Media Advisory: An Invitation to Cathleen Black: Make the City-wide Rally on January 27th a Stop on Your “Listening Tour”

Press Advisory                                   

Date:  Friday, January 21, 2011     
Sam Coleman, Teacher PS 24, NYCORE/GEM:  646-354-9362
Lisa Donlan, President CEC1:  917-848-5873
Julie Cavanagh, Teacher PS 15, GEM/CAPE: 917-836-6465
An Invitation to Cathleen Black:  Make the City-wide Rally on January 27th a Stop on Your “Listening Tour”
School Communities Across the City Launch Fight Backs to Defend Against Public Education Attacks
Who:  Parents, Educators and Students city-wide including members of various schools facing closure and co-locations.  Participating school Communities in January 21st Fight Back Friday include:  PS 24K, PS 15K, Jamaica High School, Dewey High School, Lehman High School, PS 165, Murry Bergtraum, James Baldwin, Humanities Prep, Paul Robeson, The Academy for Environmental Leadership, among others. Endorsers include: Grassroots Education Movement (GEM), CEC1, Concerned Advocates for Public Education (CAPE), Coalition for Public Education (CPE), Youth on the Move (a program of Mothers on the Move), Center for Immigrant Families, and New York Collective of Radical Educators (NYCORE).
When:  Friday, January 21st; culminating press conference on the steps of Tweed, 52 Chambers Street, at 4:30 P.M. to cap off the actions by individual school communities throughout the day including “Wearing Black to Take OUR Schools Back.”
What:  On Friday, January 21st, parents, students, and teachers across the city will be taking different actions protesting Mayor Bloomberg’s destructive education policies.  Individual schools will be picketing, signing petitions and letters, and disseminating flyers to spread awareness about school closures, charter takeovers, impending budget cuts, and the damaging effects of mayoral control. The day will culminate with a press conference on the steps of Tweed at 4:30, where Fight Back Friday participants and stakeholders from schools facing closure and co-location will share their concerns.  A public school student will deliver an invitation for the City-Wide Rally to Stop School Closings and Charter Takeovers scheduled for January 27th to Cathleen Black. 
Additional Contacts:
James Eterno, Teacher Jamaica High School:
Stefanie Siegel, Teacher Paul Robeson High School: 347-721-2152
John Yanno, Teacher John Jay Campus:  646-546-6642
Michael Solo, Teacher Dewey High School: 917-750-7510
Jeronimo Maradiaga, Alumni JFK High School: 917-817-9547
Noah Gotbaum, Parent CEC3: 917-658-3213
Muba YaroFulan, Parent CPE: 347-785-3418/347-442-5134
Brenda Walker, Parent CPE:  347-583- 5925
Khem Irby, Parent CEC13: 347-475-7715


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