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Mike Klonsky’s SmallTalk Blog: IN MY MAILBOX « Continuing Change

Mike Klonsky’s SmallTalk Blog: IN MY MAILBOX « Continuing Change

Mike Klonsky’s SmallTalk Blog: IN MY MAILBOX

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Wear Red for Public Ed 1-4-11

IN MY MAILBOX

Wear Red For Ed

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We are a grassroots group of teachers and parents who use the Facebook Senate Bill 6 site to advocate public education We are looking for a way to raise awareness to the issues. Thus, the Wear Red for Ed day. We are urging people to get involved and informed. Here are some of our objections/positions:

Florida teachers and parents have joined again, as they did last Spring, to let our new Florida

A Draft Of My #TEDxRevolution Speech: A Kid’s Responsibility to Freedom | The Jose Vilson

A Draft Of My #TEDxRevolution Speech: A Kid’s Responsibility to Freedom | The Jose Vilson

A Draft Of My #TEDxRevolution Speech: A Kid’s Responsibility to Freedom

by JOSE on MARCH 3, 2011

Prisons vs. Schools, In a List

I‘ll start by saying I’ve taught now for the better part of six years, all in public school. As an NYC Teaching Fellow, learning how to teach while teaching isn’t the best part of the job. Teaching, however, is. It’s a liberating experience because it’s the answer to the question of “What will you

#wearewi #wiunion #p2 Capitol Building Ordered Open During Business Hours, But Can Be Emptied at Night | FDL News Desk

Wisconsin: Capitol Building Ordered Open During Business Hours, But Can Be Emptied at Night | FDL News Desk

Wisconsin: Capitol Building Ordered Open During Business Hours, But Can Be Emptied at Night

By: David Dayen Thursday March 3, 2011 6:23 pm

A dramatic few hours in the Capitol building in Madison. A Dane County court judge, John C. Albert, all Capitol access restrictions must be lifted by the Department of Administration. This allows open access to the Capitol for the public, including protesters, during business hours. Albert gave a deadline of March 8 at 8am (next Monday) for full implementation; if Gov. Walker and the DOA do not comply, they can be held in contempt of court. Albert also said in his ruling that there have been, based on his investigation, “no injuries or damage to personal or government property,” which is a direct shot at the bogus claim ofmillions of dollars in damages.

However, Albert’s ruling only applies to business hours. Therefore, the Capitol police moved to shut down the building today at 6:00pm. The DOA has the authority to clear out protesters in the Capitol after business hours.

The attorney in the case explained the ruling to the protesters in the Rotunda.

Just after the ruling, protesters found an opening at the State Street entrance to the Capitol. Capitol Police Chief Charles Tubbs then told them they had to leave after close of business hours or face arrest

Taking food out of the mouths of babes

Taking food out of the mouths of babes

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Taking food out of the mouths of babes

The budget legislation passed by House Republicans in the wee hours of February 19 (no Democrats voted for it) would slash $747 million -- about 10 percent -- from the 2011 budget for the Special Supplemental Feeding Program for Women, Infants and Children. It's commonly known as "WIC."

Created in 1974, WIC provides very modest but crucial food assistance to low-income moms and little kids who are at "nutrition risk." To qualify, recipients must be poor -- very poor. Some 68 percent of WIC beneficiaries live at, or below, the poverty line. That's about $22,000 for a family of four.

Cutting funding to WIC during the worst economy in 80 years is an unacceptably lopsided and wrong-headed approach to food and agriculture policy. The House Republicans' budget inflicts serious damage to a food program for poor kids and pregnant women, but it cut not one penny from the farm subsidies that go to big agribusinesses and wealthy landowners -- at a time when they are enjoying record-high crop prices and incomes. By cutting just a fraction of these subsidies we could have held WIC harmless.

Because the budget process is ongoing, this isn't the last time your representative will vote on funding for food programs. Join EWG Action Fund in calling on members of Congress to do the right thing on future votes.

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Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: IN MY MAILBOX -- Cutting WIC

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: IN MY MAILBOX -- Cutting WIC

IN MY MAILBOX -- Cutting WIC


Dear Mike ,

In case you missed it: The budget legislation passed by the House of Representatives would slash $747 million -- about 10 percent -- from the 2011 budget for the Special Supplemental Feeding Program for Women, Infants and Children. It's commonly known as "WIC."

WIC was created in 1974 to provide a very modest but crucial measure of food assistance to low-income moms and little kids who are at "nutrition risk." To qualify for this modest assistance, recipients must be poor -- very poor. Some 68 percent of WIC beneficiaries live at, or below, the poverty line.

