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Pittsburgh!

Pittsburgh!  Below is an excerpt from Brother El-Mekki’s speech at a school choice protest in Pittsburgh.  This is one of those once in a lifetime speeches, that can galvanize the school choice movement.  I’m happy that I was there to capture it.  Below: El-Mekki Live from Pittsburgh!

Pittsburgh.

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special interest group you know we have
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especially just group to our children
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[Applause]
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not the affluent not influential our
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special interest group of our children
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and we’re going to fight it up and
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saying we talked about choice we’re
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talking about a long legacy of people in
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communities fighting scraping pushing to
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make sure that their child has the
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education that they deserve the
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education that other people take for
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granted and don’t let them fool you
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there’s not a single person who does
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that believe in my child my choice they
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just believe you only deserve it if you
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can afford it if you can’t afford a
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higher mortgage three times of what
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you’re paying you don’t deserve it if
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Zip Code School Choice.

you can’t afford a $30,000 high school
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some of them started elementary their
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pre-k is right now that people are
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choosing that costs 20 something
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thousand dollars and they’re like if you
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can’t afford it you don’t deserve it
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well we’re here to say we deserve it
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because we are human beings children
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justice is not just for two influential
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and flloyd it is for everyone it is the
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human right and when I can look at my
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community and look at the same same
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schools that my grandparents refused to
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put my mother and father in and they
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will look at me now let’s say don’t you
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put my grandbaby in that school then we
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have a problem and who’s held that held
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accountable for that we’ve always chosen
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so I don’t even want to say like it’s
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just charted it’s a continuum of choice
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Bad Schools Are Bad Schools.

right before charters and when they say
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that Oh charters is the problem
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they sound like the people that say make
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America great again
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they say and make America’s schools
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great again and for us it has never been
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a great experience so when they say
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things like that let’s continue to hold
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them accountable continue to push back
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continue to make your voices heard make
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sure that they are aware that there are
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thousands of students who are on
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weightless
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weightless waiting their mamas in jail
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who are trying to find a better choice
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there are people who had to use
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different addresses people went to
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scraping in and live with people
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that just you know and increase the
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Any Means Necessary.

number of people in the apartment like
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anything by any means necessary to
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improve the educational outcomes for
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their child but we’re not just about our
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children like they are because there’s
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some people they only care about their
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we care about all children and they talk
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about being undemocratic there’s nothing
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more undemocratic than say only the
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elite only the affluent and only the
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influential get to make good options to
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have access to quality options for their
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child nothing’s more oppressive than
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that so I stand with you we stand
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Standing with the people.

together we stand for those who are not
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here but we’re here for the in spirit
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because the idea of not having access to
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quality education for our children for
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our communities is a it’s a non-starter
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we not going to be quiet we’re not gonna
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be silent and we’re gonna make sure that
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we are heard every single moment but Dad
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is what our children deserve I come from
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a long line of freedom fighters my
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Black Panther Parents.

parents were in the Black Panther Party
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and you know
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right they were making options my first
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school as an elementary school student
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within someone’s basement cuz they think
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you know what until we can get a
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building we’re gonna start a school we
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are opting out of that system and we are
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creating something for these babies
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that’s what they started so that’s the
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legacy so I will be with you forever as
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long as we don’t have quality option for
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every single child in this country and
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with today we start right here in the
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Berg thank you Mike
Pittsburgh is amazing.  We had the opportunity to visit Pittsburgh twice in 2019.  I look forward to the opportunity to return to Pittsburgh.