Chicago Teacher's Union under attack by right wing blitz and astro-turf organizations

From a Chicago teacher- The profession that I - and thousands of my colleagues and friends have chosen - is being vilified in Chicago, as well as throughout the nation. Well-funded “astroturf” groups have taken out attack ads vs. teachers in Chicago on the radio, and our union is looking for ways to defend us. […]

Charter Schools Exacerbate ethnic, racial and class divisions while feeding into a politics of public metldown,deracination and alienation

In 2009 I posted this article understanding that charter schools would have the pernicious effect of using identity, religious and ethnic tribalism, race, class and gender to cement the popularity of the publicly subsidized and privately run ‘charters’ in the minds of a deracinated public that fails to think democratically or understand the role of […]

Institutional Racism in America is Alive and Thriving…‏‏

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/your-world-news/2011/05/02/the-existence-of-institutional-racism-in-american-society Please join us  as we deconstruct American Institutional Racism in a way that is methodically ignored by the US corporate media. Institutional Racism is a disease that has long infested the stolen body of America. Institutional Racism is the real culprit that allows police brutality in the black community to go on unchecked. Those […]

Leonard J. Martin for State Superintendent of Public Instruction of California

There is an alternative to the corporate candidates in the race for State Superintendent of Public Instruction in the upcoming California primary elections. Not just a candidate who isn’t entirely beholden to corporate interests, including the lucrative charter-voucher industry, but a candidate with a progressive platform. That candidate is Leonard J. Martin of Santa Clarita. […]

Nativo Lopez: Legalization or No Reelection

Nativo Lopez is the National Director or Hermandad Mexicana Latinoamericana and the National President Mexican American Political Association (MAPA). He prepared the following English and Spanish versions of this speech for the massive May Day march and rally in Los Angeles. Sadly, the conservatism of the liberal immigrant rights groups, coupled with the sectarianism of […]

SPECTER OF ENVIRONMENTAL RACISM

CENSORED IN 1991: THE SPECTER OF ENVIRONMENTAL RACISM No one segment of society should have a monopoly on clean air, clean water, or a clean workplace; nor should any one segment be targeted for society’s wastes. Nevertheless, some individuals, neighborhoods, and communities are forced to bear the brunt of the nation’s pollution problem. People of […]

The Rise of the Modern Day Black Public Intellectual

The Rise of the Modern Day Black Public Intellectual By: Solomon Comissiong The great Pan-African and scholar W.E.B. Dubois spent most of his life actively working to improve the social conditions that plagued African Americans during the 20th century. During his life, America was, as it still is, a cesspool of institutional racism and injustice. […]

Racism, White Supremacy & Hollywood

Racism, White Supremacy & Hollywood “There’s nothing that the Black man could use to earn Burn Hollywood Burn” - Chuck D, Ice Cube, Big Daddy Kane By Solomon (Academy Awards) season has come and gone and so, too, with it another year of Hollywood subsidized racist imagery. Hollywood, like many American mainstream institutions, has the […]

Educating WaPo on LAPU, Open Letter with Resources for Jay Matthews

“Soviet style elections” — Ben Austin in response to parents and communities choosing community school plans over corporate charters. The Washington Post’s Jay Matthews is a education columnist, who with absolutely no sense of irony, maintains a blog entitled “Class Struggle.” I mention the irony since Matthews is a pro-charter-voucher corporatist, who has never seen […]

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