Next up: a hunger strike
I knew the campout last week wouldn't be the last we heard from Peer to Peer Enterprises, the coalition of youth advocates led by the Algebra Project. The group is lobbying for $3 million in city money to support knowledge-based youth employment. Mayor Dixon didn't budge after students camped outside City Hall for two days last week. So next week, the students are staging a hunger strike. They'll be stationed at Pratt and Light streets starting the night of May 30.
I saw a few of the Algebra Project's youth leaders at a meeting earlier this week. They said that, when the mayor came out to talk to them before their camp site was disbanded last Thursday, she suggested that they get jobs at the new Target in Mondawmin Mall. They were frustrated because the point of Peer to Peer is give youth employment using the knowledge they gain in school, whether through tutoring, debating or producing an educational video. I'm seeking clarification from City Hall on the mayor's remarks.