2018-09-12: News Headlines

Juliana Bolden (2018-09-12). Assistant General Counsel Khyla D. Craine to Weigh in on Voter Purges and Voter Protection During Congressional Black Caucus Black Law Student Event. naacp.org WASHINGTON, DC (September 12, 2018) —NAACP Assistant General Counsel Khyla D. Craine will participate in the National Black Law Student Association Voter Protection Forum, during the 48th Annual Congressional Black Caucus Legislative Conference. The program will analyze five (5) key aspects of voter challenges: 1) Voter Education, 2) Voter Registration, 3) Voter Mobilization, 4) Voter […]

Shared by Samantha Borek (2018-09-12). Hotel Strikers' Call for Justice Rings Out in Chicago. truthout.org Chicago hotel workers are on strike at more than 25 hotels, and the 6,000-strong members of UNITE HERE Local 1 show no signs of backing down. | Since September 7, Chicago's downtown has been filled with picket lines seemingly every other block. The raucous chanting reverberating down the skyscraper canyons and the "On Strike" signs appealing for solidarity were strong reminders of the 2012 Chicago teachers strike, with its massive demonstrations that turned downtown streets into rivers of red. | The strike comes at a particularly crucial moment for Chicago hotels…

Jennifer Horney, The Conversation (2018-09-12). A Professor of Biostatistics Explains Why People Ignore Evacuation Orders. alternet.org Here's why some residents refuse to leave their homes. | Editor's note: This article orginally appeared at the Conversation on Oct. 16, 2016: " Thousands of people didn't evacuate before Hurricane Matthew. Why not? "As Hurricane Matthew approached the Atlantic coast earlier this month, more than 2. 5 million people were Catherine Shakdam (2018-09-11). Is Our World Cultural Heritage Worth Saving? Activists Call Out Saudi Arabia on the Disappearing of History. globalresearch.ca "A concerted effort to preserve our heritage is a vital link to our cultural, educational, aesthetic, …

Mark Gruenberg (2018-09-11). A teacher, a shooting survivor, and Black Caucus chair: Reject Kavanaugh! peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Saying federal judge Brett Kavanaugh cares more about gun rights than about kids' safety, more about the right wing than civil rights, and cares little about workers' rights, a union teacher, a survivor of the Valentine's Day high school massacre in Florida and the chair of the Co…

Jake Jacobs (2018-09-11). New York's Democratic Primary is a Showdown for Charter School Politics. progressive.org The upcoming New York primary could redefine the Democratic party in the state—and could mean drastic change for the charter school industry.

wsws (2018-09-11). Teachers must link up their fight with educators nationally and internationally! wsws.org Educators across the US have returned to the classrooms under conditions of unrelenting assault on public education.

wsws (2018-09-10). Seattle Education Association pushes through sellout deal. wsws.org The Seattle Education Association, with the backing of its supposedly dissident faction, Social Equity Educators, forced through the agreement, undermining the momentum for a statewide strike.

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2018-09-08). Prisoners Strike Across America & Canada to End Penal Enslavement. therealnews.com Prisoners Across US & Canada go on hunger and work strike to protest no wages/low wages, end of solitary confinement, for education programs & an end to mass incarceration

Suzanne Bohan (2018-09-08). Let's Heal Kids, Not Harden Schools. progressive.org Betsy DeVos has proposed to make federal funding available for schools to purchase weapons. But the proliferation of guns will not curb violence in schools.

aclu (2018-09-07). Can the Wall Between Church and State Survive Brett Kavanaugh? aclu.org The Supreme Court nominee's testimony this week signals an intent to weaken the separation of church and state. | Public schools are educational institutions, not temples of religious indoctrination. For over half a century, the Supreme Court has thus recognized that the Constitution prohibits public schools from imposing prayer on children and that religious education is the province of parents and religious communities, not government bureaucrats. | On Wednesday, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, however, strongly suggested that he disagrees and that, if confirmed, he will vote to weaken the separation of…

splcenter (2018-09-07). SPLC: Florida Supreme Court's decision to remove misleading ballot measure on education is a 'victory for schoolchildren'. splcenter.org The Florida Supreme Court today affirmed a lower court's ruling to strike a proposed state constitutional amendment that would have eliminated local school boards' exclusive duty to regulate some new public schools — including charter schools — from the ballot.

