Smith H.S. rallied 100 people to fight against Bloomberg’s attempt to close this invaluable gateway for many Bronx working class students. Students led the chants and pleaded passionately to save Smith and its many vocational programs that provide lifelong careers. Many graduates have earned jobs that service our communities and have even helped build the new Bronx Yankee stadium. In this video , Danny Escobar pours his heart out in the school’s defense. Smith has nurtured him as a family and is giving him carpentry skills that are provided nowhere else.
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GEM is mobilizing citywide for a protest at Mayor Bloomberg home on Jan. 21 at 4:30 PM. Get your student, parent, community and teacher organizations to endorse this important rally. Build the pressure to stop school closings. Stop the drive to privatize with charter schools.