The streets of San Francisco as classroom

by Michael Downs

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Now those students are at it again, this time bringing the Season of Creation to life on our campus, and organizing for the Youth Climate Strike on September 20th. They will return to the streets of San Francisco, armed with even more knowledge, passion, and experience. 

Walking to targets in government, finance, and energy, they will let key stakeholders know where they stand. And where will my colleagues and I be?  Standing behind them, with them.

Michael Downs is the director of justice and kinship at Bishop O’Dowd High School in Oakland, Ca. 

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