Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Wednesday Afternoon near Stuyvesant Town: Demonstration Against School Budget Cuts on East 16th Street and First Avenue

We were on our way to a meeting, crossing First Avenue from Stuyvesant Town at East 16th Street heading toward Stuyvesant Square around 3 p.m. yesterday when we spotted this demonstration against the New York City schools budget cuts outside the corner convenience store.

There was a bullhorn and chants like "Books, not bombs!" The old Stuyvesant High School, which now houses Health Professions and Human Services High School and the Institute for Collaborative Education, is down the block.

Handmade signs read "Bloomberg Thinks Education is a Business," "Don't Make Schools Like MLK" (?), "Protest Budget Cuts" and "Steal From Banks, Not Schools."

We don't know who sponsored this demonstration, but we do know ones like it are going around all over the U.S. as schools face drastic budget cuts.

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