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This week in labour: Conservative myth-busting and plenty of picket lines 27.3.2015 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Labour disputes are coming to a close but conservative policymakers keep us fighting. Like this article? Chip in to keep stories like these coming.   There is a theme to this week's labour round-up -- or maybe there are two themes. One has to do with the connected struggle between workers and students, and student-workers. From daycare to post-secondary, budgets are being squeezed, as are educators and students. A second, and related, theme is bad policy from public-sector spending to immigration to C-51. Sorry, was is that too bleak? Happy weekend ...
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Latinos Can Honor the 43 Missing Mexican Students by Calling for 'No More Drug War' 27.3.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
As I walked to the Mexican Consulate on a blustery winter day in New York City last week to join a protest calling for justice for the 43 missing university students of Ayotzinapa, Mexico , I began to think of warmer days that did not require layers and gloves. For some reason, I thought of my Pop's hands. He has these rough, calloused hands with scars near the tips of his fingers from the years he spent as a farm worker. As a kid growing up in the suburbs of L.A., far removed from the back breaking labor of the fields of central California, I would stare at them and naively ask when I would get hands like his. As I approached the Consulate, I shook hands with Felipe de la Cruz Sandoval , a professor at the Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers College in Guerrero, Mexico from which the 43 students were forcibly disappeared last September, and was instantly reminded of my own father. As dozens of others joined Felipe to demand justice for the missing students, for their families, and for his son who miraculously ...
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Swarthmore Students Launch First Indefinite Occupation for Fossil Fuel Divestment 27.3.2015 Truthout.com
In 1630, aboard a creaky wooden ship bound for the coast of what would later be known as New England, English settler and future Massachusetts Gov. John Winthrop gave an address to the vessel's weary passengers: "We must consider ourselves as a city upon a hill, the eyes of all people are upon us, so that if we shall deal falsely with our God in this work we have undertaken and so cause him to withdraw his present support from us, we shall be made a story and a byword through the world." Like most elite institutions, Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania fashions itself as a sort of secular city upon a hill, just as Winthrop had imagined the Puritans' early tenure in the Americas — an example for the world of how best to merge moral and intellectual prescience. In Swarthmore's case, its self-image is geographically serendipitous: Parrish Hall, Swarthmore's picturesque administrative hub, sits atop a literal hill, just 20 minutes by train from nearby Philadelphia. Formed in 1864 by Hicksite Quakers seeking ...
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Headlines for March 27, 2015 27.3.2015 Democracy Now!
Yemen: 39 Civilians Killed in Saudi-Led Bombings, U.S. Airstrikes Cause Shiite Militias to Leave Tikrit Fight, Report: Co-Pilot Who Crashed Plane Had History of Depression, House Passes Medicare Bill in Rare Bipartisan Move, Report: U.S. Soldiers, Contractors Sexually Abused 54 Children in Colombia, Mexico: Parents Mark 6 Months Since Disappearance of 43 Students, Indiana Enacts "Religious Freedom" Bill Seen as Anti-LGBT, Indiana Allows Needle Exchange in Response to HIV Outbreak, Kentucky Overhauls Approach to Heroin Addiction, Ohio Lawmaker Discloses Her Abortion, Denounces "Inhuman" Anti-Choice Bill, Video: Monsanto Lobbyist Claims Glyphosate Safe to Drink, Refuses to Drink It, Illinois: National Guardsman, Cousin Arrested on Terror Charges, Wisconsin: Man Suspected of Killing State Trooper Tied to White Supremacy, Michigan: Video Shows "Robocop" Beating Unarmed Auto Worker in the Head, Ferguson Protesters Win Curbs on Police Tear Gas Use
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Game-Changers Tour stops at Ryerson University to rally young voters 27.3.2015 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
The Council of Canadians Game-Changers campaign was at Ryerson University in Toronto earlier this week. Council of Canadians Youth Vote campaigner Brigette DePape tells us, "We had a mix of young workers, students, and community members. There were people from student groups like Sustainable Ryerson and the Ryerson Students' Union. A huge thank you to our Toronto-based organizers Ailish Morgan, who did a fantastic job emceeing and leading the group facilitators, and Mark Calzavara for organizing, taking photos and for making the world's biggest Go Vote ...
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Adelson-Backed Online Gambling Bill Splits GOP At Hearing 27.3.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- After months of delays, a controversial bill to ban online gambling received a hearing from a House Judiciary subcommittee on Wednesday, pushing it closer to a vote that may divide the GOP and test Republicans' loyalties to one of the party's biggest donors. The Restore America's Wire Act , or RAWA, would impose a federal ban on all Internet gambling, including online state lotteries and poker. Since it was introduced last year, RAWA has been championed almost singlehandedly outside Congress by casino magnate and GOP mega-donor Sheldon Adelson, whose army of lobbyists have made clear that the bill is a top priority. Adelson, chairman and CEO of Las Vegas Sands Corp., spent about $150 million in 2012 to fund Republican candidates and conservative groups. Even with Adelson's outsized influence, Wednesday's hearing cast fresh doubts on RAWA's chance of success, as lawmakers from both parties expressed concerns that the bill may force Internet gaming offshore, where shady websites operate with ...
