Various Upper West Siders and local institutions are protesting and organizing during inauguration week.
The Community Education Council, the UWS version of a school board, wrote a letter raising concerns about Trump’s choice to nominate Betsy DeVos for Education Secretary, given her support for charter schools and voucher programs. They say the Detroit charter school initiative she spearheaded was an “abject failure which hurt students enriched the coffers of private companies.” Most charter schools in Michigan perform below the state averages, the Times reported. But Eva Moskowitz, whose Success charter schools perform well above average on state tests, was enthusiastic about DeVos, tweeting that she “has the talent, commitment, and leadership capacity to revitalize our public schools and deliver the promise of opportunity.” DeVos’ confirmation hearings started on Tuesday.
Symphony Space, the performing arts center at 95th Street and Broadway, is participating in the “Ghost Light Project”, which is taking place on Thursday. “At 5:30pm sharp, we will all light our flashlights/phones/flameless candles, and then come together inside Bar Thalia for readings, performances, and thoughts from our artists and community. Everyone is welcome. We look forward to sharing this bright moment together. A complete list of participating theatres and more information can be found here: TheGhostlightProject.com.”
A group is meeting at the New York Society for Ethical Culture at 2 West 64th Street on Thursday to discuss how to fight for environmental issues under the new president. The meeting will run from 6 to 8 p.m. There’s more info here. (Update: this event appears to have been postponed.)
Celebrities like Michael Moore and politicians like Mayor de Blasio will be among the protestors gathering on Thursday night at 6 p.m. in front of Trump International Hotel at 60th and Central Park West.
Various local groups are organizing to attend the Women’s Marches in New York and Washington D.C. on Saturday. A Jewish group is meeting at 11 a.m. at B’nai Jeshurun at 257 We 88th Street and walking from there to Trump Tower to meet up with another NYC protest. The schedule and details are on this flier.
The Westside Republican Club does not appear to have any events planned to coincide with the inauguration, but has a meeting scheduled for Feb. 7. Learn more here. If there are other Republican groups celebrating the inauguration, let us know.
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