On the Occasion of My Retirement as a Teacher in Urban America

Teacher Teaching Blackboard Chalk

Retired teacher, Caitlin Casement, speaks out about conditions in and out of the classroom that make it almost impossible for urban students to succeed.

Carnage at Yahoo: The Lopsided Economy

jobs mob

Carl Bloice: With industry executives raking in fantastic and unwarranted riches while the lives of workers from Sunnyvale to Pittsburgh are rendered ever more precarious, whatever is happening certainly is lopsided.

Friday Feedback: What’s Next for Occupy?

define necessity

Friday Feedback: To just hold signs and chant about being the 99% and it being so unfair may have reached the point of diminishing returns while the mercurial attention of the American media and public is turning to the next shiny object.

Labor Needs a New Generation of Leadership

Randy Shaw: Labor rewards those who wait. But those whose advancement depends on their willingness to wait may not be the most visionary or talented.

I Was Born On Mother’s Day

was my mother’s first Mother’s Day gift. She spent her first Mother’s Day in labor and delivery.  I was born at 1:40 p.m. on Mother’s Day many years ago.  In some ways, my being born on Mother’s Day — her first born and the first grandchild — made Mother’s Day all the more special in [...]

Attack On Libya: When Islamophobia Collides With Negrophobia

Islamophobia

Anthony Samad: America’s Negrophobia pushed Obama to act out its Islamophobia. It’s an unavoidable collision course that Obama will have to navigate very delicately, lest he crashes and burns.

Oprah and the Voice of a New Generation

Derrick Ashong

Fortunately, Ashong has no dearth of faith, pluck, intelligence or drive. As an undergraduate, on the first professional audition of his life, he won a stand-out role in Steven Spielberg’s Amistad

Repealing Prop 8: Should We Do it in 2010 – or 2012?

Proposition 8

Marriage equality groups are determined to fight hard regardless of when “the movement” decides on a 2010 or 2012 date, but I’m hazy on who exactly will make that decision.

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