Archive: November/December 2013

Cover Story

Education must serve the people, not the corporations

The corporations and their government have been telling us for years what kind of education our children should be getting – one that will prepare them to “compete” in a “knowledge-based, globally competitive economy.” We’re told we need an education …

Editorial

Detroit: harbinger of the future of America?

Detroit, once the preeminent and most thriving industrial city in America, is now one of the poorest cities in the country. It exemplifies the plans of a corporate ruling class for making the economic transition from industry to electronics, while …

Rebel Diaz: A Hip Hop History with a Future

This is an interview with the hip hop group Rebel Diaz, consisting of Rodrigo Venegas (known as RodStarz), and his brother Gonzalo Venegas (known as G1. We met up at Martyrs’ nightclub in Chicago …

Slaying of unarmed people by police

Congress should take a lesson from the Cleveland City Council, where they opt for silence instead of endorsing the slaying of unarmed people. The House of Representatives, on the other hand …

When

When news and radio still tell now nothing of the greed
The streets are filling rapidly by those who are in need
I watched at city hall the rich all gathered for a feast …

The Education Fight

On these pages we are publishing stories on the fight for education in America. An education system is needed that does what education is supposed to do: that creates a cultured, thinking person who can analyze the world and take …

Chicago Students Union: Voices that Must Be Heard

Israel Munoz was a senior at Kelly High School in Chicago when the teachers strike broke out last September. “Their courageous stand would change my life forever,” he said in an essay on the on-line …

TIFs Steal From Children, Give to Corporations

Looking at Chicago’s Tax Increment Finance districts is like staring at a spider web. Both are elegant, complex, and sinister: seems like there is more here than meets the eye. Unless you are a predator …

Hunger is growing across the country

On September 19, the U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation that would cut the food stamp program by nearly $40 billion over the next decade. President Obama has promised …

Austerity, police terrorism and mass incarceration

From the beginning, this country was built on the backs of the poor. Despite what some call social and technological advancements, the survival of this country in the ways that it exists remains dependent …

Class unity growing

Across decades-old racial divides, our class—the working class—is beginning to unite. We are at a turning point. Something very serious, very significant, very beneficial for our class—the …

The fight for water in Highland Park, MI

I have been involved in the water struggle since early 2000. Some people here haven’t received a water bill for over two years, but now they are being sent to various parts of the city. People will not …

Detroit is better than that

Illinois has the worst credit rating of any state in the nation. An overall pension debt of nearly $97 billion and a backlog of unpaid bills nearing $10 billion. The City of Chicago recently saw its credit …

“Momenpopcast”

This is a brand new podcast by Andy and Leslie Willis. They’ve tackled subjects like the roots of morality, the electronic revolution, and public education, interviewing leaders on the front lines …

Andy Lopez, 2000-2013

Drum beats and Aztec dancers led hundreds of chanting people on an evening march from the Latino neighborhood of Roseland to the downtown square of Santa Rosa, California, October 30 …

Recall Benton Harbor School Board members

The Benton Harbor School Board’s key function is to be flexible and responsive, to provide leadership, policy development and communication to the community. Three school board members, Willie …