Thursday, October 16, 2014

Who do you want deciding on curriculum for California's school children?



Or,  do you prefer the people who fund the Tuck campaign ?

A handful of ultra-wealthy donors who support school privatization and cutting public pension systems are behind a flood of spending supporting former Wall Street Banker Marshall Tuck's campaign for state schools superintendent, campaign disclosure records show.
Far from "Parents and Teachers for Tuck," the $4.7 million collected so far comes instead from sources that support school vouchers, privatization of public pension systems and using disruptive business tactics to overhaul public schools.
Major funders include:
$500,000 from Carrie Walton Penner, whose family made its fortune running anti-union, low-wage paying Wal-Mart. The Walmart 1% website reports that Penner's biography includes serving on the board of the Alliance for School Choice - a school voucher advocacy group.
We have a choice between a teacher with a record of standing with teachers to fund the schools, and a corporate "reform" agent. Your vote will count. 


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Campaign to promote Ethnic Studies

Campaign To Promote Ethnic Studies Summit - October 18, 2014


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PURPOSE: A conference for those committed to promote Ethnic Studies at all levels of the educational system, to discuss the state of Ethnic Studies in California, Arizona and Texas, and present new models that enhance Ethnic Studies in K-12, based on local-control school board policies and partnerships between schools with colleges and universities.
KEYNOTE ADDRESSES: by Dr. Maulana Karenga, Professor & Chair, Africana Studies Dep't, CSULB and Dr. Rudy Acuña, Professor Emeritus, Chicana/o Studies Dept., CSUN.
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Campaign to Promote Ethnic Studies Summit 
Saturday, October 18, 2014 ~ 9am-5pm
CSULB Anatol Conference Center
(University Library)
1250 Bellflower Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90840
(Directions and $5 parking at Lot 7: http://csulb.edu/community/v-gettinghere.html)



Monday, October 13, 2014

Cornel West, others, arrested today in Ferguson

Report from Ferguson
By Femi Agbabiaka



This weekend, I, along with several other students from the University of Missouri-Columbia, traveled to Saint Louis to stand in solidarity with the protestors in Ferguson. What I saw and experienced there was astonishing and enraging. Every night there are strong, young, and radical voices engaging in nonviolent, but militant, civil disobedience. They’ve organized in groups such as Lost Voices, who have slept out on the streets and protested nightly since Mike Brown was murdered. They’re critiquing not just the police state, but also patriarchy and white supremacy in an attempt to take back their community for themselves.

Friday night, we arrived in Saint Louis around 9 p.m. and immediately started marching to the Ferguson police station, following a candlelight vigil. The march was loud, focused, angry, but not violent. We were stopped momentarily by a few police checkpoints, but kept marching through. Once we reached the police station, we were greeted by a group of about 400 other protesters, and together we marched to the police barricade shouting chants such as, “No justice! No peace!” and “Mike Brown means we’ve got to fight back!” I stood together with others, arms locked, as we provided a barrier between the police and the peaceful protest. When we were finished there, we marched back to West Florissant Street, chanting all along the way, as police in helicopters beamed down on us.

Yasunidos' Resistance - today.



















Thursday, October 09, 2014

Justice for the 43 Disappeared Mexican Students

Justice for the 43 Disappeared Mexican Students

To be delivered to Angel Aguirre Rivero, Governor of the State of Guerrero, Miguel Angel Osorio Chong, Mexican Secretary of State, and Enrique Pena Nieto, President of Mexico
In solidarity with the families, friends, and supporters of the disappeared Mexican students, we hereby support their demands:
1. Return the 43 students alive - they were taken alive, we want them back alive!
2. Remove and punish Angel Aguirre, the Governor of Gurrero, and Jose Luis Abarca Velazquez, the municipal president of Iguala, for their responsibility in the murder and disappearance of the students.
3. Stop the repression of the democratic movements of Mexican teachers, students, and other citizens. Free the political prisoners.
There are currently 29 signatures. We need 50 signatures!

Petition Background

We, the undersigned, are writing in support of the demands of Mexican protesters and to express our indignation about the horrible events of Friday, September 26, 2014, when six people, three of them students, were assassinated and 43 other students were disappeared from the Rural Normal School “Raul Isidro Burgos” in the State of Guerrero, Mexico, and when two teachers two teachers from the State Coordinators of Workers of the Education of Guerrero were mortally wounded.