What can a kid learn in school that he or she can’t learn by cutting class and wandering over to Bryant Park in midtown Manhattan? Answering that question is part of the plan for tomorrow’s large-scale “Shut It Down For Palestine” protest extravaganza.
“We are calling for movements, trade unions, youth, students, media and healthcare workers, and all members of society to increase the pressure with more marches, walk-outs, sit-ins, strikes, and other forms of direct action directed at the political offices, businesses, and workplaces that fund, invest in, and collaborate with Israeli genocide and occupation,” reads the Code Pink description.
Teachers Unite—an organization of teachers who say they are “transforming the public school system into one that is governed by democratic control, and grounded in values of racial and economic justice, restorative practice, and equity”—want New York youth to be well represented among those seeking to take “direct action” against Zionist targets.
A “Day of Action toolkit” reminds students they don’t need their school’s permission to leave school to join the youth brigades, “but it helps.” Sure. And what community-minded school principal would object to little Johnny’s heartfelt desire to take to the streets and protect the fatherland…