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SF Labor: Calls on Labor Movement to Mobilize in Washington, D.C. August 24 (tags)

In Support of the SCLC and King Center call for a March and Rally in Washington, DC on August 24, 2013 and in Support of the July 2 Northern California Demonstration to Demand a Massive Federally Funded Jobs-Creation Program and No Cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid

Democrats and Labor: A Tale of Abuse (tags)

The Democratic Party’s participation in the recent national “sequester” cuts is yet another big dent in their love affair with organized labor. But break-ups are often a protracted process. Before a relationship ends there is usually a gradual deterioration based on irreconcilable differences, until the split becomes inevitable. The decades-long marriage of labor unions and the Democratic Party is nearing such a divorce. Labor unions are becoming frustrated as the Democrats flaunt their affair with corporate America and Wall Street.

Is The “Democracy Initiative” What We Need? (tags)

Last December, at the National Education Association headquarters in Washington, D.C., leaders from a variety of progressive organizations such as Greenpeace, the NAACP and the Communication Workers of America met with the intention of beginning a national campaign to, in the words of Mother Jones reporter Andy Kroll, “remake American politics.”

The Unions, the Millionaires Tax, and the Road to Success (tags)

This winter the California Federation of Teachers (CFT) sent tremors of hope through its ranks by announcing it was going to spearhead an attempt to place an initiative on the California ballot — appropriately called the “Millionaires Tax” — that would raise taxes only on millionaires (3 percent on those making more than $1 million; 5 percent on those making more than $2 million).

Labor Representatives Under Attack, Seek Queer Democrats’ Help (tags)

Three San Diego union leaders — Central Labor Council CEO/secretary-treasurer Lorena Gonzalez, Municipal Employees’ Association general manager Michael Zucchet, and SEIU Local 221 head Eric Banks — spoke to the predominantly Queer San Diego Democratic Club April 28 on the state of the local labor movement. They focused on the attacks on public workers by the Republican party and the radical Right, which is aimed not only at driving public-sector wages and benefits below those offered by the private sector but also denying the one source of substantial campaign funding available to Democrats and thereby winning elections by eliminating effective competition. They also talked about the Right-wing bias of San Diego’s media and their success in demonizing public workers’ pensions as the source of San Diego’s financial ills.

Egypt's Spirit Lands in Wisconsin (tags)

protest

Teachers and Democrats Head for Divorce (tags)

It’s best to quickly recognize the red flags in any failing relationship. This way, ties can be severed instead of allowing things to linger forever in dysfunction. For Democrats and teachers’ unions, the writing is on the wall. The two are simply going in opposite directions. The Democrats continue on the road to corporate-inspired charter schools, using the tried and true method of “stronger teacher evaluations” to undermine “underperforming” schools and teachers — thus opening the door wide to private charter schools with their non-union workforce.

The Rift between Teachers and Democrats Widens (tags)

The corporate media is brutally honest on rare occasions. Take for example a recent article in The New York Times Magazine, titled The Teachers’ Union’s Last Stand (05-23-10). The title itself is surprisingly sincere, since it admits that the nation’s teachers are being targeted for attack by the Obama Administration, through his “Race to the Top” education reform. And although the article has an inherently corporate bias, it contains many revelations that have been otherwise ignored in the mainstream media.

Reinventing No Child Left Behind (tags)

Obama plans to privatize public education

"Hizzhonor:" Chicago Politics Under Richard M. Daley (tags)

last of the big city bosses

The Fight Continues For The Employee Free Choice Act EFCA and The Truth! (tags)

Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) today repeated his intent on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” to block a Senate vote on the Employee Free Choice Act, despite his past support of the bill. The bill hasn’t changed—so why has Specter flipped?

Carpinteria votes on reinstatement of racist mascot (tags)

CARPINTERIA, California (March 16, 2009) – On Tuesday, March 17, the school board of Carpinteria, California will meet to vote whether or not to rescind their own 2008 decision to remove all imagery that stereotypes Native American peoples from Carpinteria High School. The town of Carpinteria is staging the meeting in such a way as to intimidate the Native people choosing to participate.

Obama's New Appointments (tags)

as bad as the others

Warning to the Teachers of Oaxaca, Beware the US Trojan Horse (tags)

Oaxaca teachers are taking the lead in the struggle against injustice, but a Trojan Horse is headed their way.

