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September 2011

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From its beginnings, U.S public education has been designed to meet the labor needs of the capitalist class. During the industrial era, public education guaranteed a supply of educated workers—engineers .... read

How something happens or expresses itself is not what causes it to happen. The global economy is undergoing new shocks, the result of attempts to stabilize the economy by credit adjustments .... read

A momentous event took place in July, 2011 in Medellin, Columbia. Fernando Rendon, the Columbian poet who for the past 21 years has organized the spectacular Medellin International Poetry Festival .... read

And now look at you, my sweet beautiful monster I wanted you to stay home with your Mom and me and help raise your son .... read

The next step for labor is to clearly determine the role labor will play. There are many indications that labor does not know where to go so they are constantly repeating the same old thing .... read

Teachers shoulder responsibility to prepare their students with the skills and knowledge necessary to be productive citizens, yet they are continually criticized for their inability to overcome the effects .... read

“Let’s take over the takeover,” vowed a South Los Angeles resident about the Los Angeles Board of Education’s recent move to close Henry Clay Middle School and then reopen it with Green Dot, a charter-school .... read

The privatizers of public education play on the fact that public schools in America are more segregated by race today than they were when the Supreme Court ruled, in 1954, that separate education is .... read

In Chicago, as teachers start back to school, they are entering the last year of their contract. A few months ago, the school board handed out pink slips to more than 1,000 teachers. They have placed many .... read

The destruction of public education is in motion like a perfect storm, and the Atlanta Public Schools are a case in point. The first wave was the education cuts; the second wave, privatization in the forms .... read

Global warming due to human reliance on fossil fuels is the defining issue of our time. The escalating danger posed by the consequent climate change and extreme weather patterns around the world by way of .... read

Southern Illinois has more than its share of problems. Many of our counties have double digit unemployment as well as high poverty percentages. Opportunities for our youth to find employment following .... read

"My administration is the only thing between you and the pitchforks." Barack Obama, March 27, 2009. So begins the book, 13 Bankers. This was the President's message to the most powerful bankers in America as .... read

The residents at nursing homes in Berrien County, MI and across the US go through neglect, isolation, physical and emotional abuse, fatigue, depression, loneliness and hopelessness. Many have mental illnesses and .... read

Imagine a world where our elderly are happy and cared for, where the “golden” years are truly golden. Under capitalism, however, the elderly—many of whom are former workers whose labor is no longer needed .... read

We have lost ten million jobs due to the Great Recession (starting in 2007). Wall Street bankers and financiers, unregulated and out of control, artificially inflated the economy .... read

The immigration struggle moved into high gear last year with the passage of Arizona law SB 1070 and the threat of copycat laws across the nation, especially in the South, along with the failure of the US .... read

The Michigan Legislature voted on August 24, 2011 to implement a (lifetime) "TIME LIMITATION" of four years for welfare recipients to be on welfare. They have stated that 13,000 to 15,000 people will be cut off .... read

When will a national movement get formed to implement "stronger tactics" that effectively usher in the "revolutionary change" that we are working toward? Well, Gerald Celente of Trends Research Institute .... read

Do stronger tactics usher in revolutionary change? Not always. The example of Egypt’s recent upheaval is instructive. This massive and courageous uprising was an inspiration to people around the world .... read

I had the privilege of interviewing the Rev. Edward Pinkney. Rev. Pinkney gained national recognition for leading the impoverished, overwhelmingly Black community of Benton Harbor, Michigan in its fight .... read

Here’s something I really didn’t want to see happen—at least not under Michigan’s new version of the Emergency Manager Law. Flint Mayor Dayne Walling announced that the city’s finances would be placed .... read

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