Wednesday, September 10, 2014

In Newark–finally, some heroes, some risk-takers | Bob Braun's Ledger

In Newark–finally, some heroes, some risk-takers | Bob Braun's Ledger:



In Newark–finally, some heroes, some risk-takers

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Students hold the line against efforts by mounted policeman to break through
Students hold the line against efforts by mounted policeman to break through
Newark’s public schools will be saved from privatization only if supporters are willing to take risks. Yesterday,  Newark finally saw some risk takers–the high school students and handful of adults who blocked Broad Street for eight hours, refusing in a very adult way to give up their lines despite an effort by police to plow through, and a mayor who risked criticism for not arresting the students.
“The children are doing what the adults are not doing because the adults are too scared to do it,” said Antoinette Baskerville-Richardson about the siege of board headquarters at 2 Cedar Street organized  by the Newark Students Union. The school board member spent most of the day monitoring the protest.
But did it make a difference? Will the risks taken by the students and Mayor Ras Baraka–the courageous actions taken yesterday by both –hasten the end of Anderson’s tenure? Will it quickly end the “One Newark” plan that has brought so much pain to so many city families?
Maybe not. But this is what they will do: They will keep the fight alive, keep the light shining, in the face of the inertial forces that would try to gloss over the pain Anderson is causing and bring on a complacent, apathetic business-as-usual attitude that will allow Anderson to continue her plans unimpeded. Without the students, Anderson would be free to act without, not just restraint, but even without notice.
Although the children led the way yesterday with their act of civil disobedience, this is not child’s play. They were protecting the jobs and rights and income of adults. Eventually,  if employees do not resist, they will have to bend to the In Newark–finally, some heroes, some risk-takers | Bob Braun's Ledger:

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