Submitted by arlenegloria on Wed, 07/16/2014 - 14:49
By Natasha Korecki, Sun-Times, July 15, 2014 Photo - Rich Hein/Sun-Times
Karen Lewis’ potential bid for Chicago Mayor has moved beyond just a thought — it’s an “organic,” growing movement, the fiery Chicago Teachers Union president said.
Lewis revealed on Monday she already has an unofficial exploratory committee in the works, a chairperson has been named and her camp is working to have a representative in each of the city’s 77 neighborhoods.
Submitted by arlenegloria on Tue, 07/08/2014 - 14:15
(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
By Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, July 8, 2014
Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s relations with teachers unions just got more difficult. Delegates of the National Education Association, the nation’s largest teachers union, voted at their annual convention to call on Duncan to resign after similar efforts had failed in previous years. And the NEA is about to get a new president, Lily Eskelsen García, who is known for her tough talk and determination to fight back against corporate school reformers.
Submitted by Illinoisnoki1 on Tue, 07/08/2014 - 15:59
By Bill Bianchi, PDA-Chicago
A Populist Moment Needs a Long Term Strategy
In his set-up piece to the Nation's recent print forum, Progressive Strategies in a Populist Moment, Robert Borosage, president of the Institute for America's Future, says we're living in a populist moment in great need of strategies to gain real power so we can make our economy “work for the majority, not just the few."
Submitted by arlenegloria on Thu, 06/12/2014 - 08:50
Congress's Only Socialist becomes a bipartisan dealmaker
By Suzy Khimm, MSNBC, June 12, 2014
It’s the kind of deal that makes Washington’s old bulls nostalgic for days of Congress past: bipartisan, pragmatic, and swiftly pulled together behind closed doors to address an urgent policy problem. But the bill overhauling veterans’ health care, which passed both houses unanimously this week, had an unlikely legislator at the helm: Congress’s only self-described socialist, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who has long prided himself as being the left’s gadfly.
Submitted by arlenegloria on Wed, 05/14/2014 - 21:24
Nurses take up fight against petcoke piles
By Kari Lydersen, Midwest Energy News, May 14, 2014
“Stunning, just stunning, just stunning,” said Sheilah Garland, shaking her head as she stared out the window of the bus rolling along a dirt road next to towering black piles of petroleum coke on Chicago’s Southeast Side.