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Protesters Plan to Picket Harlem Success Academy for Paul Ryan Visit

By Dartunorro Clark | May 8, 2017 4:19pm | Updated on May 9, 2017 9:10am
 House Speaker Paul Ryan, who is a support of charter schools, is slated to visit Success Academy charter school in Harlem on Tuesday.
House Speaker Paul Ryan, who is a support of charter schools, is slated to visit Success Academy charter school in Harlem on Tuesday.
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HARLEM — Protesters got ready to unleash their fury over the recent health care bill as House Speaker Paul Ryan prepared to visit the Success Academy charter school in Harlem Tuesday morning.

Ryan — who oversaw last week's vote in the House that threatens to strip health care from 1 million people in New York City and restore insurance companies' right to reject applicants based on pre-existing conditions — was invited to visit the school at 34 W. 118th Street by Success Academy CEO Eva Moskowitz, according to POLITICO New York and the Daily News.

Ryan is a supporter of charter schools.

The Alliance for Quality Education, the Working Families Party, Metro NY Health Care for All, Strong Economy for All, Make the Road NY and Citizen Action NY vowed to protest the visit at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.

"Fresh off of voting to take away health care from millions of Americans, Paul Ryan is coming to NYC tomorrow!" a Facebook protest invite wrote, "Because Paul has done *so* much for our kids’ education and for the health care of working families, we want to make sure we give him a nice warm welcome.  Join us at 11:00 between W 117th and W 118th Street on Malcom X Blvd and make sure Paul knows exactly what we think of him -- bring your signs, memes, songs, and chants!"

Ryan started Tuesday morning in Midtown with a live appearance on "Fox & Friends" talking about health care and tax reform.

Moskowitz has invited other controversial political figures to her charters, including Ivanka Trump, who made a surprise visit to the same school this past November. 

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy has also visited the Harlem charter, POLITICO reported.

Moskowitz was reportedly on the short list to be President Trump's education secretary, but immediately quashed rumors she'd be moving to D.C. 

"If I left and went to D.C., who would keep their eyes on Mayor de Blasio?" she previously said.

Moskowitz has famously sparred with the mayor over securing space for her network's rapidly growing schools.

A representative for Success Academy did not immediately respond to a request for comment Monday.