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Furious Protesters Descend on Paul Ryan Outside Harlem Charter School

New Yorkers refuse to accept the House's passage of the American Health Care Act lying down.

Photo Credit: Working Families Party / Twitter

The American Health Care Act, which narrowly passed in the House last week, could negatively impact up to one million people in New York City alone. So after learning of House Speaker Paul Ryan's planned visit to a Success Academy charter school in Harlem on Tuesday, the resistance movement quickly mobilized.

"Since Paul [Ryan] has done so much for our kids’ education (and our health care for that matter), we want to make sure we give him a nice warm welcome," Katherine Brezler, national digital director of People For Bernie, explained in an email the day prior.

The protest was organized by New York Progressive Action Network (NYPAN), More Than A Test Score, the Alliance for Quality Education of New York, Citizen Action of New York, Teachers For Bernie and the Working Families Party. Representatives from Metro NY Health Care for All, Strong Economy for All and Make the Road New York also joined in the action. 

Protesters were instructed to meet at 11am at Harlem Success Academy 1 on West 118th Street. "Make sure Paul knows exactly what we think of him—bring your signs, memes, songs, and chants!" read the Facebook event page.

"Health care is a human right! Health care for all! Not just for Paul!" chanted protesters. "Trumpcare, that's a Lie! You don't care if people die!" others chimed in. 

Success CEO Eva Moskowitz was considered for education secretary under President Donald Trump before Betsy DeVos' controversial nomination to the post. 

Alexandra Rosenmann is an AlterNet associate editor. Follow her @alexpreditor.

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