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Puerto Rican civil rights attorney Ramon Jimenez joining freedom Party in lawsuit on NYC Schools Chancellor

December 4, 2010

Ramon Jimenez, who ran for attorney general of NYS in the general election this year joined civil rights attorney, Roger Wareham along with Council Member Charles Barron, past gubernatorial candidate, in representing the Freedom Party in the lawsuit against  Cathie Black for NYC Schools Chancellor.  Mayor Michael Bloomberg appointed Mrs. Black early last month to the post amid an outpouring of cries, protests, rallies, demonstrations and an on-line petition with nearly 12,000 signatures against her appointment.

Mrs. Black the former president of Hearst magazines resigned after the company demoted her to another position.  She served on the Coca Cola Company board of directors earning  over $195,000 to attend 6 to 10 board meetings yearly and $350,000 sitting on the board of IBM. Her tenure on the Coca Cola board controversial the company purchased sugar from subsidiaries using child labor in the sugar plantations of a few Latin American countries.

The nearly septuagenarian does not meet the requirements of NYS Eductiona Law for a school leadership position, and the Commissioner of Education David Steiner must issue her a waiver if she has exceptional background equivalent.  The problem is she spent most of her career in the magazine industry in advertising and many parents, elected officials, activists and others believe she is not qualified to be a chancellor to one of the largest school systems in the nation.

She is part of a millionaire and billionaire media mogul types that gathered a such annual conference in July called the Allen & Company Media Summit at Sun Valley Idaho. A participant had written a comment about his experiences at this conference and he described it as “hideous Roman orgy by Caligula it is”   because the participants get a card to buy whatever their hearts desire with it. This year the conference held  in July with the likes of Rupert Murdock, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and others attending.

Last year  November 23, 2009, Mrs. Cathie Black on a list of distinguished volunteers Mayor Bloomberg invited to a kick-off meeting at Gracie Mansion in NYC in preparation for the 2010 National Volunteering Conference this past June 28-30.

Mayor Bloomberg allegedly just picked Mrs. Black from his person address book offered her the position chancellor of the NYC schools and vetted no one else though he claimed he interviewed others there is no evidence he did. According to Mrs. Black the Mayor simply telephone her one day in October this year asked to meet him at the Bloomberg Family Foundation offices and then appointed her the NYC Schools chancellor.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg & Cathie Black NYTimes photo

Protest rally, thursday, Dec 2, , 4pm, Tweed Courthouse, photo credit: Holly Van Voast

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