Des Moines Education Association: Fight Back Against the Bashing of Public Employees #StateSOS #WIunion #SolidarityWI

Des Moines Education Association: Fight Back Against the Bashing of Public Employees

Fight Back Against the Bashing of Public Employees

If you are talking to your neighbor, a relative, or some random citizen on the street and they begin to parrot some anti-public employee union propaganda that they have heard in the media don't let it pass take it as a teachable moment by using some of the information in the following articles...

DO PUBLIC EMPLOYEES ENJOY BETTER PAY AND BENEFITS AT TAXPAYER EXPENSE?

According to a recently released report from the Iowa Policy Project public employees make less when compared with comparable private sector employees of the same education and age.

You can read the Des Moines Register article on this report HERE.

You can read the full report from the Iowa Policy Project HERE.

DON'T PUBLIC EMPLOYEES NEED TO CONTRIBUTE MORE TO THEIR OWN BENEFITS?

A huge misconception is that somehow public employees do not contribute to their health insurance benefits or

#StateSOS #WIunion #SolidarityWI Our Lawyer just got to the Capitol - News from Inside the Wisconsin Capitol Building

Our Lawyer just got to the Capitol - News from Inside the Wisconsin Capitol Building

In Wisconsin, Walker Looks For a Way Out | Firedoglake #WIunion

In Wisconsin, Walker Looks For a Way Out | Firedoglake
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In Wisconsin, Walker Looks For a Way Out

By: David Dayen Thursday March 3, 2011 4:48 pm

Can he talk his way out of this? (photo: WisPolitics.com via Flickr)

Scott Walker has been threatening public workers with layoff notices for a solid week, so another threat isn’t surprising. This time the deadline is tomorrow. Before it was last Friday. And then Tuesday.

So what is surprising? That there’s talk ofcompromise in the air.

Walker says he’s also negotiating with Senate Democrats to get them to return and vote on the bill. The 14 senators left town two weeks ago to avoid voting on the measure.

Walker says he won’t concede on the collective bargaining issue, but he may on others.

A tweet from the chief of the editorial board for the Wisconsin State Journal adds that union re-certification and dues in paychecks are “on the table.”

This is a significant pullback, actually, though I don’t think it’ll be enough for the unions. Let’s explain. The budget repair bill didn’t only strip collective bargaining rights from public employees. It set up a process where the unions would almost certainly be destroyed. Under the bill, the union would have to be re-

solidaridad: Thank you Matt Damon! Let's replace RTTT with the Zinn Education Project #WIunion

solidaridad: Thank you Matt Damon! Let's replace RTTT with the Zinn Education Project

Thank you Matt Damon! Let's replace RTTT with the Zinn Education Project

"...[T]he person who wants bold changes in the way our society is going is not going to find them represented by either the Democratic or Republican candidates, and that's still true with Obama and McCain." — Howard Zinn

The late Dr. Howard Zinn and Matt Damon speaking truth to power
Hollywood luminary and social justice minded Matt Damon is quoted in theHuffington Post saying some very profound things about this administration's corporate neoliberal education "reform" policies:

"He's [Obama] doubled down on a lot of things, going back to education... the idea that we're testing kids and we're tying teachers salaries to how kids are performing on tests, that kind of mechanized thinking has nothing to do with higher order. We're training them, not teaching them." — Matt Damon

Many HuffPost liberals and a handful of like minded teabaggers were

Firefighters denied access to Capitol during emergency call - JSOnline #WIunion #SolidarityWI

Firefighters denied access to Capitol during emergency call - JSOnline

Firefighters denied access to Capitol during emergency call

Madison -- Security is so restrictive at the state Capitol that firefighters were denied access to the building during an emergency call Tuesday, one of the firefighters said Thursday.

Dave Trainor, a Madison firefighter, said he was part of a crew dispatched to the Capitol on a call that someone was trapped in an elevator. Firefighters were denied access at one of the building's entrances that is being guarded by police.

Firefighters then had to make their way through a crowd of protesters outside the building and drive their 100-foot ladder truck to the other side of the Capitol to get inside.

As it turned out, a police officer was trapped in an elevator. But at the time of the call, firefighters did

Big Education Ape: 3-3-11, Special PM #WIunion Edition #SolidarityWI #statesos

Big Education Ape: Ed News Now, #statesos

Big Education Ape: Ed News Now

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