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What follows is a conversation between journalist Branko Marcetic and Thomas Hedges of the Real News Network. Read a transcript of their conversation below or watch the video at the bottom of the post. KAMALA HARRIS: I stand before you today to announce my candidacy. THOMAS HEDGES: On January 21, Kamala Harris announced she was […]

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Woman, Jew, Mother, Justice

March 15, 2019           |                                       

“The Unstoppable Ruth Bader Ginsburg, American Icon”Purchase in the Truthdig Bazaar “The Unstoppable Ruth Bader Ginsburg, American Icon” A book by Antonia Felix, foreword by Mimi Leder Any book about Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will be notable simply because she is remarkable. Antonia Felix, a biographer, and Mimi Leder, a film and television producer, authors […]

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Teacher sickouts in Kentucky, protests in Maryland and Texas By E.P. Milligan 14 March 2019 The nation-wide teachers revolt that began in 2018 has continued to unfold, most recently with job actions and protests by teachers in Kentucky, Maryland, and Texas. Actions by teachers, like those taken by workers across the US and internationally, have […]

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Top-Tier College Pay-to-Play Bust Nets Coaches, Actresses

March 12, 2019           |                                       

BOSTON—Hollywood actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin were charged along with at least 40 other people Tuesday in a scheme in which wealthy parents bribed college coaches and insiders at testing centers to help get their children into some of the most elite schools in the country, prosecutors said. “These parents are a catalog of […]

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United Nations Chief Warns Of Pushback On Women's Rights

March 12, 2019           |                                       

The head of the United Nations has warned of a “deep, pervasive and relentless” pushback on women’s rights around the world. Speaking at the opening of the annual meeting of the Commission on the Status of Women on March 11, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for a fight to “push back against the pushback.” The commission […]

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Paralysed by Fear and Selfishness

March 6, 2019           |                                       

In just over a week’s time, on March 15th, primary and secondary school students around the world concerned about climate change and the refusal of most politicians and business leaders to take it seriously, will be holding a series of School Strikes and other activities centred around climate change and the environment. A Swedish student, […]

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In what sounds like an example of life imitating “Veep,” first lady Melania Trump’s visit to a school in Oklahoma this week might have accidentally triggered an international incident after reporters in Turkey discovered that the school was founded by followers of a dissident Turkish cleric who Turkey’s government blames for an attempted coup in […]

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Photograph Source SchuminWeb Wikicommons President Trump bashing the free press, F.B.I., allies, human rights, and immigrants illustrates how the national preoccupation with terrorism and the politics of fear has taken a toll on our discourse, civility and a wide range of domestic policies and international relations. Many actions since 9/11 are consistent with a Terrorism […]

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OAKLAND, Calif. — Oakland teachers will be back in their classrooms Monday after union members voted to approve a contract deal with district officials. The Oakland Education Association voted in favor of the deal on Sunday after postponing the vote for a day. The agreement must also be ratified by the Oakland Unified School District. […]

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Amid widespread opposition, union declares end to Oakland teachers strike By Joseph Santolan 4 March 2019 On Sunday night, the Oakland Education Association (OEA) declared an end to the seven-day strike by 3,000 teachers after claiming that its sellout deal with the school board had been ratified. The announcement came after a mass membership meeting […]

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How Gates Foundation’s Push for “High-Quality” Curriculum Will Stifle Teaching

March 3, 2019           |                                       

Petrochemical Giants Are Slowly Killing Black Louisiana Communities Decriminalizing Sex Work Is a Matter of Survival The Role of Media in Democracy: An Interview With Gary Younge The Oakland Teachers Strike Is a Direct Challenge to Neoliberalism The Big Wall Street Giveaway the 115th Congress Hopes the 116th Won’t Notice Insecticide Linked to Increased Breast […]

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What do you do when thinking people reject your political ideology? You get rid of thinking people. That’s Betsy DeVos’ plan to rejuvenate and renew the Republican Party. The billionaire heiress who bought her position as Donald Trump’s Education Secretary plans to spend $5 billion of your tax dollars on private, religious, and parochial schools. […]

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Oakland Teachers Strike Ends With Tentative Deal for Raise

March 2, 2019           |                                       

OAKLAND, Calif.—Striking teachers in Oakland, California, celebrated after reaching a contract deal Friday with school administrators to end a seven-day walkout. To cheers and applause, union leaders from the Oakland Education Association announced that teachers had won everything they demanded — higher pay, smaller classes and more school resources — in a week of marathon […]

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The Trump administration renewed its push for school choice on Thursday with a proposal to provide $5 billion a year in federal tax credits for donations made to groups offering scholarships for private schools, apprenticeships and other educational programs. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos unveiled the plan as a “bold proposal” to give students more choices […]

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If Emissions Aren’t Curbed, Clouds May Disappear Congress Is Unlikely to Stop Trump’s “Emergency,” But Lawsuits Could This 2007 Bernie Sanders Video Is Still Tragically Relevant Photo Essay: Oakland Teachers Fight for Public Education Youth Climate Activists Arrested for Sit-In at Mitch McConnell’s Office Abortion Restrictions Sweep Through GOP-Held Legislatures Students and parents have come […]

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