There is a young awesome teacher in Orange NJ who’s under attack from the Fraternal Order of Police because her students sent get well cards to Mumia. Marilyn Zuniga, a third-grade teacher in Forest Street Elementary School in Orange, NJ, has been suspended for supporting her students’ wishes to send get-well letters to the imprisoned and gravely ill Mumia Abu-Jamal, one of the most celebrated, black public intellectuals of our time.
Sign the Roots Action Petition below to Reinstate Teacher Whose Students Sent Get-Well Cards to Mumia
The press has failed to explain that Ms. Zuniga’s students participated voluntary, that she in no way forced student compliance, and that the letter-writing was an extra project they were allowed to complete only after finishing regular assignments. Prior to this incident her mentor and principal had commended her for being a model teacher.
In this time of growing public exposure of systemic police violence against African Americans and Latinos, we must challenge any attempt by the FOP to determine what is taught in classrooms across our nation.
Stand with Marylin Zuniga, and in the long line of those who have stood up in solidarity with the unjustly imprisoned.
Supporters are asked to contact the Orange School system at:
Orange Superintendent of Schools, Ron Lee
Phone #: 973 677-4040
Forest Street School Principal, Yancisca Cooke
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone # 973.677.4120
Board Secretary, Adekunle James
Orange Brd of Ed phone #: 973 677-4000
The People’s Organization for Progress (POP) organized a rally at the school board meeting last night in the township of Orange. There were over 300 members of the community there to support Marilyn — UNANIMOUSLY speaking in support of her reinstatement. The crowd of supporters managed to convince the board to table their decision — we had word that they had already made their decision to fire her at the executive session prior to the public meeting, so this is a victory, but Marilyn may still be fired at any time unless Orange officials hear a public outcry like they did last night.
Here’s the video of Marilyn speaking last night: