This just in . . .

Publicly subsidizing private schools is destroying community schools

Friday, October 24, 2014

Over twenty years ago, a group of education policymakers and politicians came together and created a fundamentally flawed policy of providing a public subsidy for private schools in Milwaukee. This subsidy program is now poised for statewide implementation, and unlike twenty years ago, we can now say with great certainty that this program is contributing to the systemic destruction of public education in Wisconsin.

The Eurozone’s ‘New Austerity Model’

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

In the coming weeks and months, as the Eurozone economy weakens still further, it is likely that debates and splits within the Eurozone capitalist elites will continue to intensify.

The Eurozone economy has never really recovered from the 2008-09 financial crash and recession. Austerity policies—that played a major role in preventing a sustained Eurozone economic recovery for the past five years—are now evolving into still newer forms. 

Alice Slater: China Is the Only Country That Promised Not To Use Nuclear Weapons First

October 21, 2014

Alice Slater, Green Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Sustainability and New York Director of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, interviewed by Rossiya Segodnya of RIA NOVOSTI on the 50th anniversary of the China's first nuclear test about the current situation with the nuclear weapons in China. There are nine countries that have nuclear weapons today: the US, Russia, UK, France, and China signed the Non-Proliferation treaty (NPT) in 1970.

Uniting to Transform US Policing

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Throughout the nation the issue of police brutality, including killings of unarmed people, is a common problem. It is part of a criminal enforcement system that has pitted police against people in ways that are very destructive to the fabric of the nation.  DOJ is taking or has taken action involving three dozen law enforcement agencies during the Obama era.

Restoring Privacy in Era of Big Data

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Without strong privacy and security protections for individuals, costs of the 21st Century digital disruption appear to outweigh benefits. Our identity is fundamentally our intellectual and spiritual property. Corporations protect their intellectual property with trade secret laws, yet laws don't afford the same privacy rights to people. 

Democracy on Trial in Michigan October 27

Monday, October 13, 2014

Rev. Edward Pinkney of Benton Harbor, Michigan will go to trial on October 27 for circulating recall petitions against pro-corporate Mayor James Hightower. Rev. Pinkney is a longtime community leader who ran for Congress as a Green Party candidate in 2008. He was charged with “voter fraud” for allegedly altering dates on the petitions and now faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted.