our public school system. Some important and insightfui conversations took place. One parent said, "He (Bloomberg) needs to see my name and address on this petition. I'm angry at what he is doing to our kids!" Several of the teachers said they signed up for the rally on June 16, some for the first time. People are not only worried about their futures, but are showing anger at this administration and the damage Bloomberg and Klein are doing to our public schools and ultimately to our children.
Google map of protests: Banana Kelly HS in Bx
Report from IS 218K
Around 40 IS 218 teachers, paras, counselors and secretaries (most of the staff) participated in a very lively protest outside our school between 7:45 and 8:30 this morning. A lot of passing cars and trucks honked their support. We distributed a leaflet we produced (entitled "Defend Public Education: Stop the Cuts") to students and parents and which we intend to get out more widely. We were also joined by a few teachers from K 683, the high school opened this year in the 4th floor of our building where almost all the teachers would have been laid off if Klein had sent out the pink slips.
We are considering holding protests every Friday until the end of the year.
It is also worth noting that the New York Teacher sent a photographer who took quite a few pictures and said the protest would be covered.
All the best,
Tom Crean, chapter leader IS 218
Video of PS 193k and pics from PS 84k.
At the GEM blog
Here is the video I shot this morning at 193: