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Fight of a Self-Described “Left Radical” to Open Schools

Young students attend rally in Maplewood, New Jersey. Photo: Donny Levit/

One drizzly Saturday in December, around a hundred suburbanites gathered in the New Jersey town of Maplewood for a scrupulously rule-abiding protest. “We have extra masks and hand sanitizer and extra wipes for everyone who needs them,” Julie Fry, an organizer, announced through a pink medical mask. Her microphone, which she’d disinfected with an alcohol towelette, was connected to a bullhorn a safe distance away, held by a woman wearing an L.L.Bean windbreaker and a mask that asked “WWRBGD?” They stood together as families, in well-spaced clusters, in front of a stone-faced public building.

Fry, a public defender, describes her political views as “left radical.”

Read the article in New York Magazine.


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