In NYC: Former Governor Candidate Charles Barron among activists arrested at school-closings protest

Charles Barron ran for Governor of NY State in 2010 on the “Freedom Party” ballot line. Barron is an elected, Democratic official, serving on the New York City Council.

(excerpt from) NY1.com
Two Dozen Protesters Arrested During Rally Against School Closures

Two dozen demonstrators, including two City Council members, were arrested in Downtown Manhattan Monday as they protested the proposed closing of 25 public schools that the Panel for Educational Policy will vote on this week.

Brooklyn Councilmen Jumaane Williams and Charles Barron, angered parents of students, and educators were arrested for forming a human chain across Chambers Street, in front of Department of Education headquarters in Tweed Courthouse.

The arrested activists were brought to Manhattan’s 1st Police Precinct.

“We’re saying to Tweed, you can talk about shutting us down all you want. What would happen if we didn’t leave?” said Barron…

15 thoughts on “In NYC: Former Governor Candidate Charles Barron among activists arrested at school-closings protest

  1. Kimberly Wilder Post author

    Classification answer: Kiss my butt.

    😉

    LOL.

    On my blog, I have a category called “third party” that I use as a tag. So, I just got mixed up. I fixed it.

    Happy, now?…Paulie….

    😉

  2. Kimberly Wilder

    P.S. On a more serious note…

    I love Charles Barron’s line:

    “What would happen if we didn’t leave?”

    They are trying that one in Egypt now. It’s a pretty good strategy!

  3. Kimberly Wilder

    Cathie Black, Mayor Bloomberg’s public school chancellor who does not understand, have experience with, or care about public education, and her panel voted to shut down 10 schools today. There will be a vote Thursday about closing more down.

    This is really a despicable move. What does it mean to close down the school of a poor kid in the city…it means to bus them to a different, over-crowded building and start over again. (And, it appears it also means letting a charter-school take over their conveniently evacuated real estate.)

    Story with links at my blog:

    http://wilderside.wordpress.com/2011/02/02/nyc-city-panel-votes-to-close-10-schools/

  4. Kimberly Wilder

    I have a question for Libertarian folks here. (I believe in many Liberty principles, myself.)

    I have been thinking that, in the back of my mind, I associate public-private partnerships as Libertarian-supported, because I think of Libertarians of being pro-business.

    Though, when you think about it, anytime that the government let’s a corporation run a service, it is really just a gimme of either public funds or a public monopoly.

    Are there any Libertarian think-tanks or candidates that speak boldly against public-partnerships and expose them for the frauds they are?

    This thing about closing public schools, is just a way for Bloomberg and his cronies to make space for companies that own charter schools to get a foot in the door. It is very sad.

    I think if the left was screaming because they believe in public education, and the authentic right was screaming because they see the manipulation in the public-private partnership, there might be a chance to defeat this thievery.

  5. paulie

    I have been thinking that, in the back of my mind, I associate public-private partnerships as Libertarian-supported, because I think of Libertarians of being pro-business.

    Libertarians are not for “anything that supports business.” Public-private partnerships get monopoly government to interfere in the free market, thus are anti-libertarian.

    Though, when you think about it, anytime that the government let’s a corporation run a service, it is really just a gimme of either public funds or a public monopoly.

    Correct.

    Are there any Libertarian think-tanks or candidates that speak boldly against public-partnerships and expose them for the frauds they are?

    Yes. Many.

    This thing about closing public schools, is just a way for Bloomberg and his cronies to make space for companies that own charter schools to get a foot in the door. It is very sad.

    I think if the left was screaming because they believe in public education, and the authentic right was screaming because they see the manipulation in the public-private partnership, there might be a chance to defeat this thievery.

    Many, though not all, libertarians see charter schools as being preferable to government-run schools. Ideally, we would prefer a true free market/free voluntary association in education, but many people see charter schools as a logical transition step. That is different from supporting public-private partnerships over genuine free association.

  6. Kimberly Wilder

    Yeah. I think the charter school issue confuses things.

    That is where the problem is…

    Libertarians understand public-private partnerships are bad. But, Libertarians like the Charter School idea so much, they are for Charter Schools.

    Someone should iron out the way that the government fooled people into this trap.

    One way for the confusion is by using “Charter” to mean many different things.

    A “Charter School” should mean a school, funded by regular tax money, that gives MORE FREEDOM to the community, because it is run by parents and/or teachers.

    Instead, the government uses “Charter School” to mean a greedy corporation, that inserts itself into the flow of tax dollars. Giving parents little more choice than the public school or ONE, BAD, Profit-Driven, Corporate Monopoly, by whomever bribed the government officials the best.

    I hope someone works out this conundrum.

    It exists because of the divide-and-conquer situation:

    Adamant leftists don’t allow any choice or freedom, such as magnet schools or community charters. They cling viciously to the demand for one school, with no choice, and they denigrate parents who want to take some power to set up their own institution, or even parents who want home-school freedom.

    Then, on the other side, adamant, and well-meaning people on the right, who think that by supporting sham “Charter Schools” run with tax money, for the benefit of well-connected corporations, they are doing anything towards justice in school choice. When, in fact, they are just helping squash freedom, from a different direction.

    Wish both sides – where sincerity exists – would try to listen to the other side. I wish the left who cling fiercely to one-size-fits-all publicly funded education, and the right who want more individual choice in where education tax dollars go, could start a proper dialogue.

    Corporate charter schools suck for all sides of sincerity. And, they are as bad an injustice, and as bad a sell-out of our children, as is the system of corporate-run prisons.

  7. Fun K. Chicken

    A “Charter School” should mean a school, funded by regular tax money, that gives MORE FREEDOM to the community, because it is run by parents and/or teachers.

    That’s a good idea. Is it being done?

  8. paulie

    Corporate charter schools suck for all sides of sincerity. And, they are as bad an injustice, and as bad a sell-out of our children, as is the system of corporate-run prisons.

    I’ve never thought of it that way. Thanks for making me think.

  9. Kimberly Wilder

    If Mayor Bloomberg is so rich, and Cathie Black is so successful, let them come up with some of their own resources for real estate where Charter Schools can be built.

    What a great business plan, they are using now. I could make any business or school seem to take a giant leap, if I start off with free real estate, ripped off from the public dole.

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