Lakeside Diner

By: Tuesday September 18, 2012 4:45 am

A variety of links to articles/interviews/speeches/videos on current issues that may be of interest.

 

Lakeside Diner

By: Friday September 14, 2012 4:45 am

A variety of links to articles/interviews/speeches/videos on current issues that may be of interest.

Tell Boys & Girls Club of Chicago: Ditch Rahm

By: Thursday September 13, 2012 1:00 pm

As Dave Dayen wrote, “The schools in the lowest-income areas have no air conditioning. Roofs leak. The cafeteria is full of roaches. Mold sits in the ventilation systems. Kids don’t get textbooks for weeks. Administrators pack classrooms with 40 and 50 students at a time.”

The city of Chicago did set aside money to make these repairs, but Mayor Rahm Emanual rerouted it to his cronies. And yet, somehow, Rahm is still the Honorary Chairman of the The Boys and Girls Club of Chicago, an organization with a mission “to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.”

Tell the Board of Directors to remove Rahm Emanual as Honorary Chair of the Boys and Girls Club of Chicago.

Lakeside Diner

By: Wednesday September 12, 2012 4:45 am

A variety of links to articles/interviews/speeches/videos on current issues that may be of interest.

As Paul Ryan Lines Up Behind Rahm, the Scheme to Privatize Chicago Schools Becomes Clear

By: Tuesday September 11, 2012 7:07 am

Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan has twisted the knife just a bit more in an attempt to draw out President Obama on the Chicago Teachers Union strike, now entering its second day. He told a fundraiser in Portland, OR yesterday that he endorsed the position in the strike of the former chief of staff of Barack Obama:

The Chicago Teachers Union Fight Is a National Fight

By: Monday September 10, 2012 3:00 pm

That’s what this fight is about: the larger unified movement against workers. It also encompasses more than just wages, even though new rules in Chicago dictate that the contract negotiations are limited to that. This is about the education reform debate, and it represents the first time that a teachers union has really fought back against these largely untested and unproven ideas about how to turn around the so-called “failing” public school system. (Note: the public school system, and more broadly the US education system, isn’t failing). And so before we concern-troll that long strikes could hurt future economic opportunity for students, we have to address whether education policy that allows for looting by business interests through moving schools into the for-profit sector, or the end of collective bargaining as a meaningful check on management keeping all profits for themselves, hurts that economic opportunity to a much greater degree.

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