Reinstate Teacher Whose Students Sent Get-Well Cards to Mumia
|A recent biased news frenzy led by the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) has targeted Marilyn Zuniga, a third-grade teacher in Forest Street Elementary School in Orange, NJ. As a result, she 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.||Background:
Educators' Letter to Ronald Lee, Superintendent of Schools
The press has failed to explain that Ms. Zuniga made student participation 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. Click below to send an email to Ronald Lee, Superintendent of Schools in Orange, NJ.