Several New York City public charter schools that receive funding from George Soros are allowing Black Lives Matter activists to come in and form student groups.
Black Lives Matter of Greater New York has been working with students in schools for about a year, with the full support of administration and teachers in those schools. In fact, some of the schools’ faculty members participate in Black Lives Matter protests themselves.
The charter schools have all received funding from George Soros’ Open Society Foundations, a network of non-profits that work to advance the billionaire’s social and political goals.
The Black Lives Matter knockoff group that made national headlines after sharing a stage with Trump supporters, has been organizing students in the New York City public education system for the past year — creating youth chapters in two experimental, social-justice themed high schools funded by George Soros’ Open Society Foundations (OSF).
The relationship between the students and Black Lives Matter of Greater New York (BLM-NY) is reinforced by school administrators and faculty, some of whom participate in demonstrations organized by the activist group.
BLM-NY’s youth chapter at South Bronx Community Charter High School (SBC) is headed by an educator on staff who was once honored by the Obama administration.
In Brooklyn, teachers at the Nelson Mandela School for Social Justice recently helped arrange a photo shoot featuring BLM-NY members alongside faculty, students, and football players ‘taking a knee’ in support of Colin Kaepernick.
Both charter schools are part of the public system, birthed out of a novel program described by Nelson Mandela H.S. as “an ongoing collaboration between the New York City Department of Education and the Open Society Foundations.” Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg launched the experiment in 2011 as part of a broader initiative that received a $30 million investment from Soros’ OSF.
Soros-funded fellowships were granted to individuals to design transformative models for new schools built on a community conscious pedagogy. For example, Nelson Mandela H.S.’s mission includes preparing young people “to stand for social justice” and “help them to define their purpose and responsibility as global citizens.”
“Our students are really capable of organizing, which I think is the most powerful component,” said Mario Benabe, a math teacher at SBC H.S. who leads its BLM-NY youth chapter. “Students should be equipped to be able to mobilize if they feel an injustice.”
Benabe and his students first connected with BLM-NY last October while conducting ethnographic research on the streets of the Bronx. They crossed paths with Walter “Hawk” Newsome, President of BLM-NY, who was outside the district attorney’s office protesting the death of a mentally ill woman fatally shot by an NYPD officer. Students engaged Newsome in a conversation, and an instant bond was formed. He had just recently started organizing under the Black Lives Matter brand, even though the group Newsome was building had no affiliation with the official, more extreme Black Lives Matter Global Network.