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2018-09-06). Los Angeles Teachers Prepare to Strike: An Organizing Drive Long in the Making. therealnews.com LA teachers voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike, should contract negotiations fail. Each side accusing the other of illegal tactics. However, teachers say this is not mainly about wages, but about improving children's education. Jane McAlevey explains

Jeff Bryant (2018-09-06). In Louisville, a Web of Private Interests Conspire to Expand Charter Schools. progressive.org Members of the Kentucky Board of Education have allied with corporate interests to privatize education, including involvement in potential real estate deals.

RT (2018-09-06). US billionaire Richard DeVos, Amway co-founder and Orlando Magic owner, dies at 92. rt.com American billionaire Richard DeVos, the co-founder of Amway, owner of the Orlando Magic basketball team and father-in-law of US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has died at the age of 92.

Consortiumnews (2018-09-05). Plutocracy Now! consortiumnews.com The United States today qualifies as a plutocracy — on a number of grounds, and it is having a profound impact on the media, education and think tanks—indeed on the whole of society, says Michael Brenner. By Michael Brenner Plutocracy… Read more →

Don Weimer (2018-08-31). What Educators Can Do to Make College More Affordable. progressive.org It's not just tuition—the cost of textbooks and other curricular materials is unnecessarily high.

Jesse Hagopian (2018-08-31). Seattle Teachers Poised to Strike Draw Solidarity from Their Brothers and Sisters In Puerto Rico. progressive.org To prepare for what we are likely to face in our struggle for a just contract, Seattle educators recently organized a panel that included a representative from the Puerto Rico Federation of Teachers.

Paul Dobson (2018-08-30). Venezuela Denounces Regional Anti-Migrant 'Xenophobia' as Brazil Militarises Border. venezuelanalysis.com The Maduro administration contrasted the recent attacks against Venezuelan migrants to its own open door policy which has seen foreigners benefit from free health, housing, education, and food programs.

John Thompson (2018-08-30). Oklahoma Teachers Must Stay Unified to Overcome Janus and Union-Bashers. progressive.org Oklahoma teachers face the litmus test of whether to reinvigorate—or reinvent—their union.

Democracy Now! (2018-08-30). Headlines for August 30, 2018. democracynow.org "We Did a Fantastic Job": Trump Praises His Handling of Puerto Rico Despite 3,000 Deaths, Report: Trump Administration Jailing Passport Applicants with U.S. Birth Certificates, Betsy DeVos Prepares to Rewrite Campus Sexual Misconduct Policies, Baylor University Accused of Infiltrating Sexual Assault Support Groups, Texas Police Officer Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Fatally Shooting Black Teenager, California Lawmakers Push for State to Go Carbon-Free by 2045, Trump on Twitter Announced Donald McGahn Leaving White House Counsel Post, Florida GOP Candidate for Governor Said Black Opponent Andrew Gillum Will "

Rann Miller (2018-08-17). In DeVos's Home State, Students Push for their Right to Literacy. progressive.org Literacy has been, and continues to be, a critical component of African-American liberation.

Sarah Jaffe (2018-08-15). Continuing the Teachers' Fight in West Virginia. progressive.org The West Virginia teachers won a raise, but the biggest fight, says Rebecca Diamond, teacher and member of the American Federation of Teachers-West Virginia, is still ongoing.

Peter Greene (2018-08-14). What the 'Sensible Middle' Doesn't Get About Education. progressive.org There is no middle between facts and the story that the earth is flat.

pacbi (2018-08-10). Oppression Education: Israeli Academic Institutions Throw Their Lot With the Israeli Security Elite. bdsmovement.net Oppression Education: Israeli Academic Institutions Throw Their Lot With the Israeli Security Elite: AnalysisThree recent events in Israel's largest universities demonstrate academic and security institutions are actually increa…

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