On Jonathan Kozol's "Manifiesto" (tags)

The struggle for social justice can begin in schools, with a mass movement to take direct action in order to overcome racist high-stakes tests, and imperialist wars.

National Black Peoples Unity Convention to Convene In Gary, Indiana in March (tags)

Thirty-four years after the historic 1972 National Black Political Convention, a new group of activists will convene in Gary, Indiana from March 9 – 12. They will come together as participants, ready to formulate a strategy around not just a political plan, but around the more important agenda of a long term Black economic empowerment strategy.

The Federal Reserve is Privately owned (tags)

The secret to enslaving a nation.

Fed Privately Owned (tags)

Learn about the financial fraud that has enslaved you your whole life!

So-Cal Teachers to Join Rally in LA May 25 Against Gov. (tags)

Thousands of teachers will join a massive group of concerned citizens next week to protest Governor Schwarzenegger’s broken promises to schools, his attacks on the working people of this state as ''special interests,'' and his impending call for a wasteful $80 million special election.

United States government, 2005: If it walks like a goose… (Part I) (tags)

To see how the Bushies stack up against former regimes of a particular bent, read on.

A failing grade: Charter schools and education reform (tags)

Charter schools are a major aspect of the political right.......

100 Facts and 1 Opinion (tags)

From the Purple States to your brain

Join AntiWar 4 the Million Worker March (tags)

The struggle of working people and the struggle against the war are the same!

TV or Not TV? Not! (tags)

TV programming is designed to shepherd viewers into compromising their values. To preserve freedom, Americans should severely limit or entirely eliminate their TV viewing.

Teachers and their union fight for public education (tags)

CHICAGO – Children’s paintings hang on the walls in the lobby of the Chicago Teachers Union office. It’s comforting for parents to see schoolkids’ artwork framed and on display.

Pro-Israel Lobby vs Free Speech (tags)

CFL ALERT: Oppose H.R. 3077

Edwards-Kerry Debate Still Needs Opponent (tags)

Edwards-Kerry Debate Still Needs Opponent

Kerry knows how to waffle on the issues (tags)

A few questions for John Kerry

The Dean Deception (tags)

"Howard is not a liberal. He's a pro-business, Rockefeller Republican."

CHERYL SEAL REPORTS: with Bizarro News Clips (tags)

Ashcroft persecutes liberals; dollar may melt down, Congress lets Bush reignite nuclear arms race, Bizarro news clips, etc.

The Intelligent Student's Guide to the New World Order (tags)

The essence of the New World Order (NWO) or world management system is that it is management by social engineers, rather than government based on a written constitution.  How you are affected by this management system depends on what the social engineers decide the system should do for you and require of you.

Free Staters need to temper philosophy with compassion (tags)

Housing for the elderly and poor would virtually disappear in Portsmouth without federal funds. We will need to temper the enthusiasm of the Free Staters (if they decide on New Hampshire) with the compassion of people who honestly care about one another.

Trading on fear (tags)

Trading on fear From the start, the invasion of Iraq was seen in the US as a marketing project. Selling 'Brand America' abroad was an abject failure; but at home, it worked. Manufacturers of 4x4s, oil prospectors, the nuclear power industry, politicians keen to roll back civil liberties - all seized the moment to capitalise on the war. PR analysts Sheldon Rampton and John Stauber explain how it worked.

A Continuous Procession of Clones for the State (tags)

I would never contemplate teaching kids to think that government should be about "doing something." That is the absolute worst thing you can do as a teacher if you want your students to have a respect for the freedom of the individual, the Constitution, limited government, free markets, and the founding of our once great republic. Inculcating kids with the crazy notion that government is constituted to "do something" every time life gets difficult or just inconvenient, only serves to roll out the red carpet for totalitarian government.

basic stats for US imperialism (tags)

a reference guide for activists.

Union members run for Congress (tags)

Even a brief look at the make-up of the 107th Congress helps explain why workers are catching hell these days. Yes, it is true that there are “friends of labor” who have 100 percent AFL-CIO voting records, but they find themselves out-gunned in a Congress whose 535 members include 150 millionaire lawyers, bankers and other business people.

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