An Open Letter To Mainstream Media

Open letter to NY Times, ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, News Hour, NPR Subject:  Your Relevance  to the American People ___________________________________________________________ Historically the media has attempted to tell the American people what was going on in their country and around the world.  There was always some shading of the news, but, by and large, the news […]

UN Investigates Drone Strikes

The Guardian reports that the UN is launching an investigation into US drone strikes in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen and Somalia. This comes at the request of Pakistan and two permanent members of the Security Council. British lawyer Ben Emmerson, the UN special rapporteur leading the investigation, will also review drone strikes Israel has carried out […]

FBI Refuses to Disclose Surveillance Policy

In August the American Civil Liberties filed a Freedom of Information lawsuit with the FBI seeking details of its of its surveillance policy — who it spies upon, how, and under what circumstances. The FBI sent back two 50+ page memos in reply, each totally blacked out except for some information on the title page. […]

Not quite feudalism, student debt is a peculiarly capitalist form of social control

http://jacobinmag.com/2012/12/the-soul-of-student-debt/ by Chris Maisano Janet Lynn Parker is a middle-aged elementary school art teacher from Arkansas. She graduated in 1991 from Arkansas State University with a degree in art education and $25,000 in student loan debt. Unable to find a job in her field of study, she bounced around from job to job until 1999, […]

AFT, NEA And The Privatization Drive Against Public Education By Jack Gerson

Jack Gerson, a long time leader and writer now retired from  the Oakland Education Association OEA talks about the role of the AFT and NEA and the failure of the national education unions and the local unions to fight the destruction of public education through charters and privatization. He discusses in this context the failure […]

CCSF: Let's get ready to rumble

Today at 4:30 there will be a meeting to bring together the students, teachers, community, and those members of the SEIU who may be responding to Nancy of Radical Women’s invitation yesterday: CCSF Students, Teachers, Classifieds, and SF Community meeting at 4:30 Student Union. All invited including journalists As someone who voted for Prop. A […]

Parents, Beware Gates $$$$ Connections! Teachers, You’d Better Watch Out Too

 Three Little Questions: To Parents: This is the massive data collection system funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation that will put your children’s data up for auction. Why hasn’t your PTA told you about any of this? To Teachers: This is the massive data system funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation […]

Armstrong and Woods: Capitalism's Poster Boys

Between parts I and II of Oprah Winfrey’s interview with Lance Armstrong, an ad ran on OWN that included a clip of Armstrong acknowledging losing 75 million dollars in one day due to sponsors abandoning him followed by Armstrong noting his lowest moment. The sequence suggests that Armstrong was saying his loss of millions was […]