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Pregnant teen mums protest closure of Detroit High School that teaches them how to become urban farmers

Famous Catherine Ferguson Academy may be closed – 13 arrested in heroic action

By Diane Bukowski
Apr 19, 2011
Voice of Detroit
(A sad story! Mike)

DETROIT – In an interview with VOD, Ashley Matthews, 17, described the heroic student-led occupation of her school, Catherine Ferguson Academy on April 15. She spoke of the wholehearted support the young mothers received from the community, as well as the vicious physical and verbal brutality police visited on them during their arrests.

She said two toddlers, there with their mothers, watched the events.

“When I came home, my mom and step-dad watched us on the news,” Matthews said. “My mom broke out in tears when she saw how the police treated me. She told me, ‘I’m so proud of you.’ This was the most joyful moment of my life. I was so flabbergasted by all the support and I felt so much pride because I actually stood up for something I believe in.”

Catherine Ferguson is a Detroit Public School for teens with children, or who are expecting. It provides special support services to help them complete their education and go on to college. It received broad publicity last year for the urban farm the students themselves created in the surrounding area.

Read the complete article here.

More at Rachel Maddow’s blog here.

1 comment

1 Concerned { 05.15.11 at 8:49 pm }

Education improves women’s lives for women of all economic classes, ages, and ethnic backgrounds.
Education reduces fertility, defers childbearing, and improves the overall economic health of women. Money needs to be put into educating young poor women who are marginalized.
Why doesn’t an influential, wealthy, and high profile woman like Ophrah Winfrey respond to this and speak out on behalf of these young women? Or why doesn’t Michelle Obama speak out on behalf of these poor women? Do these women who hold powerful positions in our society not want to be involved?