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How the private sector is stepping up on climate change 20.4.2018 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
Author Michael Vandenbergh sees business transcending partisan politics.
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Students as Teachers: Facing the World Adults Are Wrecking 19.4.2018 Truthout - All Articles
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student, Emma Gonzalez, center, stands next to Naomi Wadler, 11, of Alexandria, Virginia, right, near the conclusion of March for Our Lives on Saturday March 24, 2018, in Washington, DC. (Photo: Matt McClain / The Washington Post via Getty Images) With your support, we can publish more stories like this one. Click here to make a donation towards independent media now! During the first week of May 1963, more than 800 African-American students walked out of their classrooms and into the streets of Birmingham, Alabama, to call for an end to segregation. Despite frequent arrests and having dogs and high-pressure firehoses turned on them, they kept marching. Their determination and ceaseless bravery -- later called the Children's Crusade -- was captured in photographs and newspaper articles across the country. Through acts of peaceful and defiant civil disobedience, these students swayed public opinion in support of the civil rights movement. Fast forward to March 24, ...
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Class Dismissed: Class Conflict in Red State America 17.4.2018 Truthout - All Articles
Kentucky public school teachers protest outside the Kentucky House Chamber as they rally for a day of action to pressure legislators to override Gov. Matt Bevin's recent veto of the state's tax and budget bills, April 13, 2018, in Frankfort, Kentucky. The teachers also oppose a controversial pension reform bill the governor signed into law. (Photo by Bill Pugliano / Getty Images) In times of great injustice, independent media is crucial to fighting back against misinformation. Support grassroots journalism: Make a donation to Truthout. Teachers in red-state America are hard at work teaching us all a lesson. The American mythos has always rested on a belief that this country was born out of a kind of immaculate conception, that the New World came into being and has forever after been preserved as a land without the class hierarchies and conflicts that so disfigured Europe. The strikes, rallies, and walkouts of public school teachers in West Virginia, Oklahoma, Kentucky, soon perhaps Arizona, and elsewhere ...
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Where Will the Struggle Lead Kentucky Teachers? 15.4.2018 Truthout - All Articles
Kentucky Public school teachers protest outside the Kentucky House Chamber as they rally for a 'day of action' at the Kentucky State Capitol to try to pressure legislators to override Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin's recent veto of the state's tax and budget bills April 13, 2018, in Frankfort, Kentucky. (Photo: Bill Pugliano / Getty Images) KENTUCKY TEACHERS, education workers and their supporters gathered once again on this weekend for rallies at the state Capitol in Frankfort. The protests represent the continuing urgency of the upsurge that has made Kentucky another site of the teachers' rebellions that swept west from West Virginia through states formerly considered to be conservative "Trump country." At the same time, the demonstrations highlight some of the dynamics and debates that teachers need to consider for the movement to succeed. At the start of April,  an estimated 12,000 teachers and supporters descended on Frankfort , sparked into rebellion specifically by a disastrous attack on public ...
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Will Christian Nationalism Drive Trump's Base to the Polls in November? 15.4.2018 Truthout - All Articles
Donald Trump attends a worship service at the International Church of Las Vegas October 30, 2016, in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images) A new sociological report reveals how, in addition to the sexist, racist, xenophobic and anti-immigrant sentiments, there was a very strong Christian nationalist element that helped put Trump in the White House. Will those who embrace the narrative of Christian nationalism turn out in strength for the 2018 elections, too? Donald Trump attends a worship service at the International Church of Las Vegas October 30, 2016, in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images) With the 2018 midterm elections coming down the pike, many continue to reflect on Trump's victory in 2016, searching for answers about what drove Trump's base to the polls, and wondering whether a similar mobilization is likely to occur this year. The latest attempt to analyze Trump's rise to the presidency comes from three sociologists who have released a  new report ...
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Group Beloved by Betsy Devos and Koch Brothers Launches Counter-Attack Against Teacher Rebellion 13.4.2018 Truthout.com
A right-wing coalition, which has received funding from both the Koch Brothers and the billionaire Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, is launching an aggressive attack on the tens of thousands of teachers and education supporters who have been demanding increased school funding and teacher salaries in recent weeks. As the Guardian reports , the State Policy Network (SPN) is distributing a guide to anti-labor activists across the nation, with the aim of helping them to discredit the protests that teachers have been organizing in Oklahoma, Kentucky, West Virginia, and Arizona. Such demonstrations, SPN argues in the guide, "hurt kids and low-income families" because they keep students out of schools and can force parents to miss work. Even the right-wing editorial board of the Washington Post recognizes that it is Republican governments slashing education funding -- not striking teachers -- that is harming to students in the long run. "What the teachers are protesting also hurts children -- that is, a ...
