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Al Sharpton Expected at NAACP Rally in Norwalk

Civil rights leader the Rev. Al Sharpton will attend a rally Tuesday in support of a Bridgeport woman who was arrested for sending her son to a Norwalk elementary school. The rally, organized by the state and Norwalk chapters of the NAACP, will be held at Brookside Elementary School from 6 to 8 p.m.

Also Tuesday, Tanya McDowell, 33, is scheduled to appear again in state Superior Court in Norwalk for proceedings related to the larceny charges filed against her in the school case.  As part of her case, McDowell also faces seperate narcotics and breach of peace offences.

A postcard advertising the rally was distributed last week calling for participants to “rally to fix the broken educational system – because no child should live in fear that their parent will be arrested for trying to get them a decent education.”

Organizers are hiring buses to transport participants coming from New Haven, Waterbury, Hartford, Bridgeport, Meriden, New Britain and Stamford.

“It’s about equal education,” said Bobbi Brown, youth council president for the NAACP of Bridgeport. “We’re going to get a lot of young people to come out and make some noise. Having Al Sharpton there will shine some light on the situation.”

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