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  • Protesting is a civil right that I wish I did more often as a kid. Fortunately, it's not too late to teach our future leaders the joys of freedom of speech. Last Thursday presented a great chance to march along side the students I work with and protest education budget cuts in San Francisco, CA. Cuts to education amounting to $20,000,000 were already implemented over the past 3 years. It's no wonder that 42% of our schools are failing. I was happy to see that youngsters understand that too. As part of our after-school activity, my inner-city kids from grades 1 to 8 (most of which are English as a Second Language learners) eagerly made their own picket signs out of cardboard, crayons, and markers. A few words were spelled wrong here and there, but that seemed like more evidence against the cuts. So we kept them. At 4 o'clock on a chilly afternoon, we braved the cold and marched down to City Hall. Citizens from all walks of life gathered together to tell our leaders, "Books not Bombs...We are the 99...These cuts don't heal..." This was a teachable life moment for our youth. Hopefully it sticks with them and they continue to rise up against injustice.
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