From Chicago to Philadelphia

From Chicago to Philadelphia: A New Vision for Public School Teacher Organizing

In September of 2012 the Chicago Teachers Union led a successful seven day strike that garnered widespread public support and a new vision of quality public education for all students. At the heart of the successes of Chicago Teachers was CORE, a small group of teachers that organized with community to build a broad base of support for public education.

Chicago is now debating massive school closings, and in Philadelphia, the School Reform Commission will close 23 schools this year. Despite widespread outrage and protests, Philly’s schools could see even more cuts soon, with teachers threatened with increased class sizes, no guarantee of teaching supplies, and reduced pay in their upcoming contract.

Watch for perspectives and lessons from the Chicago Teachers Union and CORE during their visit to Philadelphia hosted by the Labor Working Group and Teachers Action Group.

Thanks Media Mobilizing Project TV for the video

UC Berkeley Students In Defense of Public Education

Corporations are killing public education right before your eyes. The Regents of the University of California are not elected, but appointed. Most are heads of major corporations and represent the interests of those corporations, not of the students or of the state of California. While claiming that the university has no money, Regents waste untold millions on pet construction projects that only line the pockets of their corporate cronies.

On 8 November 2012, UC Berkeley students held their “Day of Action in Defense of Public Education” in Sproul Plaza, then marched to Wheeler Hall to discuss tactics out of the rain. They demand that UC roll back their fees to 2009 levels, reverse all cut backs, consolidations and austerity measures against UC workers. If these demands are not met, students will mobilize for state-wide actions in the Spring, focusing on protests, walkouts and strikes.

Don’t let corporations steal your future. Don’t let yourself become an indentured servant. Rise up and join the movement now.

Thanks Peter Menchini for the video

The coming war on general computation

The coming war on general computation. The copyright war was just the beginning.

warning: non violent IT jargon

The last 20 years of Internet policy have been dominated by the copyright war, but the war turns out only to have been a skirmish. The coming century will be dominated by war against the general purpose computer, and the stakes are the freedom, fortune and privacy of the entire human race.

Thanks CCCen for the video

More than 800 Reasons

For over a month students have been resisting the introduction of new fees (US$800) at the University of Puerto Rico (UPR), which threaten to exclude about 10,000 people from higher education.
Following a call to strike riot police began to control various campuses, especially the one in Rio Piedras, the heart of the protests, at the end of last year.

Only two days ago about 30 students were arrested in front of the main entrance at the Rio Piedras campus during acts of civil disobedience. Hundreds were detained in the past few weeks and rumours of torture tactics being used by the police forces against students spread.

Thanks United4Education for the video