I fought many battles with you over the years. I've organized rallies, spoken out, written articles, lobbied against harmful bills, brought speakers to enlighten others, and testified against a movement to privatize public education.
For this reason, I feel comfortable saying this: YOU MUST VOTE.
You feel betrayed by this administration. I get that. I really do. I am in awe of all you do and all you have endured the past three years alone. You do this for the love of teaching because the money sure isn't there. But your passion has been tested with many outside 'reformers' dissecting, overhauling, and now dismantling your profession.
Some of you have told me you're angry enough to cast aside your vote. But you simply cannot do that. This will be a close race and no doubt a hotly contested race in the end.
I'm not a union leader or even a union member. I'm not a fellow teacher or your Superintendent asking you to vote. I am your friend in the trenches asking you to do what you always have done - put the children first. Do this for them. YOU MUST VOTE.
Governor Romney and his wife already said many times they plan to 'toss out public education' and that the answer lies in privatized charters. Governor Romney also said that technology over teachers would help the nation on the road to recovery. That's right he thinks our children should have HAL the computer over Hal the cool science teacher. That will save money, he says. (Just not for his grandchildren, I suppose.)
Do not let your anger blind you from the fact that if you toss your vote away, you are handing the election over to Governor Romney which will unquestionably spell the end of public education.
We won't struggle together over opposing failed reforms, or destructive legislation. Public schools will vanish.
It is up to you. VOTE FOR PRESIDENT OBAMA. Bring your colleagues, your family, your neighbors out to vote. Every child in our nation needs you to vote. Do it for them. Don't stubbornly toss your vote away. Not now. Not this election.
I assure you I'll be there the day after election continuing to battle these egregious education reforms together alongside you. But we'll at least still have a public education system to work to improve.
I pray that President Obama had an epiphany while touring our nation during his campaign. He might realize that there are millions like us who think some of these failed education reforms must come to an end. There is hope in that. There is no hope handing the keys to our nation over to a man who has already told you he plans to 'blow up' public education.
Teachers, administrators, counselors, staff, principals, I beg you and those who spoke with me over many months -- do not hand this presidency over to Governor Romney by choosing not to vote. Please.
While teaching the introductory education course at my university, I have taught many of our athletes, and they often immediately make an extra effort to engage with me once I explain to them that I was a high school English teacher for 18 years, including many years as the head soccer coach for the boys and girls teams. I also tell them that my wife is a P.E. teacher as well as a varsity/junior varsity volleyball coach and varsity assistant/junior varsity head soccer coach.
My daughter was an elite high school and club soccer player throughout her academic life as well.
One semester, a young man from England sat in my class as a member of the university’s soccer team. He was a popular and thoughtful young man whose British accent garnered him a good deal of attention, but I was most struck by his willingness to discuss how the U.S. and his
I am happy to endorse the candidacy of Robert D. Skeels for LAUSD school board.
He attended UCLA, is a veteran of the US Navy, and a staunch supporter of public education. He passionately defends the right of every child to a high-quality education.
His knowledge, experience and perspective would add a greatly needed new voice to the deliberations of the school board. He would stand up for children, parents and teachers.
The future of public education hangs in the balance, as the forces of privatization circle round it. I strongly urge voters to support Robert Skeels at this critical time.
In the Public Interest, a nonpartisan public policy group in DC, filed a Freedom of Information Act request for communications between Tony Bennett, the far-right Indiana State Superintendent of Education in Indiana, and certain individuals–specifically Jeb Bush and Joel Klein.
The question of interest is whether certain parties with a financial interest might be influencing Bennett’s
Schools Matter: NJ State Testing Just Washed Away: NJ State Testing Just Washed Away by Judy Rabin Now what? Sandy is a game changer here in New Jersey. These endless standardized tests and the mounds of money spent on this garbage is now finally being exposed as the state grapples with no way to administer and account for the VAM, value added measures. How many points for what trauma. The social, psychological, emotional and financial toll from a storm like this one, and how many "points" should be subtracted or added to an already meaningless bean counting machine for children,...more »
Daily Kos: Ralston 's analysis of early NV Vote - not good for Romney: Ralston 's analysis of early NV Vote - not good for Romney by firstname.lastname@example.org (teacherken) as you can read in Democrats end with 71,000-voter lead in Clark, near dead heat in Washoe some snips: bottom line: The credible polls on both sides would have to be wrong -- i.e. Romney would have to win independents by a large margin -- for him to win Nevada. No rural updates from Friday, but Democrats were losing by about 20,000 voters there. Some Latest from Sam Wang - more good news by email@example.com (teacher...more »
Mass Production of Individuals | Mr. Teachbad: Mass Production of Individuals by teachbad Every student is a *precious gift* who deserves an educational experience that is at once self-paced and expertly guided; providing a constant but ever-changing and perfect combination of challenge, relevance, support and blah-bitty blah blah, etc. You know… And we all wish we could do that for our students. Or, if we don’t wish we could, we used to imagine that we might be able to or want to. Or, lacking that, we reasonably assumed that our students might have endeav...more »
Parents United for Responsible Education » Blog Archive » Chicago pays $78.4 million fine for stupid job test: Chicago pays $78.4 million fine for stupid job test by admin People are getting more and more concerned about the cost of testing — and we really have no idea what we’re spending. But here’s a big number everyone can understand: a $78 million compensation award for Chicago African-American firefighter applicants who, according to a federal judge, were denied job opportunity as a firefighter because of the city’s discriminatory entrance test. The Sun-Times reported: “The 19...more »
