Hip-Hop Stars To Protest NYC Education Cuts

Some of the biggest names in hip-hop are planning a protest on City Hall this week. Rapper Jay-Z and hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons are among those who plan to demonstrate tomorrow (June 4) against May

Some of the biggest names in hip-hop are planning a protest on City Hall this week. Rapper Jay-Z and hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons are among those who plan to demonstrate tomorrow (June 4) against Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposed school cuts. Jay-Z has sent out a call to students of the city's public schools over New York radio stations to join the protest after their classes get out tomorrow.

The protest, dubbed Mobilization for Education, comes a day ahead of Bloomberg's final budget submission to the New York city council. "We are mobilizing the Hip-Hop community to join with the United Federation of Teachers and the Alliance for Quality Education because education is a vital issue for Hip-Hop," Simmons said in a statement. "I visit schools all the time and I'm tired of hearing about kids sharing books and having no desks of their own. The elite have abandoned the war on poverty and education and it's up to us -- the hip-hop community -- to stand up. No one else will. Our elected officials have failed us."

The protest also has the support of such hip-hop stars as Ja Rule, Nas, Mos Def, Fat Joe, Ashanti, the Wu-Tang Clan, Eve, and Grandmaster Flash. New York radio stations are running public service announcements voiced by Simmons that encourage "a peaceful act of civil disobedience. We urge parents, teachers and students to shut the city down and let them know we won't tolerate them stealing from our kids anymore! You can find money for jails, you can find money for schools."


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