Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Teacher Strike in Arizona and Colorado

This year, fights at state capitols across the country are looking different than ever before. Educators are tired of the budget cuts to schools, tired of low pay, and tired of being ignored or disparaged. And they are willing, like never before, to act collectively to fight for their kids, their schools, themselves and their communities. 

From West Virginia to Oklahoma, Kentucky, and, this week, Arizona and Colorado, educators are walking out of their classrooms to protest low pay, austerity budgets, and the threat of privatization and closing schools. 

And they have the support of parents, students and their communities. A new poll says that 78 percent of Americans support increasing teacher pay and more than 50 percent would support raising their own taxes to pay for it.  

Today, teachers in Puerto Rico will rally at the Capitol and create a human shield around it to show they will protect public education. Demonstrate your support by joining their shield virtually in solidarity on Facebook and Twitter

The usual Republican playbook isn’t working anymore. Economist Paul Krugman gave a great analysis this week of why. He said that tax cuts sharply reduce revenue, wreaking havoc on state finances, which forces states to cut spending. And since education is central to state and local budgets, that puts educators in the crosshairs. 

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Syria War Dead

Choosing Democracy: Syria War Dead: In seven years, the casualties of Syria’s civil war have grown from the first handful of protesters shot by government forces to hundre...

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Republican -Austerity Government Fails- RYAn

Paul Ryan’s world was already crumbling when he announced yesterday that he wouldn’t seek re-election. It wasn’t just that 40 of his Republican colleagues had already declared they weren’t running again. It wasn’t just that pollsters and prognosticators were predicting the GOP would lose the House come November, and Ryan his speakership. It wasn’t even that Ryan, lacking 60 Republican votes in the Senate, wasn’t able to roll back the essential government services he so despised, and that, after November’s election, that prospect would be even more unlikely.
It was also that Ryan’s model of government—low taxes, few and low-quality services—was being rejected even in the most Republican of states. In Kansas, good Republican parents had ousted the Ryan-Brownback tax-and-budget-cutting legislators in GOP primaries, supplanting them with representatives who voted to raise taxes to provide more funding for schools. In West Virginia, a wall-to-wall Republican state government had caved to striking teachers’ demands to do the same. It was happening, too, in Oklahoma, and the prospect of higher taxes and more public funds also loomed over Kentucky, Arizona, and who knows what other supposedly solid Republican states.
Not an Ayn Rand moment, nor a Grover Norquist moment, nor a Paul Ryan moment. Let Mitch McConnell deal with Donald Trump’s messes. The writing was on the wall: It’s time to go. ~ HAROLD MEYERSON

Sunday, April 8, 2018

DSA Joins Poor People's Campaign

The Poor People’s Campaign March And Program - Sacramento
April 16, 2018
                                   Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
                                  2620 Capitol Ave. , Sacramento

6:30 PM- 8: 30 PM

I’m proud to tell you that DSA is joining the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival!The Poor People’s Campaign is uniting tens of thousands of people across the country to challenge systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, ecological devastation and the nation’s distorted morality. And you can get involved right now.
The Poor People’s Campaign builds on the vision of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In the last year of his life, Dr. King set out to bring poor people together for non-violent direct action for “a radical redistribution of economic and political power.” Fifty years ago today, the day before his assassination, Dr. King spoke in Memphis as part of the Poor People’s Campaign, standing up for striking sanitation workers.
As DSAers, you and I understand the connections between poverty, structural racism, warmongering, and environmental catastrophe. And as part of DSA’s Poor People’s Campaign work, you can help dismantle white supremacy and economic oppression and stand up for a democratic socialist future. Sí, se puede!
In solidarity,
Maria Svart, DSA National Director

The Poor People’s Campaign March And Program - Sacramento
April 16, 2018
                                   Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
                                  2620 Capitol Ave. , Sacramento

6:30 PM. - 8 :30 PM
Dear Friend of the Poor People’s Campaign:

In 1968, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., helped launch the Poor People's Campaign to lift all Americans out of poverty and bring an end to the war economy. Today, our situation is even more urgent.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Daily Show, "Chicano Studies Ban in Tucson"


Daily Show, "Who's Responsible for the KKK?"

Daily Show, "The Master Race Needs to Play it Cool."

Daily Show, "The Battle for the War on Women"

Daily Show, "What MLK, Jr. Would Have Wanted"

Daily Show, "Suppressing the Vote in North Carolina"

Daily Show, "Nicoteens"

Daily Show: Two Black Men Get Arrested for Doing Nothing at Starbucks (4/16/18)