San Luis Obispo mayor asks children to skip school and strike

March 13, 2019

Mayor Heidi Harmon


In her latest call for social activism, San Luis Obispo Mayor Heidi Harmon posted on Instagram and Facebook an appeal to local students to skip class on Friday and participate in a global strike in which youth will demand action combating climate change. [Cal Coast Times]

“I stand with the next generation,” Harmon said in the social media post. “On Friday, March 15, students and youth from around San Luis Obispo will strike from school to demand real climate action. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., students, young people and supporters from an array of local organizations will rally outside the SLO County Board of Supervisors building.”

The demonstration taking place locally is expected to occur in conjunction with students striking in approximately 40 countries around the world, according to international media reports. The initiative was started by Swedish 16-year-old Greta Thunberg, who last year, skipped class and sat outside Sweden’s parliament with a hand-painted banner, kicking off the global school strike for climate movement, according to The Guardian.

Harmon’s social media post has been met with both praise and criticism. SLO Councilman Aaron Gomez came to Harmon’s defense on Facebook, saying the school strike is a student-led international movement.

However, critics have said it is irresponsible for Harmon to instruct students to skip school and that the San Luis Obispo mayor is using children to promote her political agenda.

When criticized for “encouraging kids to ditch school,” Harmon posted a link to an article reporting students in 40 countries will take place in the strike.

“The next generation understands that if we can’t solve climate crisis their education will be worthless anyway,” Harmon wrote on Facebook. “They are doing what they can because the adults have not done their job.”

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Here’s the deal–she could CARE LESS about SLO City, she is honing her game to run against Jordan Cunningham and go to the State Legislature. She walks all over her city council colleagues and runs in front of every camera. The Trib/KSBY/NTines have NO backbone to call out this eminently unqualified woman, this “professional victim” who has NO original thoughts, but parrots whatever dribble her “progressive ” tribes wishes to vomit out onto the public. SLO has NO mayor in function currently.

It’s one thing to tell students to walk out of class for a cause, duh wouldn’t you walk out of work for a cause if you could still get paid with no consequences. It is another to have them take a Saturday or other non-school time to stand up for a cause. How many would spend a whole Saturday protesting something?

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