Detroit Police Forcibly Remove Occupying Students from Catherine Ferguson Academy
Angela, Aya and I stopped by the Catherine Ferguson Academy after feeding the chickens at Spirit Farm yesterday afternoon. CFA is a Detroit public high school for pregnant and parenting teen girls- the only one of its kind in the nation. We heard that the students had decided to protest the closing of their school and others in the Detroit Public School System by occupying the school during their spring break.
We had the privilege of visiting with the occupying students while Angela took requests for the meals that she planned to make for them throughout the coming week.
We also spoke with one of the BAMN organizers. I’m looking for more details on how BAMN got involved and next steps and will post them when I have them. Note April 29th: I’ve removed the link to BAMN with thanks AMB.
We left CFA to get to meetings and errands but were encouraged by the strength and determination of these young mothers and their supporters. During the meeting we received the news that the police had arrived at CFA and that the students needed support. We headed on over and lit up the social networks with updates and photos.
When the students were removed from the school Angela and Aya headed home. The police were more militant in stance than I had expected and we wanted to make sure that Aya had a chance to decompress and warm up. Luckily this wasn’t his first protest/action though it was his first with police involvement.
I jumped in a car with a friend and went on to the Detroit police station where the students were being held. Once the students were released I shot this video of one of them describing her experience. I doubt that this part of the story will be told by corporate media. That’s why I’m sharing it here and asking others to do the same.