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May Day Student Walkout Planned For Fort Greene Park

Students at Paul Robeson High School to rally against school closings, budget cuts and 'privatization' of public education.

Citing a list of grievances including "the privatization of our school systems, the budget cuts, lack of appropriate leadership, malicious closings, phase-outs of schools against community wishes" and more, students at Paul Robeson High School in Crown Heights planned a walkout Tuesday at .

Students announced the May Day rally via this YouTube clip posted last week. 

The city Department of Education decided to close the high school, named for the African-American actor and famed civil rights leader, earlier this year. 

Members of the student body took the streets in February in support of the Occupy Wall Street movement in an attempt to draw attention to the school's plight.

Students from Paul Robeson will potentially join thousands of workers in a walkout promoted by Occupy Wall Street that will culminate Tuesday afternoon in a march from Union Square to the Financial District. 

Anticipating a hefty turnout among protestors, the New York Police Department put out this "leaked" assessment warning officials that May Day festivities could disrupt traffic on the city's bridges, tunnels and ferries. 

Jenny May 01, 2012 at 03:42 PM
will you try and find out what happened at the rally please. thanks.
Paul Leonard (Editor) May 01, 2012 at 05:00 PM
Here's an update: As of 12:30 pm at FG Park, there were a dozen social justice work students from Brooklyn Friends Academy, along with parks officials, and police officers, including Capt. Scott Henderson, commander of the 88th Precinct, which includes Fort Greene and Clinton Hill.
Kourtney May 01, 2012 at 06:03 PM
Good for these kids!! Stand up for what you believe in.
Brandt Hardin May 01, 2012 at 06:45 PM
The Occupy Movement is NECESSARY for our citizens to expose the corruption which Big Business has infected our Government with. Every single person occupying the streets and protesting Corporations is a hero and a patriot. I was compelled to lend a hand and create some new posters for the movement which you can download for free on my artist’s blog at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2011/11/propaganda-for-occupy-movement.html
hayes May 02, 2012 at 07:57 AM
thanks and it went really good we had a lot of support from wall street as well as police officers im proud of myself as well as everyone in my school because we were quit for a long time but then we noticed that if you keep taking ours schools what will we have left !!

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