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Georgia Teacher Fired For Protesting Michael Brown Shooting - Tell School District to Reinstate Her

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- 1416 days ago -
Maryam Shakir arranged for a substitute to cover her class, & took part in walk-out denouncing non-indictment of Darren Wilson in Michael Brown's death. Georgia teachers don't have collective bargaining rights, so she can't contest her firing. But we can!


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LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Friday January 2, 2015, 3:41 am
Maryam Shakir, a teacher at Paul West Middle School in Atlanta, was just fired from her job for attending a protest. Shakir took part in a walk-out organized to denounce the non-indictment of Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown.

Shakir had organized to have a substitute teacher cover her class, and even discussed her decision with the principal prior to attending the protest. The principal told her she might lose pay for missing her class, and Shakir decided she was fine with this. So, having done right by her students and by her superiors, Shakir headed to the protest. Then, she was fired.

Speaking to CBS TV Atlanta, Shakir said, "In no way do I consider myself having walked out on my students. I was walking out for them."

Because Georgia teachers do not have collective bargaining rights, Shakir cannot contest her firing.

But we can. Join us in calling on the Fulton County School District to reinstate Maryam Shakir!

PETITION TO THE FULTON COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT - : Maryam Shakir acted responsibly in her choices and was fired for speaking her mind. We call on you to reinstate her!

YouTube - Maryam Shakir interviewed on CBS46 news story (this link on petition page doesn't work)

Teresa W (782)
Friday January 2, 2015, 5:54 am
noted and signed, thank you

Ben O (139)
Friday January 2, 2015, 6:50 am

Animae C (507)
Friday January 2, 2015, 7:24 am
994 signatures

T.Y. LucyK

Solitary Eagle (324)
Friday January 2, 2015, 8:03 am
Signed and shared. Thanks LucyK.

Past Member (0)
Friday January 2, 2015, 8:31 am
S+S-thx Lucy

Ingrid A (524)
Friday January 2, 2015, 9:58 am

Maria Teresa Schollhorn (42)
Saturday January 3, 2015, 12:47 am
Signed. Thanks Lucy.

Nancy M (152)
Saturday January 3, 2015, 9:03 am
Signed and thank for posting Lucy!

Shocked to read that Georgia teachers don't have bargaining rights, for all the belly aching that we hear from many on the right.

Jim Phillips (3247)
Saturday January 3, 2015, 9:24 am
Petition signed.

Maryam Shakir did her students right by informing them and her principal ahead of time of her
decision to march. Maryam planned ahead of time. She should not have been fired from her job.

ty, Lucy.

Robert B (60)
Saturday January 3, 2015, 3:22 pm
That sounds to me like a good case for a lawsuit. There should also be a federal investigation for violation of her civil rights. She did everything right yet got stabbed in the back by some jackass.

SusanAWAY A (219)
Saturday January 3, 2015, 5:00 pm
Noted, signed and shared widely.

Sheryl G (360)
Saturday January 3, 2015, 7:03 pm
The school said she requested bereavement leave instead of personal leave. Well okay, even if she did that is a simple correction. Maybe to her it was a type of bereavement, not what the term is intended for but she is only 21. Sit down, discuss what is actually meant by the term, change the record to personal time, and be done with it. We have to be so harsh in this Country over minor things.....or there is more to it and they will not say that it is. Either way, a harsh punishment for something like that.

Rose B (141)
Saturday January 3, 2015, 7:26 pm
1,049 signatures of 2,000

William Moorman (22)
Sunday January 4, 2015, 3:25 am

Past Member (0)
Sunday January 4, 2015, 3:52 am
Where's justice?

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Sunday January 4, 2015, 4:29 am
I was at first a bit puzzled that she chose 'bereavement' as the motive for her taking the day off, but, like you, Dandelion, I ended up finding an explanation of sorts--- that, for her, it was a case of bereavement --- for Michael Brown.

In any event, she took such pains & made such effort to do everything right, discussing her plans with her principle, finding out what the consequences would be, arranging for a substitute teacher & letting her students know... that you can only conclude --as Robert B did-- that she 'got stabbed in the back.'

JL A (281)
Sunday January 4, 2015, 8:41 am
s&n;thanks Lucy

Past Member (0)
Sunday January 4, 2015, 9:02 am

Cinzia Palamara (16)
Sunday January 4, 2015, 9:07 am
Signed. Thanks Lucy for sharing

Dawn M (141)
Sunday January 4, 2015, 2:55 pm

Jonathan Harper (0)
Wednesday January 7, 2015, 12:59 am

Robert O (12)
Friday January 9, 2015, 12:19 am
Have signed.

Jelica R (144)
Monday January 19, 2015, 4:42 pm
1,300 signatures of 2,000
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