No Public Education, No Democracy! by Simone Harris

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by Simone Harris
Guest Writer
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Feb. 28, 2012

Tax the rich, not our future placard

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I teach English at Montgomery High School in Santa Rosa, California. I love my school, my amazing colleagues, and the kids who enter my classroom each year. But I hate what is happening to public education.

From the national to the local level, our public schools are under attack, and that means our students are under attack. This attack takes more than one form. Continue reading

A Convergence of Greed And Political Influence by Guadamour

by Guadamour
Featured Writer
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January 15, 2012

Occupy Milwaukee

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Pulitzer Prise winner James B. Stewart’s book, Den of Thieves, came out in 1992 and detailed the corruption in the financial and political underpinnings of the country. After reading it, one hoped they would never have to read another book on that topic, because the problems which caused it would be fixed. The book told the story of insider trading scandals involving Ivan Boesky, Michael Milken and other financiers and their Investment bankers, using junk (high-yielding, high-risk unrated corporate ) bonds to takeover companies. Continue reading