Posted on October 28, 2014 by dcampbell1
City College of San Francisco Seal, Black version (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
from California Federation of Teachers.
Day One of “The People vs. ACCJC”
October 27, 2014, San Francisco—After kicking off the day with a spirited early morning demonstration outside the San Francisco Superior Court building, about a hundred City College of San Francisco faculty, students and community supporters moved en masse into the courthouse to attend the opening day of the trial to keep the college open.
They heard Deputy City Attorney Yvonne Mere deliver the opening argument. She began simply, with “This case is about fairness.” For the next half hour she told Judge Curtis Karnow that the People’s case would prove three things: that the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges violated federal regulations and their own policies when it failed to control for conflicts of interest; it failed to create site review teams that were adequately balanced with academics and administrators; and it failed to give due process to City College.
She also noted that the ACCJC acted in violation of California law when it failed to follow the law and its own procedures; that it deprived CCSF of the opportunity to participate in a process of peer review; and that it acted unfairly when it chose to evaluate CCSF while embroiled with the college in a very public debate over the future of the mission of community colleges in California. Continue reading
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Posted on October 25, 2014 by dcampbell1
by Duane Campbell
If you believe in public education, if you think preparing students to live and work in a democracy is an important role for state government- then this election is important. The election will set the direction of school improvement for the next four years.
California voters have a choice. It is not a perfect choice, but the options are stark. We can continue with the current improvements in k-12 education (Torlakson), or we can move the state down the road of test driven, corporate neoliberal model of schooling (Tuck). Wisconsin, Indiana, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Kansas, Louisiana, Texas, are following this route- and their schools are failing.
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.
The corporate right wing failed in 2012 in their attempt to take away union rights in California Proposition 32 while neoliberals were successful in 2010 and 2012 in Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania and elsewhere. These anti labor campaigns have severely weakened unions in the nation as described by Harold Meyerson in the new issue of the American Prospect. http://prospect.org/article/seeds-new-labor-movement . The question in this election is whether California’s teachers will be similarly defeated. Continue reading
Filed under: Education Reform, Politics, Solidarity | Tagged: Alliance for School Choice, California, John D. Arnold, Marshall Tuck, Pennsylvania, Tom Torlakson, Tuck, Vergara | Leave a comment »
Posted on October 23, 2014 by dcampbell1
Honduras Near ‘Failed State’ Status Due to Free Trade Agreement, Says Labor and Latino Leaders
By Michael Oleaga. Latin Post.
Representatives from national Latino and labor organizations described the situation one of the Central American countries as “unbearable,” and natives continue to migrate north into Mexico and the United States.
Communication Workers of America (CWA) President Larry Cohen, American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre and National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) Executive Director Pablo Alvarado were among a group of individuals visiting Honduras Oct. 12-15 to meet with Honduras on how the Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR) benefited the country. Alvarado, Cohen and Gebre agreed Honduras has not seen improvements from the agreement, which was implemented 10 years ago.
The CAFTA-DR agreement has been regarded as the first free trade agreement between the U.S. and the smaller developing economies of Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. According to the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), the agreement would create “new economic opportunities by eliminating tariffs, opening markets, reducing barriers to services, and promoting transparency.” Continue reading
Filed under: Economy, Global organizing, Immigrant Workers, Solidarity | Tagged: Communication Workers of America, Dominican Republic–Central America Free Trade Agreement, El Salvador, Honduras, National Day Laborer Organizing Network, Office of the United States Trade Representative, Pablo Alvarado, United State | Leave a 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 »