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University top brass salaries capped in Alberta; David Suzuki to get honorary degree from U of A 12.4.2018 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
David J. Climenhaga The Alberta government has put a much-needed cap on the salaries of top university administrators , providing a nice break in the news columns from the continuing frenzy over the Trans Canada pipeline expansion project. At the same time the salary cap decision hit the news, the University of Alberta announced that high-profile B.C. environmentalist, scientist, author and broadcaster David Suzuki will be granted an honorary degree this June. Readers will be relieved to know there can be no way the two situations are connected. The new salary regulations introduced by Advanced Education Minster Marlin Schmidt for senior university officials are years overdue, but certainly won't please top administrators like University of Alberta President David Turpin, who has already had a very public spat with Schmidt over his pay. Turpin, late of the University of Victoria and other well-known institutions, joined the U of A administration in July 2015. Back in mid-March, the NDP's Schmidt said ...
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Teachers in Puerto Rico Demand an End to School Closures and Privatization 11.4.2018 Truthout - All Articles
Efforts to privatize the public schools in Puerto Rico were already under way when Hurricane Maria provided just the impetus the neoliberal establishment was looking for. But educators there are fighting back -- with the support of their peers on the mainland. Ultimately, it's a fight for the future of the working class, say Liza Fournier and Mercedes Martinez, unionized teachers in Puerto Rico. Teachers participate in a one-day strike against the government's privatization drive in public education, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on March 19, 2018. (Photo: Ricardo Arduengo / AFP / Getty Images) Welcome to Interviews for Resistance. We're now more than a year into the Trump administration, and activists have scored some important victories in those months. Yet there is always more to be done, and for many people, the question of where to focus and how to help remains. In this series, we talk with organizers, agitators and educators not only about how to resist but also about how to build a better world. ...
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Betsy DeVos Tries to Pit Kids Against Striking Teachers: It's Just Another Right-Wing Scam 11.4.2018 Truthout - All Articles
Teachers are holding massive walkouts in Oklahoma and threatening to do so in Kentucky, right on the heels of a similar labor protest movement in West Virginia. Educators are fed up in many red states. Republicans, unsurprisingly, oppose this surge of worker activism and have landed on a familiar strategy and talking point: Pitting striking teachers against their students. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos speaks at the National Parent-Teacher Association's 2018 Legislative Conference March 13, 2018, in Arlington, Virginia. (Photo: Win McNamee / Getty Images) Teachers are  holding massive walkouts in Oklahoma  and threatening to do so in Kentucky, right on the heels of a similar labor protest movement in West Virginia. Educators are fed up in many red states that slashed taxes and budgets following the Great Recession and failed to raise new revenues in response to the economic recovery. Republicans, unsurprisingly, oppose this surge of worker activism and have landed on a familiar strategy and talking ...
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Red State Teachers Continue to Press Their Demands as Walkouts, Protests Capture Public Support 10.4.2018 Truthout.com
Inspired by the teachers' strike in West Virginia, fed-up teachers in right-to-work states like Oklahoma, Kentucky and Arizona are continuing to press their demands for better wages and more school funding. Republican legislators in these states have systematically shortchanged public education and other public services while slashing corporate taxes over the past decade. Oklahoma students rally outside the state capitol in support of the ongoing teachers' walkout for education funding, Thursday, April 5, 2018. (Photo: Candice Bernd) This story wasn't funded by corporate advertising, but by readers like you. Can you help sustain our work with a tax-deductible donation? Fed-up teachers in right-to-work states like Oklahoma, Kentucky and Arizona are continuing to press demands of their majority-Republican legislators who have slashed corporate tax rates over the years, shortchanging public education and other public services. In a special Friday session, the Oklahoma state legislature  passed two bills ...
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Corporal Punishment Lives On: Students Nationwide Are Being Paddled, Restrained 9.4.2018 Truthout - All Articles
(Image: Lauren Walker / Truthout ) A news report last month revealed that three high school students in Arkansas had been paddled for participating in the March 14 national student walkout. It turns out 19 US states explicitly allow the use of corporal punishment on students deemed unruly, but all 50 states allow it to be used if students are considered a danger to themselves or others. (Image: Lauren Walker / Truthout ) Immediately following the massive student walkout to protest gun violence on March 14, I was stunned to read an article about three students who had been paddled -- literally smacked on the backside with a wooden bat -- for participating in the protest. All three were enrolled in a public high school in Greenbrier, Arkansas, and according to the brief news account, they had "chosen" this punishment over in-school suspension so that they would not miss class or lose eligibility to participate in team sports. Nineteen states explicitly allow a teacher, principal or other school staffer to ...
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"Things That Make White People Uncomfortable": Michael Bennett's Essential New Book 8.4.2018 Truthout.com
Last week, my good friend Michael Bennett, former Seattle Seahawk and current Philadelphia Eagle, released his new book,  Things That Make White People Uncomfortable -- the memoir/manifesto that he wrote with my other dear friend Dave Zirin. I am going to assume my position as a teacher here and officially assign you homework: read this book! Take notes. Report back on it to your community. Then take action. It is indispensable for anyone who wants to understand why so many players today are refusing to just shut up and play and are creating the new national pastime of protest and play. But this book is much more than just an expository essay about the new Black athlete. This is one of those rare books you read that will change the way you understand yourself and your place in the world. Only a few books have had that kind of impact on me. Books like The Autobiography of Malcolm X and Angela Davis: An Autobiography. Uncomfortable has me feeling like a kid again, remembering how those amazing ...
