Karen Lewis inches closer to run — crafting exploratory committee

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. 

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Amara Enyia Dares to Challenge Rahm... "because we have to" Parts 1, 2, 3

Can Amara Enyia become the Next Mayor of Chicago?

How does the 31 year old daughter of Nigerian immigrants dare to take on Rahm Emanuel and his millions?  What issues will she run on and how does she plan to win?     Read more »

NEA, Largest U.S. teachers union, calls for Education Secretary Duncan to resign

  (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.
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Progressives, Let's Fight for Power Not just Influence

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." 

Sen. Bernie Sanders: It’s Time to Declare Independence from the 1 percent

Time to declare independence from the 1 percent

Raw Story, July 5, 2014

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Why Did Pando Fire Two of Its Best Reporters? David Sirota and Ted Rall

Why Did Pando Fire Two of Its Best Reporters? 

Truthdig, June 25, 2014  Read more »

Bernie Sanders VA Bill Passes Both Houses

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.

Amara and Goliath. Rahm Emanuel has a challenger.

BY Kari Lydersen, In These Times, June 3, 2014  Read more »

Will Bernie Sanders Run for President? It depends on us.

Let's Build a Movement, then I Can Run.  


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In Chicago, nurses take up fight against petcoke piles

Nurses take up fight against petcoke piles

By Kari Lydersen, Midwest Energy News, May 14, 2014

Nurses and others call for tougher petroleum coke restrictions at a protest near the BP refinery in Whiting, Indiana. (Photo by Kari Lydersen for Midwest Energy News)

“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.

As an organizer of National Nurses United, a labor union representing about 6,000 nurses in Chicago and 185,000 nationwide, Garland has seen a lot. She represents nurses working in grueling and traumatic situations on a daily basis. And the union has picked fights with powerful politicians, including former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger andChicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

But Garland was shocked by the piles of petcoke, about six stories high, located across the street from homes. She was also perturbed to see employees walking onsite without respiratory masks.

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