Tuesday, January 22, 2019

High school freshmen assemble at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge to protest it's closing during Trump's shutdown of the government





QNS


About 120 ninth-grade students from Metropolitan Expeditionary Learning School in Forest Hills, rallied at the shuttered Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Visitors Center on Thursday in an effort to raise awareness on how the ongoing federal government shutdown is impacting their education, school and communities as a whole.   

Students presented their solutions to environmental issues on Jan. 17 and advocated for the opening of the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Visitors Center — located at 175-10 Cross Bay Blvd. — where they’re unable to complete their fieldwork investigations, due to the government shutdown.

The students acknowledged the hardworking rangers at the refuge — and other national parks — who aren’t being paid, saying, “They’ve done so much for the bay such as cleaning it up, and making sure people have a good time.” 

Together they chanted, “Don’t shut down my education…whose parks…our parks!” as they concluded with their final message: “Speak your mind, reach out, make your voice heard, after all power comes with unity.”


Each year, ninth-grade students in Living Environment class work with the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, which is part of the National Parks System, to study ecological systems and human impact in a real-world setting. At the conclusion of every semester, students present their findings at the Visitors Center as part of their final presentation of learning.

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wasn't there a time when this was going to be renamed to Honor James Buckley former conservative mayoral candidate?

Tommy Efreeti said...

Also good news:

Queens wetlands (Ridgewood reservoir) receives protected status after years of activism

Liman said...

Trump's shutdown?

Anonymous said...

Cos you know how many people are running to the Wildlife Refuge....

Didn't Channel Lewis spend a lot of time there?

JQ LLC said...

Liman

Yes. Trump's shutdown. Nothing political about it. He said it, he owns it. The buck stops with him.

Last anon re: Lewis

You are thinking of Spring Creek Park, which is miles away from Broad Channel.

Anonymous said...

Not all our youth is lost.

Anonymous said...

Nah it ain’t that far from the wild life refuge- You can walk to where Lewis raped & murdered an innocent young woman. Channel Lewis took the Q53 bus daily to his school for delinquents in Rockaway Park - it goes past the Jamaica Bay Wild life Refuge
Channel Lewis , unemployed & unemployable after being graduated out of his school for troubled delinquents had plenty of time on his hands to go on nature walks - openly public urinating & skulking about backyards & patios in Howard Beach at night

Anonymous said...

Yawn... save money by terminating these non essential employees- I’m doing fine w/out them

Anonymous said...

JQ - If I recall correctly all spending bills come from the house.
Did the house pass any spending bills in the last month or two?
The only thing the President can do is veto a bill, which he has not done.

So????

JQ LLC said...

First anon.

I was referring to the broad channel entrance not the area where the gruesome murder took place. Frankly, I don't understand the correlation with Lewis and what these great kids are doing.

Second anon. I know how the house works. I am just going by what the man said on national t.v. in front of millions of people, so I guess that headline was political, who the fuck cares.

Don't worry, I will not use this blog to rail against the bad orange man, that's what my other blog is for when the mood strikes me when I am not writing about our idiot mayor and governor, the rise in crime the media and the NYPD are not acknowledging, and the gentrification industrial complex of real estate and government.

Thanks for reading and thanks to everyone else who came back.

Anonymous said...

Appropriation bills need to be passed by the House and Senate. Trump’s tool, that pasty Mitch McConnell has vowed not to pass any bills without Trump’s ok. So, yeah, it is Trump’s shutdown. This is Trump holding America hostage so that he can blackmail Americans into putting up $5.7 billion that he promised that Mexico would pay. Damn traitor.

Anonymous said...

@Anonymous JQ LLC said...
I commend you on keeping Queens Crap alive but...
When the honeymoon is over I hope you can be unbiased towards conservative libertarians like myself who where drawn towards Queens Crap !
#longlivequeenscrap

Anonymous said...

Its freshmen, not freshman, or maybe today it should be "freshpeople" or "freshkids", or maybe "fresh meat" for the Education System.

JQ LLC said...

I am unbiased towards Conservatives and Libertarians and conservative libertarians.

But the bad orange man is neither in my humble opinion. Apologies. And he did want to christen the shutdown in his name, even though those two corporatist hacks Nancy and Chuck goaded him into it.



Thanks anon for pointing out my miscue.