Republicans or Democrats?: No Difference for Educators

For about thirty years now, public education as well as its teachers and students have been the focus of an accountability era driven by recurring calls for and the implementation of so-called higher standards and incessant testing. At two points during this era, educators could blame Ronald Reagan’s administration for feeding the media frenzy around […]

Chicago teachers vote to give union to call a strike

  Chicago has been the focus of corporate school “reform,” but Chicago is now the epicenter of the push back against it. On June 11, 2012, Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) leaders announced that 89.73% of CTU members—98% of those who cast ballots—voted to give the union authority to call a strike if contract negotiations with […]

The Ecstasy of the Baseball Business

By Saul Landau   Seated in the upper upper deck at San Francisco’s AT&T Park, during a Giants-Rockies game, one would not know millions of people around the nation faced foreclosure or had already lost their homes and jobs, or that the country was in the midst of a presidential election campaign. The large man […]

"I Deal Drugs; I'm an Entrepreneur" Pulling Oneself Up Out of Poverty Under Capitalism

by John Reimann The time was back in the early 1990s when “entrepreneurship” was all the rage in the US. I’d just offered a socialist newspaper to a young man who was hanging out at a junior college. His reply: “I ain’t interested in that s__t. I deal drugs. I’m an entrepreneur.” Like so many […]

Asylum Now for Aderonke, Alice and Freda Enough is Enough! Yarl's Wood immigration removal centre

  “We heard scary stories about how the immigration authorities were working hard to deport people. One day we heard that if you refused to go back to your country, they sometimes sent your parents separately – or even took you to social welfare homes. I felt so scared. I imagined my mum being thrown […]

Rahm Emanuel's close ties with a private consulting group leads to smearing Chicago teachers

The corporate fascists will stop at nothing to assure they can break the backs of working teachers in Chicago and elsewhere.  Using astro-turf groups and false propaganda, in February 2012, Resolute Consulting, a group with close ties to Mayor Rahm Emanuel paid protesters to smear Chicago Teachers Union at public meetings. Watch this clip and […]

In Vermont Building a business-like university? "the discovery of $10 million in overpayments to a consulting group"

August 15, 2012 Nancy Welch joined the University of Vermont English department in 1995 and helped to launch the successful drive to unionize faculty in 2001. Here, she analyzes the push to hike tuition and impose other neoliberal “reforms” in the wake of several scandals at UVM. WHEN VERMONT Gov. Peter Shumlin convened an advisory […]

Biometrics gain more inroads into the public school system

As another school year begins, many districts are seeing a push towards the use of biometrics to track students throughout their school day. Despite the fact that these systems can easily be thwarted, school administrations believe that biometric tracking will only be a benefit to the school district and not invasions of privacy. Moss Bluff […]

Occupy: A Social Movement for Equality and Justice

By Brian Wedderburn, Skylar Lewis, Sophy Ouk, Brady Osborne, Richard Basco, Allison Basham, Dane Steffy  Sonoma State University—Investigative Sociology Spring 2012 Peter Phillips Instructor  Abstract An investigative sociology report conducted by Sonoma State University sociology students reveals the intricacy of social activism within the Occupy Santa Rosa community. The findings show three distinct core themes […]