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UNC Students: Why Are We Still Honoring A KKK Leader In 2015? 27.3.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are renewing a push for the school to change the name of a building named after a 19th-century Ku Klux Klan leader. Saunders Hall is named after William Saunders , a Confederate colonel who later became a chief organizer for the KKK in North Carolina. UNC named the building, which primarily houses the history department, in 1922 to honor Saunders' work compiling Colonial records. Students have been pushing the school to rename the building for years . This year, student activists are asking the university to rename it for Zora Neale Hurston -- who, prior to integration, was the school's first black student -- and to require that each student take a campus tour explaining the racial history of the university. They're also asking for the school to put up a plaque providing historical context to the "Silent Sam" Confederate soldier monument on campus: At the statue's 1913 unveiling , a tobacco manufacturer bragged about whipping a "Negro wench" for ...
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Which diet has the smallest carbon footprint? 26.3.2015 Environmental News Network
The health benefits of the Mediterranean diet are well-known. As well as being healthier, a recent article concludes that the menu traditionally eaten in Spain leaves less of a carbon footprint than that of the US or the United Kingdom. The consequences of climate change range from species extinction to sea-level increases and the spread of diseases. For this reason, researchers have been struggling for years to alleviate its effects, even limiting the pollution caused by food consumption.
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Fish face pollution a mile deep 26.3.2015 Environmental News Network
Deep-water marine fish living on the continental slopes at depths from 2,000 feet to one mile have liver pathologies, tumors and other health problems that may be linked to human-caused  pollution, one of the first studies of its type has found. The research, conducted in the Bay of Biscay west of France, also discovered the first case of a deep water fish species with an “intersex” condition, a blend of male and female sex organs. The sampling was done in an area with no apparent point-source pollution, and appears to reflect general ocean conditions.
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Thousands Rally To Support Ole Miss Chancellor (PHOTOS) 26.3.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- The University of Mississippi finds itself in turmoil after trustees ousted well-liked Chancellor Dan Jones, with more than 2,000 students and faculty rallying to his defense Wednesday on the Oxford campus. Jones helped drive record enrollment and fund-raising, increasing the school's national profile even as state funding was pinched. But the board that oversees the school became uneasy about the way he manages the university hospital's finances and worried he may not be respecting their authority. "We're not backing down," said Alex Borst, a sophomore and one of the protest organizers. "We're going to continue organizing, emailing, calling, anything we can do." The demonstration spilled over online with social media messages `IStandWithDan.' It's the latest standoff campus standoff between a university president and its board and has been likened to what happened at the University of Virginia a couple of years ago. In that instance, the president was re-instated after a student ...
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'New Dissector, Democracy Projector': A Poet’s Tribute to Danny Schechter 26.3.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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RCMP stop another suspected terrorist... without C-51 26.3.2015 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
The Charlottetown Guardian reports the RCMP has arrested Prince Edward Island man they suspect might carry out a terrorist offence. It's somewhat awkward for the government: it could be a good news story (depending on what the case looks like), but it could also undermine the Conservative's position that Canada's security and spy agencies need more power to keep this country safe from terrorism. Several witnesses have suggested Bill C-51, which is being rushed through the public safety and national security committee this week, could actually interfere with RCMP and local police efforts to disrupt potential terrorist ...
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The Fight of Their Lives: Can Adjuncts Finally Win a Living Wage? 26.3.2015 Truthout.com
The next big fight for decent labor protections is heating up in academia. Seattle may have become one of the first cities to pass a $15 minimum wage last year, but the city's adjunct instructors say that the dictum for fair pay has yet to penetrate the Ivory Tower. The median pay for adjuncts, who as professional workers are exempt from most minimum wage and overtime protections, is  $2,700 per course nationwide , or just over $16,000 annually for a full teaching load. At Seattle University (SU), the city's premier Jesuit college, they are paid as little as $2,200 per course, according to crowdsourced data from the  Adjunct Project . When all the hours spent grading, meeting with students and preparing for class are factored in, the school's instructors say that this likely amounts to less than minimum wage—a claim echoed by adjuncts instructors nationwide. As a result, the "Fight for 15" is now headed to college, as adjunct instructors at SU and a host of other schools press for union representation, a ...
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Headlines for March 26, 2015 26.3.2015 Democracy Now!
