Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Ayotzinapa - The Mexican Federal Police were involved

A report by two researchers, one from Mexico and one from U.C. Berkely has made a major connection. They demonstrate that the Mexican Federal Police were significantly involved in the murder and disappearance of the students in Ayotzinapa and Iguala as protestors have long claimed.  This report reveals that the Mexican government has lied from the beginning.

At present the report has not received attention in the U.S., except on Huffington Report.  It has been published by Proceso in Mexico, a legitimate news magazine.

Mexico's federal police collaborated with local forces in the September attack on 43 students whose disappearance and presumed killings have led to mass protests in the country, according to an investigative report published Sunday in the Mexican magazine Proceso.
Federal authorities also likely tortured key witnesses who offered critical testimony for an investigation by the Mexican attorney general's office into the disappearances, the lead reporter for the Proceso story told The Huffington Post.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Join the Day of Resistance. 12/13/2014

SACRAMENTO PROGRESSIVE ALLIANCE: Join the Day of Resistance. 12/13/2014: The movement for justice launched almost exclusively by black youth in Ferguson this summer has turned into a wave of indignation sweepin...

The existing educational system will not solve our social problems

Things to No Longer Believe In, and Things to Do in 2015
by Jimmy Franco Sr.

We all have a general tendency to believe in myths that have been consistently repeated to us all of our lives as this type of conditioning process has instilled within our minds a subjective faith in certain feel-good concepts and abstractions that do not really exist. We are not born this way, but we are propagandized and programmed to accept as true what political authorities, schools and other social institutions implant within us even though many of these ingrained myths, concepts and historical occurrences that we are taught are often not real or actually didn’t happen within our society. So, there is a contradiction between what many of us have been conditioned to believe and what actually exists or simply put, illusions versus social reality. With the approach of 2015, we need to reject this conditioning process and discard most abstract concepts, theories and illusory beliefs that are detached from the objective world and which hinder us from confronting important social issues and changing conditions within our society…Here are some beliefs that many of us hold or have once held, that actually don’t exist or do not correspond to the real world. As such, they need to be discarded into the trash bin of 2014.

The existing educational system will solve our social problems:
The traditional message that we have all heard is to tell students to attend school and do well and that this effort will most likely produce a good future. However, this educational road is a lot more complicated and difficult than implied by this simplified message. Numerous young casualties are being left along the academic pathway as many students have tried their best in school and still have fallen by the educational wayside. While we should motivate

Ethnic studies courses develop academic skills & an enhanced sense of cultural pride
students to do well in school, the existing reality of an unequal educational system, poverty, parents working long hours to survive, inferior schools with low expectations and sub-standard teachers, effectively derail the enthusiasm and academic achievement of many low-income Latino students. Adding to this deplorable situation is the rapid increase in college tuition costs and resulting loan debt. These social and economic barriers are widespread in many of our schools and prevent many students with good intentions from not successfully completing their studies. Besides being supported and motivated to do well academically by family and friends, students also need to be encouraged by them to become involved in the growing political movement to reform and change their schools by demanding more funding and resources for their classrooms, a higher level of expectations and accountability from teachers and administrators and lower college tuition costs. The participation by students in this struggle to change and improve our schools is an important aspect of a student’s education and is a way for them to give back to their communities while enhancing their own world outlook and academic work. The ability of all students to actually have an equal opportunity to succeed in school requires that we continue our efforts to fundamentally change and reform our present educational system. Otherwise, a sizable number of these students with good intentions and who are trying their best will continue to fall through the educational cracks of a broken system.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Ethnic Studies to be required in San Francisco

Ethnic Studies Victory! San Francisco Unified, 3rd District in CA Making it a Graduation Requirement

The San Francisco Unified School District has approved Ethnic Studies as a graduation requirement.  SFUSD is the 3rd district in California, following the wake of El Rancho Unified and LAUSD.
Inspired by Ethnic Studies programs such as Raza Studies in Tucson and their struggle, high school and college students were joined by teachers, researchers, and the general community in this historic victory. 
Follow the legal battle for Raza Studies: The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals will be hearing Maya Arce v. John Huppenthal on January 2015 .

"Ethnic Studies is a game changer in starting the process of loving ourselves...The more I learn about myself and my history the more open I am about learning your history and who you are, and thus our collective history..." - Ms. Kim-Shree Maufas

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Tuesday, December 09, 2014

The great uninformed- When policy wonks and editors listen to themselves

 The great uninformed- When policy wonks and editor...: Headlines and articles in recent press reports raise an alarm about low voter turnout while ignoring some of the most obvious causes...

Saturday, December 06, 2014

Black Lives Matter + photos from around the nation

The Unprecedented Scale of the #BlackLivesMatter Protests
The past weeks have seen the largest number of Americans taking to the
streets since the Occupy and Iraq War protests. But what really sets
today's ongoing actions apart is that they are in so many cities—and spread
out across them.