Council Speaker Protested Over Barron Removal

December 31, 2009 Updated: October 1, 2015
The Rev. Al Sharpton protests the possible removal of Councilman Charles Barron as Higher Education Committee chair.  (Stephanie Lam/The Epoch Times)
The Rev. Al Sharpton protests the possible removal of Councilman Charles Barron as Higher Education Committee chair. (Stephanie Lam/The Epoch Times)

NEW YORK—Protesters gathered at the City Hall on Wednesday over the possibility that Council Speaker Christine Quinn will remove Councilman Charles Barron as Higher Education Committee chair. The event was organized by the Rev. Al Sharpton.

Barron should not be removed, he said, because he has “raised reforms that need to be raised,” and has challenged the speaker.

“I think it is a travesty to politicize education,” Sharpton said. “The chairmanships must not be spoils given out as rewards, but it must be earned based on service and accountability to the city.”

Professor of the Borough of Manhattan Community College Dr. James Blake added that “[Barron] stood up for us; we have to now stand up for him. And most of all, stand up for your education.”