Monthly Archives: June 2016

WikiLeaks | The US strategy to create a new global legal and economic system: TPP, TTIP, TISA (Video)

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An older video full of good information about the TPP and related trade agreements why we should not support them.


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Shocker: One of Every 10 Students at Cal State Is Homeless

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A shocking new study concludes that one in 10 students at Cal State University is homeless, and one in 5 lacks steady access to food.

About one in 10 of California State University’s 460,000 students is homeless, and one in five doesn’t have steady access to enough food, according to the initial findings of a study launched to better understand and address an issue that remains largely undocumented at the nation’s public universities.

“This is a gasp, when you think about it,” Cal State Chancellor Timothy P. White said Monday at a conference in Long Beach, where more than 150 administrators, researchers, students and advocacy groups gathered to exchange ideas, case studies and their personal experiences with the issue.

White, who commissioned the study, emphasized the need for Cal State, the largest public university system in the nation, to tackle the issue systematically across its 23 campuses.

“We’re going to…

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Noon — John Singer Sargent

Chris Hedges | Kshama Sawant: How to counter establishment politics (On Contact video)

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Chris Hedges explores how to counter establishment politics with Kshama Sawant, the only socialist on the Seattle City Council. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil reports on the obstacles third party candidates face in trying to enter the race for the White House in this week’s episode of On Contact.

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Jaime Franchi: Where Does New York’s Parent-Led Opt Out Movement Go from Here?

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One of the hotbeds of opt out in New York was centered on Long Island, which consists of Nassau County and Suffolk County. Fully half of the students eligible for state tests did not take the tests. Reporter Jaime Franchi surveys the movement and asks, “what’s next?”

A year ago, parents were battling a combative Governor Cuomo, facing a hostile State Education Department, and rallying against Common Core. But what a difference a year makes. Now the Chancellor of the New York State Board of Regents, Betty Rosa, is an experienced educator who is sympathetic to the parents who opt out.

And the movement has larger goals:

The struggle came to a head during this spring’s testing season, culminating in a giant win for Long Island Opt-Out, a parent-led group that organized an historic number of test-refusals this year with almost 100,000 students—more than half of the student population in…

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Minneapolis Project Explained — Anne Winkler-Morey

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Minneapolis Interview Project Motivation: My motivations are complex. These factors are all part of the reason I am doing this: I lived in thirteen different places in four states by the time I was twelve. As a child the story of my Dad’s family’s escape from Nazi Germany came with a lesson: nationalism is…

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California in the Grip of Charter Fever: This is NOT Democracy in Action

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Rocketship Charters, which puts kids on computers and cuts costs by hiring Teach for America kids, applied to open a charter school in the Mount Diablo School District in California. The local school board voted no, unanimously. The Rocketship corporation appealed to the Costra County School Board, which also rejected their petition. The corporation then took their appeal to the State Board of Education, which overturned the local board and the county board and granted permission to the charter to open in the Mount Diablo district.

Of course, this means that the public schools in the district will have fewer resources, and will have to lay off teachers and cut programs so that the charter can thrive. The district, which serves most children, will suffer to feed the charter.

Another illustration of California’s willingness to sacrifice public schools and local control for the sake of the charter industry. Once again…

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