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Students from Paul Robeson High School in Crown Heights exited their classrooms around noon to make the trip to Fort Greene Park to call for an end to the inequality they said was the cause of the imminent demise of their community.
BROOKLYN, NY (Catholic Online) - "We want to make sure that things change, not just for us, but for the people coming up," said Norman Flagstaff, 18, a senior at Robeson, which the city Department of Education plans to shutter at the end of the current school year. "Everyone has the right to a quality education."
Protesters from Brooklyn Friends School and Brooklyn Technical High School joined Robeson students at the park's Revolutionary War-era Prison Shop Martyrs' Monument.
"The only thing that separates our school from theirs is the name," said Tech senior Courtney P., 18. "We have a lot of problems too."
Police stationed nearby said the rally, which had about 75 students, was peaceful, with no incidents or arrests reported.
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Pope Benedict XVI's Prayer Intentions for January 2013
General Intention: The Faith of Christians. That in this Year of Faith Christians may deepen their knowledge of the mystery of Christ and witness joyfully to the gift of faith in him.
Missionary Intention: Middle Eastern Christians. That the Christian communities of the Middle East, often discriminated against, may receive from the Holy Spirit the strength of fidelity and perseverance.