Spooks in the Classroom

It typically takes 22 weeks of training to become an FBI agent. Fourth-graders at Green Elementary will become “junior special agents” in just eight weeks. Once a week, a representative from the Macomb County FBI will visit with students to talk about various aspects of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, including evidence collection, gun safety and bombs. Students will also learn about drugs, gangs and computer safety

Hitting bottom at the top – White House forgets to lead on Haiti

People are dying in Haiti because they can’t get out, Dr. Green said. Shala Dewan, New York Times, January 29 Many of us wanted to think that the dreadful behavior during the Bush administration was some sort of aberration. We had a relatively clean election and ended up with a more intelligent and compassionate president […]

Berkeley School Board to vote on the proposed REALM charter school: Will faith-based charter schools coupled with oligarch and philanthro-capitalist largess improve public education?

The issue I am about to attempt to analyze is pressing and I call for all of you who wish to protect public education to please contact Yvette Felarca, yfelarca@gmail.com, National coordinator of the By Any Means Necessary coalition at www.bamn.com, (510) 502-9072 to oppose the privatization of Berkeley public schools and to resist the first step towards implementing this plan for privatization by the REALM charter school, scheduled to be approved on February 3, 2010 at the Berkeley Unified School District Meeting.

The REALM charter school, of which I write and that which is the subject of the Berkeley Unified School District’s upcoming decision, will be either approved or disapproved at the February 3, 2010 Berkeley School Board meeting. This is an important opportunity for you, the citizens of Berkeley and beyond, to register your protestations over what, if approved, will steer the course towards the privatization of Berkeley public schools. You can contact school board members and the Mayor of Berkeley by e-mail or phone:
Karen Hemphill, President (2010)
karenhemphill@comcast.net
Beatriz Leyva-Cutler, Vice President (2012)
Beatriz_Leyva-Cutler@berkeley.k12.ca.us
Nancy Riddle, Director (2010)
nancy_riddle@berkeley.k12.ca.us
John T. Selawsky, Director (2012)
john_selawsky@berkeley.k12.ca.us
Shirley Issel, Director (2010)
shirley_issel@berkeley.k12.ca.us
Valeria Gonzalez Student Director (2009–10)

Contact Information for the BUSD Board of Directors:
Individual email addresses above or
boardofed@berkeley.k12.ca.us will send your message to all of the Board.
Voicemail: 510-644-6550

The Supreme Court: Usurping of Separation of Power

Associate Justice Alito http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/01/27/alito-not-true_n_439672.html More than 225 years ago the Virginian Patrick Henry famously stated that, “”[p]ower is the great evil with which we are contending. We have divided power between three branches of government and erected checks and balances to prevent abuse of power. However, where is the check on the power of the […]

Wages, Prices and Profits

(Note: This title is borrowed from Karl Marx, who wrote a brilliant piece of this same title. Likewise for much of the content. I don’t think old Karl would mind. As the postal worker told the poet in the film “Il Postino”: “Poems don’t belong to those who write them; they belong to those who […]

A “Smart Power” Coup in Honduras

By SAUL LANDAU and NELSON P. VALDÉS “If the American nation will speak softly, and yet build and keep at a pitch of the highest training a thoroughly efficient navy, the Monroe Doctrine  will go far.” -President Theodore Roosevelt, 1903 “I am going to teach the South American republics to elect good men.” -Woodrow Wilson, […]

An Open Challenge To YOU

Police arresting students at the University of Maryland during the Viet Nam era We demonstrated.  We marched.  We were filmed by the FBI.  Our phones were tapped.  We didn’t care.  We were passionate.  Today all you kids do is blog and tweet.  We got arrested.  Hell, some of us were even shot and killed (Kent […]

HAITI CENSORED FROM 1994 TO 2008

HAITI CENSORED FROM 1994 TO 2008 HAITI CENSORED IN 1994: Story # 10 Haiti: Drugs, Thugs, The CIA and the Deterrence of Democracy; Sources: The New York Times, 11/1/93; Pacific News Service, 10/20/93 & 11/2/93. HAITI CENSORED IN 1994: Story # 14 Haiti: Under the FTAAA, multinational corporations could leverage exploited workers in Mexico against […]