Sharon R. Higgins is a parent activist in Oakland,
California, who manages multiple websites as a concerned citizen.
One is “charter school
.” Another is the Broad Report. Third is a
compilation of articles about the Gulen movement.

Sharon has long wondered why so many districts, states, and the federal government
have turned over a basic public responsibility to foreign
nationals, who hire other foreign nationals, and export hundreds of
millions of taxpayer dollars. Her concern is not nationalistic or
xenophobic. It is about the civic and communal nature of public

She writes: “On Saturday I spoke at the “Expose the
Gulen Movement” protest rally held on a farm in the rural, rolling
hills around Saylorsburg, PA. We assembled less than two miles from
the compound where Fethullah Gulen lives. Gulen is considered to be
one of the two most powerful men in Turkey. This is the video of my
speech, starting at 00:45 min.…/AbdEylemVakti/videos/28766474 Earlier
that day, Gulenist operatives had driven around to take down the
signs that organizers had posted to help guide protesters to the
rally. The day before, a man from “the camp” (Gulen’s compound)
also attempted to bribe the owners of the farm in an effort to
prevent us from using their place. I also spoke at yesterday’s
“Expose the Gulen Movement” conference in Piscataway, NJ, attended
by 100 people, mostly Turkish Americans. My segment starts at 40:00
min. and lasts 20 min.

I understand the conference was simultaneously broadcast in Turkey.
In both talks I explain how the privatization of public education
has allowed the Gulen movement to establish the largest charter
school network in the US. Their 146 charter schools will enroll
over 60,000 students this year. The schools’ taxpayer-supplied
revenue is up to approximately one-half billion dollars per year.

Preceding me in both videos is Mary Addi, a former Gulen charter
school teacher. She was interviewed in the 60 Minutes piece. The
moderator at the conference is Kaya Boztepe, ex-president of the
Federation of Turkish American Associations. The conference
panelists seated at the table are a retired Turkish admiral and two
Turkish journalists. The journalists, who have been critical of the
government and the Gulen Movement, spent nearly two years in jail
after being arrested under terrorism charges. They were finally
released but I understand their trials are still pending and it is
expected that they will be found guilty and end up with long
sentences. Turkey now leads the world with jailing journalists.

More about those panelists here:
I want to emphasize that the panelists and conference attendees are
incredibly alarmed by Fethullah Gulen’s escalating power and the
manner in which he has acquired it. Gulen has been hiding out at
his compound in the US since 1998, but he periodically delivers
messages through his media organs in Turkey (Zaman newspapers), as
well as weekly sermons (and some even believe fatawa) to his
followers online.
In Pennsylvania I met a local resident who reported personally
seeing guards with “machine guns” at the entry of the compound in
the late 1990s. Locals have also seen helicopters flying over the
compound. I’ve read reports about those things, but never knew if
they were true or not. Over the past two days, I also met a lot of
Turkish Americans with personal stories of their own about the
Gulenists. This group’s stealth strategy is brilliant, and
dangerous. They intimidate and threaten their critics and many,
many people are afraid of speaking out against them. The big
question is why is our government letting this group run so many
charter schools?”