Washington – At a time when Commissioner Jenniffer Gonzalez gave a talk to students at a school in Camden, New Jersey, which is supported by Rutgers University, a trade unionist rose today to criticize his support for President Donald Trump and the policies of austerity in the educational area that has been implemented by the government of the New Progressive Party (PNP).
"Under his administration, 400 schools have been closed," said unionist David Galarza, according to a video of the event.
The protester referred to the slow and inefficient response of the Trump administration to the emergency that Hurricane Maria unleashed. "You support Trump," Galarza said, blaming the federal government for the deaths of about 3,000 people as a result of the cyclone disaster 26 months ago.RELATED
Galarza was removed from the classroom, but a good number of students dismissed him with applause.
Thank you @GloriaBSantiago and @LEAPacademy for the invitation to speak to the students about the work we have been doing for #Puerto Rico after the impact of Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017 pic.twitter.com/zBgTUlSq5h
– Jenniffer González (@RepJenniffer) October 21, 2019
Gonzalez was invited to speak at the educational institution about the recovery efforts of Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria as part of the commemoration of Hispanic Heritage Month.
"After talking with the students and knowing how they felt about their future, I was encouraged to ask the commissioner questions (and question)," Galarza said after the event.
Police took him out of the classroom, but Galarza expressed pride in seeing how the students reacted. "For me it was a lesson in civic participation," said the Puerto Rican trade unionist.