Action Alert

Take action to stop religious pandering in NYC

1Bill de BlasioPlease take action to tell Mayor Bill de Blasio to halt his endless religious pandering.

This week, New York City schools will close for Good Friday. Students will get Spring Break and Good Friday off. The New York City school calendar lists March 30 as "Spring recess: schools closed" for Good Friday and then the same goes for the entire next week, April 2-6. 

Schools can be shut for legitimate secular reasons, including the probability that so many students will be absent that remaining open would be counterproductive or costly. But schools should not be run in accordance with any religious faith, let alone every religious faith. This is to the detriment of NYC public education, which should be prioritized above religious practices. De Blasio should be basing his school closing decisions on secular notions, not religious pandering — even if this means making certain devout constituents unhappy.

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Please contact Mayor de Blasio and politely express your disapproval of his latest act of catering to the faithful. You can urge him to uphold state-church separation by emailing him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or submitting a message to his online contact form. The mayor’s office can be reached at 311 if you live in the city or 212-NEW-YORK if you phone from outside New York City.

Mayor de Blasio’s Twitter handles are @BilldeBlasio and @NYCMayorsOffice if you wish to tweet your disapproval to the mayor. You can also send mail to his office:

Mayor Bill de Blasio
City Hall
New York, NY 10007


Please feel free to cut and paste or customize the talking points we've provided below.

  • As a constituent of Mayor de Blasio, I would like to express my disapproval of the scheduling of New York City schools to close for Good Friday — a religious holiday.
  • It’s to the detriment of the city’s public education to run schools in accordance with religious faith, especially all the major religious faiths.
  • The city’s education system should be prioritized above religious practice and the mayor should be basing his school closing decisions on secular notions, not religious pandering.
  • Students who observe the sacred days of their personal religions can be allowed excused absence, but I ask that the mayor end the senseless closing of schools for so many religious holidays.

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