Public education is on the chopping block for elimination. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants it commodified into another business profit center. At issue is saving it.
Chicago schools alone have been wrecked by closures, teacher firings, budget cuts, militarized high schools, growing numbers of quasi-private charter schools, and kids hung out to dry for bottom line priorities. Emanuel demands more.
By Robert Jensen - August 29th, 2012
I have never much liked football. But after 20 years as a professor at the University of Texas, I have learned to hate football, and really hate Longhorn football...I dislike almost everything about football — the senseless violence, the fans reveling in that violence, the pathological glorification of competition, the sexual objectification of female cheerleaders and dancers, the obscene amounts of money spent on the spectacle.
By Keith Jones - WSWS
Quebec’s entire political establishment, including the trade union bureaucracy, is united in seeking to suppress the six month-long Quebec student strike...In recent days, the corporate media has expressed alarm over the fact that there appears to be a sizable section of students who...want to continue the strike when the government-“suspended” winter term resumes later this month.
Injustice defines Western societies. America long ago spurned rule of law principles. Canada marches in lock-step.
Back in the Spring of 2011, we shifted our focus from writing to holding workshops, and since then, we’ve done more than two dozen in cities and towns across Southern Ontario. We are almost too excited to share with you the culmination of this work, the Learning from the Land guide.
June 21, 2012 - Linchpin
[CLC President] Ken Georgetti says the “radical elements” are not to be supported in order to facilitate an agreement. To him an agreement in itself is more important than a victory for the students and workers of Quebec. Again his message is clear, class peace at all costs. He says the students are tired and have been fighting a long time as a reason why they should not be supported. This is pathetic.
By Ethan Cox - rabble.ca
Police actions over the weekend crossed a line, an even more significant one than that crossed by the reviled Bill 78. Across Montreal's metro system...where the Formula 1 racetrack is located, police engaged in "preventative arrests"...People were pulled off metros, denied access to a public park, searched, and in many cases arrested. Why? Because they were wearing a political symbol. A red square of solidarity with the student cause.
By Keith Jones - WSWS
SPQ Libre (Trade Unionists and Progressives for a Free Quebec) — an organization that serves as a mouthpiece for the trade union bureaucracy — has issued an open letter voicing hostility to the Quebec student strike and the growing defiance of Bill 78 and promoting instead the return to power of the big business Parti Québecois (PQ).
Students are exploited for profit. Providers are enriched. For many, rising tuition and fees make higher education unaffordable. Others need large loans to attend. As a result, they become debt entrapped.
By Roger Annis - rabble.ca
An elected member of Quebec's National Assembly was among 67 people arrested last night in Quebec City at a protest march against the Quebec government's proposed 75 per cent hike to post-secondary tuition fees and the civil liberties-crushing Bill 78...Amir Khadir is the one elected member of the Québec Solidaire party...He and 66 others were arrested for marching in a roadway. They were handcuffed, detained for several hours in a transit bus used as a jail cell, and then issued a fine of $494.
By Katherine Stewart - Wednesday 30 May 2012
The [Child Evangelism Fellowship] and the legal advocacy groups that have been responsible for its tremendous success over the past ten years are determined to "Knock down all doors, all the barriers, to all 65,000 public elementary schools in America and take the Gospel to this open mission field now!["]...The CEF wants to operate in the public schools...because they know that young children associate the public schools with authority and are unable to distinguish between activities that take place in a school and those that are sponsored by the school.
By Roger Annis - June 1, 2012
"When a government cuts off dialogue, when a government sabotages negotiations, the only place left for the population to make itself heard is in the streets. And there's where we are returning."
By Xavier Lafrance and Alan Sears - Wednesday, 23 May 2012
...[S]olidarity is crucial in the face of the Charest clampdown with Bill 78. Anyone interested in the right to organize, free political expression or challenging austerity, on campuses or off, must actively support the Quebec students in their resistance to repression and in their struggle against the fee hike...The Quebec government is clearly determined to push Quebec tuition upwards toward the higher levels elsewhere, and will try to do so until student movements in the rest of North America begin to roll back those outrageous increases and push towards free tuition.
By Martin Lukacs - Thursday 24 May 2012
In its contempt for students and citizens, the government has riled a population with strong, bitter memories of harsh measures against social unrest – whether the dark days of the iron-fisted Duplessis era, the martial law enforced by the Canadian army in 1970, or years of labour battles marred by the jailing of union leaders. These and other occasions have shown Québécois how the political elite has no qualms about trampling human rights to maintain a grip on power.