Houthis Warn of "Wide War" as Saudi-Led Coalition Bombs Yemen, U.S. Begins Strikes on Tikrit, Aiding Iran-Backed Offensive, Obama Admin Confident on Iran Nuclear Deal Before Deadline, Ex-POW Bowe Bergdahl Charged with Desertion, House Votes to Arm Ukraine; U.S. Delivers Armored Vehicles, U.S. Army Apologizes for Neglecting Chemical Exposure of Iraq War Veterans, WikiLeaks Reveals TPP Proposal Allowing Corporations to Sue Nations, Prosecutor: Co-Pilot Deliberately Crashed Plane in French Alps, Thousands Mark Culmination of Historic Selma to Montgomery Marches
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Ohio Legislature Advances Controversial Bill That Could Deter Students From Voting 26.3.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Ohio's Republican-controlled Senate passed a transportation budget Wednesday containing a controversial provision that critics say could dissuade college students from voting. The amendment to the budget, which was added at the last minute by a Senate committee, would require out-of-state students who register to vote from their campus address to register their cars in Ohio within 30 days and obtain state driver's licenses. Completing both of those steps would cost over $75. If the more than 116,000 out-of-state students who attend Ohio’s public and private colleges and universities fail to do so, their out-of-state licenses would become invalid and they could face misdemeanor charges. Current law has allowed new Ohioans to claim residency and vote while keeping their out-of-state licenses and registrations because the state hasn't specified a deadline for obtaining documentation. Republicans supporting the measure said that Ohio is among only a handful of states that don't have a deadline for new ...
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Fleece Force: How Police And Courts Around Ferguson Bully Residents And Collect Millions 26.3.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
PASADENA HILLS, Mo. -- “Lacee Scott?” the judge called. The 23-year-old rose from a hard black plastic chair, walked past the fireplace and stood before the table at the front of the living room. From the outside, the house is barely distinguishable from others on the street -- brick, three bedrooms, built in 1948. Over the entrance, however, there is a sign identifying it as City Hall. Once a month, the living room, with its lamps, hardwood floors and clock on the mantle, becomes a courtroom. Those with business before the judge first check in with the clerk in the dining room before taking a seat among the rows of chairs set up in the family room. Scott, a senior at Alabama A&M University, had lived in Pasadena Hills during high school. Her father, a former St. Louis County police officer , works for Walgreens. Her mother is the principal of a local elementary school. Last summer, when Scott was home visiting her family, a notice was placed on her car. Parking had never been an issue in her quiet, ...
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On Gloria Steinem's birthday, let's be reminded of one another's humanity 26.3.2015 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us

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New York City Students Of Color Are Denied School Sports, Protestors Say 26.3.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
NEW YORK -- Hassamatou Sanake, who came to the U.S. less than three years ago from Mali, said after-school sports last year gave her a sense of community at International Community High School in the Bronx. “When I play soccer, I play with everyone," said Sanake, now a senior. "We have each other’s back.” But this year, Sanake lost that community. Her school trimmed some after-school sports after failing to secure necessary funding from the New York City Department of Education’s Public Schools Athletic League, she said. Now, instead of playing sports after school, Sanake said she “draws something or [goes] to work.” “We are from the poorest countries in the world, but we still play sports in our schools there,” said Sanake. “How can we say we are in New York City and we don’t have access to sports?” Sanake and other International Community High School students on Wednesday protested the way New York City distributes funding for sports teams by disrupting a city council meeting and rallying outside ...
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New York Dreamers Begin Hunger Strike As State Budget Deadline Looms 26.3.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
NEW YORK -- A group of 10 undocumented youths launched a hunger strike Wednesday, vowing to pressure New York lawmakers to put funding for a proposed state version of the Dream Act back into next year's budget. Immigrant rights advocates and Hispanic politicians in New York have for years pressed for a state Dream Act, which would allow undocumented immigrants to apply for state financial aid for college. But Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) dashed their hopes Tuesday, when he struck the state Dream Act from his budget proposal after failing to cobble together a compromise tying the Dream Act to an education tax credit backed by Republicans. Cuomo called it “pointless” to include the Dream Act in the budget if the proposed compromise wasn’t likely to secure enough support among either Democrats, who largely oppose the tax credit, or Republicans, who largely oppose the Dream Act. But dozens of immigrant rights activists made clear they hold Cuomo responsible for the failure at a rally in downtown Manhattan to ...
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Journalism under fire: Remembering Ali Mustafa 25.3.2015 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Canadian freelance journalist and humanitarian Ali Mustafa died in Aleppo one year ago this month. He and seven others were killed by a Syrian government bomb as they searched for survivors among the rubble from a blast that had struck the same spot just minutes before. I first met Ali through  union  and student solidarity at York University (YU) in 2008 and '09. I saw the spark of his journalistic vision take form in the bold cooperative newspaper he created there with friends and allies: the  YU Free Press . He was a colleague, a comrade, and the softest soul of a man you could ...
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