Report: For-Profit Medical Provider Killed Mentally Ill Inmate in Solitary Confinement on Rikers Island

By: Wednesday January 28, 2015 11:00 am

The New York State Commission on Correction released a new report this week, detailing the findings from its investigation into the horrific and preventable death of mentally ill black inmate, Bradley Ballard.

 

Strike In India Ends After Government Agrees To Demands

By: Friday January 9, 2015 1:00 pm

A two-day strike in India by coal workers ended after the national government agreed to a proposal for a committee to listen to worker grievances. Originally set to be a five-day general strike, it began after the workers expressed outrage over an executive order passed last year allowing for companies to sell coal or, in other words, [...]

Campbell Brown Won’t Say Who Is Funding Her School Privatizing Group

By: Friday August 1, 2014 12:06 pm

With Michelle Rhee’s effort to bust the teachers unions falling flat from incompetence and corruption, the privatizing crowd wanted a new face for the brand and found one with former news anchor Campbell Brown. Brown, who is married to former Bush apparatchik Dan Senor, is ready for her debut as the new face of “ed reform.” But can a new facade fool the people?

Campbell Brown recently went on the Colbert Report to promote the group she heads, the Partnership for Educational Justice (PEJ). During the interview it became clear that Brown was not interested in revealing who was funding the group.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Joe Burns, Strike Back: Using the Militant Tactics of Labor’s Past to Reignite Public Sector Unionism Today

By: Sunday July 20, 2014 1:59 pm

If we want a stronger public sector labor movement that engages in militant and broad-based social action on behalf of both its members and the people they serve, then a focus on engaging the community is a must. Joe Burns’ book provides some guidance on how we can do that in a way that remains rooted in the values of justice and equality in the workplace that the labor movement has stood for since those textile workers in Lowell, MA walked off the job in the early 19th century. These are values that my father, who came up as a nuclear marine machinist at Norfolk Naval Shipyard, instilled in me as a young boy, and that my grandmother, a veteran of the Civil Rights Movement, instilled in him all the same.

A Great Divide: The Election Fight for California’s Schools

By: Thursday March 6, 2014 6:00 pm

An election campaign now being fought almost completely out of public view could radically alter the way California’s school children are taught. If Marshall Tuck unseats incumbent Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, the state’s public education system could become a laboratory for a movement that prizes privatization and places a high value on student test scores over traditional instruction. The contrasts between the two top contenders in the nonpartisan race could not be more dramatic – nor could the stakes for the country’s largest education system.

EXCLUSIVE: Records Show Top Chris Christie Advisor Lobbied to Bring More Inmates to Troubled Halfway Houses

By: Wednesday February 26, 2014 10:10 am

One of the most confusing aspects of the halfway house scandal – where numerous inmates escaped halfway houses and committed horrendous crimes – is why such violent individuals would ever be released to such a low security facility in the first place. Based on records obtained by Firedoglake under New Jersey’s Open Public Records Act (OPRA) we may be closer to an answer.

When Federal Contracts Turn Into Corporate Welfare

By: Sunday October 6, 2013 12:15 pm

Where does the corporate bottom line end and the public interest begin? Through the voodoo economics of federal contracting, Washington’s “partnerships” with private corporations have drained the public trust straight into the pockets of top corporate executives.

Poll Shows Highest Level of Public Disapproval for Vouchers Ever

By: Tuesday August 27, 2013 11:15 am

A new PDK/Gallup Poll reveals bad news for the corporate education reform movement to privatize public education. According to the poll, vouchers previously considered a useful wedge weapon against public schools are more unpopular than ever.

Disaster Unpreparedness: Wildfire Tragedy Sheds Light on Dangerous Budget Gaps

By: Wednesday July 10, 2013 2:55 pm

They went in as a team and perished as heroes. From what ongoing investigations have been able to determine, the 19 elite firefighters of the Prescott Fire Department’s Granite Mountain Hotshots followed safety protocols amid the ferocious wildfire at Yarnell Hill in Arizona. But evidently the fast-changing wind conditions doomed them.

Goldman Sachs Gets Into Public Education

By: Wednesday June 26, 2013 8:40 am

The corporate “ed reform” movement to privatize public education is quite lucrative – public education spending runs in the billions across the country. So should anyone be surprised that Wall Street has stepped out of the shadows to get in on the action?

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