Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Philadelphia Gets Its Schools Back

After Years of Failed ‘Choice,’ Philadelphia Gets Its After Years of Failed Choice: Philadelphia Gets Its Schools Back

Jeff Bryant
Despite the strong marketing for “school choice” by politicians and U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, communities that know firsthand what it’s like to have lots of “options,” like charter schools and vouchers, have found what’s more important is to have a voice in how their schools are governed and operated.
That’s the lesson to draw from Philadelphia, where the school district is about to complete a transition to local control after 16 years of governance by a state-appointed commission that emphasized cutting expenses and staff, closing neighborhood schools, and expanding charters.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Dolores - Must See Film

Live boldly,   KVIE. Channel 6.  March 27,  9 PM, and other public television stations., 

by Duane Campbell
There is an important new film out – Dolores, the story of former DSA Honorary Chair Dolores Huerta and her fight for justice.  She is the woman holding the Huelga sign on the DSA landing page. If you want to be inspired by her struggle for social justice, go see the film. 
Although at times ignored by the Anglo media, and at other times castigated as a red and an “outside agitator,” Huerta tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice alongside Cesar Chavez, becoming one of the most important feminists of the twentieth century. If you don’t know her story, you should ask yourself why.  She continues the fight on many fronts to this day, at age 87. With unprecedented access to Dolores, the film reveals important parts of the struggle for dignity and justice for farmworkers, as well as the raw, personal stakes involved in committing one’s life to social change. 
Dolores, produced by PBS and Independent Lens, serves labor history well by accurately describing the often overlooked role of Filipinos who initiated a strike in Delano in 1965, which the nascent NFWA (National Farm Workers Association) joined to create the great Grape Strike that changed labor history in the Southwest.

Students- March for Our Lives

Photos by David Bacon

SAN LEANDRO, CA - 24MARCH18 - Students parents and teachers march to oppose gun violence in schools, in the March for Our Lives.  The march started at Washington ELementary School.

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Sunday, March 25, 2018

A Warmongering War Criminal Takes the Helm of the USS Trump » Organizing Upgrade

A Warmongering War Criminal Takes the Helm of the USS Trump ; Organizing Upgrade

"Let's call Bolton what he is, a War Criminal with Terrorist Ties, not just 'Hawkish'" 

Juan Cole writes: 

"John Bolton helped lie our country into an illegal war of aggression that killed several hundred thousand Iraqis, wounded over a million, and displaced 4 million from their homes, helped deliver Baghdad into the hands of Iran, and helped create ISIL, which blew up Paris. In a just world, Bolton would be on trial at The Hague for war crimes. Instead, he has been promoted into a position to do to Iran what he did to Iraq"...

These war-makers can be stopped: even the bulk of the ruling class and military is somewhere between reluctant and opposed to striking Iran or North Korea. But without a lot of noise and more than noise from the bottom up, the alarms and outcry from all quarters won't be enough. Over the last 15 months opposition to militarism and war has not matched the breadth or militancy of other fronts of the anti-Trump resistance. This has to change, and it has to change now. For action ideas both immediate and long term and resource materials, here's a partial list of groups and actions to connect with:

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Sac State Students - life and debt

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

The Case for Nancy Pelosi

MARCH 20, 2018

Meyerson on TAP

They’re gunning for Nancy Pelosi again. Democratic candidates in swing districts—even a few in solidly blue districts—are suggesting they might prefer a new and different leader in the House.
Since the early 2000s, Republicans have been running against Pelosi, in classic Republican style, by alleging she’s the personification of coastal elitism. The charges have been leveled so many times, much as similar charges were leveled at Hillary Clinton, that millions of Americans believe them, though they’d be hard-pressed to say what, exactly, Pelosi has done that can substantiate them.
Here, then, is a charge that sticks, that’s empirically verifiable: Nancy Pelosi has been the most effective legislative leader of either house of Congress since—well, way back. It was Pelosi who was responsible for the passage of the Affordable Care Act, when Rahm Emanuel and others were telling President Obama to give it up. It’s been Pelosi who has kept the House Democrats united in opposition to such Republican legislation as the tax bill. It was Pelosi who mobilized the House Democrats’ opposition to the Iraq War, which enabled them to capture the House in the 2006 election.
Indeed, Pelosi came to power in the House Democratic delegation not just because she had the backing of the liberals, but also because such old bulls as John Murtha and David Obey knew she was “operational”—able to craft and pass bills that needed to pass and block bills that shouldn’t. Her record compares favorably to such other legislative legends as Sam Rayburn and, as Senate majority leader, Lyndon Johnson.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Students Speak Out on Rising Tuition- Sac State

On Tuesday March 13th at 10:30 am, Students for Quality Education is organizing a student speak out in the Library Quad. The purpose of this rally is to give students a platform to share their thoughts about the proposed 2018/2019 tuition hike and the underfunding of higher education. 

President Nelsen and his cabinet will be in attendance along with representatives from ASI. This is an excellent opportunity for faculty,  students, and community to come together on campus to speak out against the tuition increase and the underfunding of higher ed.