Rally at Catherine Ferguson this Thursday!
This THURSDAY, JUNE 16th @ NOON, will be a rally at Catherine Ferguson Academy to keep the school open. It’s the only school for pregnant and parenting teens like it in the country. This amazing school is a vital and integral part of education in the health and future of Detroit for generations to come. For no good reason Roberts has decided to close CFA and take away this very successful school model. We’re going to gather there in solidarity with the students of CFA to provide mutual aid and support for their action. Students and staff of CFA have been organizing this rally themselves. They are passionate and determined and are asking for the support and presence of the Detroit community to be there with them to help provide the space for their voices to be heard.
Ms. Andrews, the students and staff are also asking that everyone invite Roberts to attend on the 16th. Send him an email and leave a message requesting that he come to the rally. Please be kind in your approach.
Here is ROBERTS EMAIL – firstname.lastname@example.org
PHONE – 313.870.3772
Contact him as soon as you can and pass this info along. Please send it to national organizations as well and others that will support or may be able to pressure the issue. CFA is a local school but education discrimination and co-opting school systems is a national crisis.
Ms. Andrews has suggested some signs that can be made for the rally:
KEEP CFA OPEN
DONT CLOSE CFA
MOM + BABIES + CFA = A LIFE TIME OF SUCCCESS
WE CAN BRNG IN $200,000 FOR SY 2012-13
DONT THROW THE BABIES OUT
educate a woman educate a nation
this is a race we dare not lose
She also explicitly ask that no profanity or dis-respect be used on the signs.
THREE THINGS WE CAN DO:
1. Send Roberts an invite via email and phone call, leave him a message
2. Be at the rally on Thursday, June 16th @ noon at CFA
3. Inform others to do the same!
Be mindful that this is the students’ rally. Their voices come first and we support what they want. If there is an opportunity to speak, be sure it’s a student voice. No one can substitute them in their struggle but we can certainly support.
There’s also word of people organizing an afternoon picnic at the CFA farm on the 16th. Through the various ways people can get involved that day there should be a lot of folks there. Find where you can plug in comfortably and join the effort to keep CFA open.
Hope to see everyone there!