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Old 06-17-2013, 11:44 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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Hunger strike against school closures begins in Philadelphia


I find it shocking and disturbing that as we are dismantling our public education system across the country, once regarded as the best in the World, we are building more and more for-profit prisons to shuffle the growing portion of society that have become disenfranchised from it.

Governor Tom Corbett of Pennsylvania is closing 23 public schools and laying off nearly 3,000 employees in order to close a $304 Million budget deficit while at the same time spending $400 Million to build another new prison.


What's even more disturbing is that the same people that own interest in Corporate Prison Companies like Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) own interest in our very colluded and controlled media.
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Old 06-17-2013, 11:55 AM
 
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Good, now all those students can go to a real prison instead of making their school into one.
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Old 06-17-2013, 12:16 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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Good, now all those students can go to a real prison instead of making their school into one.
You'd rather spend tax-payer money on extremely expensive prisons than educating our youth-when we already have the largest prison population and incarceration rate in the World, completely unjust laws, racially biased sentencing and a WAR that has become our nation's longest and costliest solely being waged in deindustrialized areas with severe lack of opportunity.

No need to discuss this any further with you, as you're part of the problem.

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Old 06-17-2013, 03:12 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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And those in privileged positions wonder why the poor youth can't just all become hedge-fund managers like they did.
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Old 06-17-2013, 03:16 PM
 
Location: ID
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Good, now all those students can go to a real prison instead of making their school into one.
A hunger strike may also be a step in the right direction to help bring down those national obesity stats.
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Old 06-17-2013, 03:18 PM
 
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here's an idea, pay property taxes that most schools collect for funding. oh that's right, the properties in those neighborhoods aren't worth anything. the communities and the citizens are the problem.
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Old 06-17-2013, 03:18 PM
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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Maybe we shouldn't make it a dichotomy of schools vs prisons. I do not know the school situation in Philly; what I do know is that school closures are usually done for reasons of declining enrollment. People get upset when their school is being closed. I've seen that in affluent Boulder, CO.
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Old 06-17-2013, 03:19 PM
 
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Good, now all those students can go to a real prison instead of making their school into one.
My kid attends a Philadelphia public school. The staff that have just been laid off - which is all of them - are fine human beings as are the kids. You are out of line, thank you.
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Old 06-17-2013, 03:22 PM
 
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My kid attends a Philadelphia public school. The staff that have just been laid off - which is all of them - are fine human beings as are the kids. You are out of line, thank you.
then there must be something wrong with the parents if there is no money for the school.
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Old 06-17-2013, 03:25 PM
 
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then there must be something wrong with the parents if there is no money for the school.
The money has been mismanaged for many years. Their are a lot of very poor neighborhoods where there is no tax revenue to speak of.

Amtrak is delinquent in property taxes by 13 million dollars. That's a big problem right there. There's a serious delinquent tax problem in Philly where absentee owners owe millions of dollars and can't be found.

Which also causes vacant buildings and blight, but that's another topic.
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