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When it comes to Palestine, many Canadian politicians are silent 6.4.2018 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
World In June 2009, I joined a delegation of Code Pink to visit Gaza. The main purpose of our delegation was to build playgrounds for the children of Gaza after Israel's brutal aerial, naval and ground attack named Operation Cast Lead. It was estimated that 1,400 Palestinians were killed by Israeli security forces. Schools, hospitals, universities and a major part of Gaza's infrastructure was destroyed. The ultimate objective of our delegation was an attempt to break the siege imposed since 2007 by the Israel government on the Gaza strip -- a densely populated 365 square kilometres where 1.8 million people live, many of them in precarious conditions. Our delegation was composed of U.S. human rights activists, mostly women, and a few Canadians. We were motivated by our quest for justice and our will to see with our own eyes the conditions Palestinians were living in after the devastation caused by the military operation. Armed with patience but mostly a lot of good luck, our delegation was able to cross ...
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Educated Hope in Dark Times: The Challenge of the Educator-Artist as a Public Intellectual 6.4.2018 Truthout - All Articles
Increasingly, neoliberal regimes across Europe and North America have waged a major assault on critical thinking and the educational spheres in which they take place, but this also applies to creative spaces. Artistic production can change how people view the world, and that pedagogy can be dangerous to the status quo neoliberalism seeks to maintain. (Photo: Hero Images / Getty Images) Truthout doesn't have billionaire underwriters or the endless budget of corporate news studios -- we depend on your support. Click here to donate to independent media! Increasingly, neoliberal regimes across Europe and North America have waged a major assault on critical pedagogy, public pedagogy, and the public spheres in which they take place. For instance, public and higher education are being defunded, turned into accountability factories, and now largely serve as adjuncts of an instrumental logic that mimics the values of the market. But, of course, this is not only true for spaces in which formal schooling takes ...
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Building better homes through conscious construction 6.4.2018 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
Christian Grey of The Conscious Builder makes homes that are cheaper to operate, better for the environment and healthier for families.
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Tennessee Students Continue Their Fight Against a Discriminatory Voter ID Law 5.4.2018 Truthout - All Articles
Pledge your support for ethical, insightful independent media: Make a tax-deductible donation to Truthout and choose the "monthly" option at checkout. "Why is it that a handgun carry permit can be used when casting a ballot, but a student ID card cannot?" Tanya Torres, president of the student government at Fisk University, a historically black school in Nashville, Tennessee, asked that question last week in an  impromptu press conference  outside the office of state Rep.  Tim Wirgau , the Republican chair of the Committee on Local Government. Just minutes before the press conference began, Wirgau refused to allow Torres and about two dozen other students from Fisk and Tennessee State University (TSU), another historically black school in Nashville, to testify in support of  House Bill 2457 . Introduced by Democratic Reps. G.A. Hardaway and Sara Kyle, the proposal would have amended the state's voter ID law to include student IDs as an acceptable form of voter ID. The committee  voted down the bill ...
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Red State Rebellion: Inside the Oklahoma Teacher Walkout 3.4.2018 Truthout - All Articles
Kent Scott, a teacher from Tecumseh, Oklahoma holds a protest sign at the state capitol on April 2, 2018, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Thousands of teachers and supporters rallied Monday at the state Capitol calling for higher wages and better school funding. (Photo: J Pat Carter / Getty Images) Years of underfunding public schools and cutting corporate taxes has put teachers in Oklahoma under increasing strain with larger classes, the inability to retain educators and skyrocketing health insurance rates. On Monday, fed up teachers in Kentucky and Oklahoma, inspired by the successful teachers' strike in West Virginia last month, walked out for pay increases and fully funded schools. Kent Scott, a teacher from Tecumseh, Oklahoma holds a protest sign at the state capitol on April 2, 2018, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Thousands of teachers and supporters rallied Monday at the state Capitol calling for higher wages and better school funding. (Photo: J Pat Carter / Getty Images) Support your favorite writers by ...
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Climate action depends on cities and companies 3.4.2018 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
Presidents and prime ministers have limited policy control over national carbon footprints. Subnational entities can prove that "We Are Still In."
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Can the healthcare sector match big tech in going 100 percent renewable? 3.4.2018 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
Hospital, heal thyself.
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Black Student Protesters in Chicago Are Denied Access to Public Restrooms at City Hall 30.3.2018 Truthout.com
On Wednesday, dozens of predominantly Black school students at Chicago's City Hall were offered a painful reminder of the systemic injustices that previous generations of Black activists had fought against. While participating in actions to protest against the proposed $95 million police training facility, they were denied access to food and public restrooms. Chicago student organizers stage a die-in at Chicago's City Hall on Wednesday to protest a proposed police academy facility. Students created cardboard headstones in memory of people killed by police as well as community hubs, such as schools and clinics, that have been shuttered under Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. (Photo: Sarah-Ji) It's spring break for Chicago's public school students, and some of the city's young people are taking the opportunity to protest. This week, dozens of high school and middle school students from the city's South and West Sides have participated in a series of actions to demand that Chicago's City Council halt the proposed ...
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