Posted on October 19, 2014 by dcampbell1
by Duane Campbell
Corporate school “reformers” have raised over $4 million from the very rich during the last week to contribute to the campaign to elect anti union leader Marshall Tuck as Superintendent of Public Instruction in California. According the Sacramento Bee The fund includes $1 million each from Los Angeles businessmen Bill Bloomfield and Eli Broad, a major financier of efforts to overhaul public education. The Gap co-founder Doris Fisher and Laurene Powell Jobs, philanthropist and widow of Steve Jobs, have each contributed $500,000.
Incumbent Tom Torlakson is a former teacher and is supported by both major teacher unions. He supports extension of Prop. 30 taxes passed in 2012 which have restored funding to California schools after the devastation of the national economic crisis when over 30,000 teachers were dismissed in the state. Schools in other states without new taxes currently continue to reel from austerity budget cuts. Continue reading
Filed under: Economy, Education Reform, Politics, The enemy | Tagged: California, Eli Broad, John Deasy, Laurene Powell Jobs, Los Angeles, Marshall Tuck, Tom Torlakson, Tuck | 1 Comment »
Posted on October 17, 2014 by dcampbell1
This is an inside story from some registered nurses at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas who have familiarity with what occurred at the hospital following the positive Ebola infection of first the late Thomas Eric Duncan and then a registered nurse who cared for him Nina Pham.
The RNs contacted National Nurses United out of frustration with a lack of training and preparation. They are choosing to remain anonymous out of fear of retaliation.
The RNs who have spoken to us from Texas Health Presbyterian are listening in on this call and this is their report based on their experiences and what other nurses are sharing with them. When we have finished with our statement, we will have time for several questions. The nurses will have the opportunity to respond to your questions via email that they will send to us, that we will read to you.
We are not identifying the nurses for their protection, but they work at Texas Health Presbyterian and have knowledge of what occurred at the hospital.
They feel a duty to speak out about the concerns that they say are shared by many in the hospital who are concerned about the protocols that were followed and what they view were confusion and frequently changing policies and protocols that are of concern to them, and to our organization as well. Continue reading
Filed under: Health Care, Organizing, Resources, Solidarity | Tagged: Dallas, Duncan, Ebola, Ebola virus disease, Emergency Department, Infectious Disease, National Nurses United, Texas | Leave a comment »
Posted on October 17, 2014 by dcampbell1
DSA Honorary Chair Cornel West was arrested with protestors in Ferguson, Missouri on Monday, Oct 13. Read the report on the weekend campaign here
Filed under: Organizing, Politics, Solidarity | Tagged: activism, Civil disobedience, Cornel West, Ferguson, Ferguson Missouri, Missouri, Police officer, Protest | Leave a comment »
Posted on October 14, 2014 by dcampbell1
By Leo Casey on October 9, 2014 8:45 AM
Leo Casey of the Albert Shanker Institute replies to Deborah Meier again today.
Deb: To practice genuine democracy in our schools, our unions, and our communities, we need a different understanding of what it means to be political.
When I taught at Bard High School Early College in New York City, one of my favorite questions on my mid-year exam was: What did Aristotle mean when he wrote that “man is a political animal?”
For most Americans, the term “political animal” would invoke the worst of American political culture: the paranoid ranting of talk radio, the political television shows modeled after wrestling entertainment, the election campaigns dominated by negative attack ads, and the gridlock of a Congress where narrow partisan advantage is everything. No wonder so many Americans run in the opposite direction when they hear “political.” Continue reading
Filed under: Education Reform, Politics, Solidarity | Tagged: Albert Shanker Institute, Ancient Greece, Aristotle, Bard High School Early College, Deborah Meier, Greek, New York City, United States | 1 Comment »
Posted on October 13, 2014 by paulgarver
by Paul Garver
Volunteer construction workers rebuilt barricades that had been dismantled by police in Hong Kong.
The workers used a method that uses bamboo stalks similar to those used to erect sturdy scaffolding on construction sites around Asia.
Filed under: Global organizing, Labor and Occupy, Politics, Solidarity | Tagged: bamboo, construction workers, Hong Kong | 1 Comment »
Posted on October 12, 2014 by dcampbell1
Amid Soaring Profits, Walmart to Cut Off 30,000 Workers From Health Insurance
Largest private employer in U.S. announces elimination of insurance for part-time workers and across-the-board hikes in premium costs
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer, Common Dreams
Walmart, the largest retailer in the world and the biggest private employer in the United States, announced Tuesday it is eliminating health insurance for 30,000 of its workers and hiking the costs of premiums across the board.
The cutbacks to coverage, which many charge was insufficient to begin with, were met with immediate criticism.
“Our schedules and hours are all over the place, and I often find less than I expected and less than my family needs when I see my paycheck,” said Nancy Reynolds, a member of OUR Walmart and worker at a Merrit Island, Florida Walmart store. “Taking away access to healthcare, even though many of my co-workers couldn’t afford it anyway, is just another example of Walmart manipulating the system to keep workers like me in a state of financial crisis.” Continue reading
Filed under: Health Care, Low wage workers, Organizing, Solidarity | Tagged: Convenient care clinic, Health insurance, Home Depot, Merritt Island Florida, United States, Wall Street Journal, Walmart | 1 Comment »
Posted on October 11, 2014 by dcampbell1