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NYC Public School Parents: Important update on Sandy re closed & relocated schools!: Important update on Sandy re closed & relocated schools! by Leonie Haimson I hope you are all recovering from Hurricane Sandy; I just got my power restored last night here in Greenwich Village, though there are still nearly one quarter of a million NYC residents and more than a million households in the tri-state area without power or heat. Immeasurable damage has occurred to people’s homes and even more tragically, lives have been lost, but I wanted to update you on new developments as regards ...more »
They're Furry And Furious: Puppets Protest At The U.S. Capitol : The Two-Way : NPR: *They're Furry And Furious: Puppets Protest At The U.S. Capitol* by SHULA NEUMAN November 03, 2012 2:48 PM * * There's presidential politics and then there's puppet politics. You may recall that in the first presidential debate GOP contender Mitt Romney made a statement that caused the two worlds to collide. "I am going to stop the subsidy to PBS. I'm going to stop other things. I like PBS. I love Big Bird. I actually like you, too," Romney said, referring to moderator Jim Lehrer. "But I'm no...more »
A Seat in the Room? « InterACT: A Seat in the Room? by Lisa Alva Wood [image: UTLA mtg]A recent UTLA meeting gets underway. Who will fill open seats in the union’s House of Representatives? (photo by the author) United Teachers Los Angeles may be on the brink of an unwelcome change. Currently, there is a groundswell of teachers nominating themselves for the UTLA House of Representatives – teachers who have not been actively involved in UTLA in the past but who are motivated to do something now. For teachers who are alienated by the current brand of union rhetoric or feel de-profe...more »
Schools Matter: Indiana DOE Stalls FOIA Naming Joel Klein and Jeb Bush and Detailing the Dog and Pony Tony Tour: Indiana DOE Stalls FOIA Naming Joel Klein and Jeb Bush and Detailing the Dog and Pony Tony Tour by Storm *GUEST POST: * *Indiana Department of Education Fails to Release Documents on Tony Bennett, Jeb Bush, and Other School Privatizers* *By Doug Martin* On Friday afternoon, just days before the next state supt. of public education will be elected, Indiana’s Public Access Counselor, Joseph B. Hoage, quietly voiced his opinion on the Indiana Department of Education fai...more »
On Friday, November 2, 2012, parents, students, teachers and community members filled city hall and staged a sit-in, demanding an immediate moratorium on school closings and charter school expansion. Parent Jeanette Smith discusses why she is willing to be arrested to fight for a quality education for all students, not just those from families who can pay for it.
Vote NO on charter school Initiative 1240 (pass it on!) | Seattle Education: Vote NO on charter school Initiative 1240 (pass it on!) by seattleducation2011 [image: No on 1240 (click on picture)] Friends, neighbors, countrymen/women! I urge you to join me in voting *NO on I-1240*, the charter schools initiative which is on the November 6 ballot, for the reasons outlined below. *Please pass it on!* My recommendation is to vote* No* on this flawed proposal which has been created and funded by a wealthy few, and whose core product is a very problematic concept with an extremely mixed...more »
All Things Education: Dear Reformies: Please stop speaking for my children.: Dear Reformies: Please stop speaking for my children. by Rachel Levy To all of the Chris Arnolds out there: How many kids do you have? How many are in the public schools? How many kids have you taught? I ask because I am a teacher and am a parent with actual children in public schools and I haven't seen any evidence that the policies you endorse are helping students or helping my children. In fact, I see that the policies you support are harmful: harmful to public schools, harmful to quality education, ...more »
To be heard by the IEA leadership gets tougher. I still own the orange sweater. And I’m the new president of Skokie. « Fred Klonsky: To be heard by the IEA leadership gets tougher. I still own the orange sweater. And I’m the new president of Skokie. by Fred Klonsky *Wearing the ugly orange sweater at the 2009 IEA RA. * * * * * When Bob Haisman was IEA President and I was the only delegate to the NEA RA from Illinois who supported the merger of the AFT and the NEA, Haisman was cordial and dismissive. I really posed no challenge to the outcome he wanted. I was for the unity of the tw...more »
CIRCLE: * * *INFOGRAPHIC: YOUTH AND THE 2012 ELECTION* *For Immediate Release:* Friday, November 3, 2012 *Contact*: Brad Luna, 202-812-8140 (cell) firstname.lastname@example.org *(Release continues below, after infographic)* [image: INFOGRAPHIC] *Premiere Youth Research Center Releases Infographic Showing Newly Released Poll Results on Youth and the 2012 Election**National Press Call Scheduled for November 7th to Provide Exclusive Youth Turnout #, Expert Analysis on Young Voters* *Medford/Somerville, Mass* – With just 4 days until the 2012 general election, the Center for Information and Res...more »
United Illuminating (UI): One of biggest donors to Mayor Finch’s effort to undermine democracy in Bridgeport - Wait, What?: United Illuminating (UI): One of biggest donors to Mayor Finch’s effort to undermine democracy in Bridgeport by jonpelto True the $10,000 donation from United Illuminating to Residents for a Better Bridgeport occurred before Hurricane Sandy hit. And true an extra $10,000 wouldn’t allow a substantively different response by UI to this natural disaster. But with 41,794 UI customers still out of power as of 11:00 a.m. today – November 3rd, 2012, – a week after ...more »
New AJC analysis: Fewer poor kids attend charter schools in metro area. Does that matter to you? | Get Schooled: New AJC analysis: Fewer poor kids attend charter schools in metro area. Does that matter to you? by Maureen Downey [image: Charter Schools - Dividing Communities since 1991] A new analysis by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution finds fewer low-income students enrolled in metro area charter schools. Whether these new findings alarm you will depend on whether you believe charters ought to focus on areas with high poverty and lower opportunity or whether they ought to be an o...more »
Seattle Schools Community Forum: Playing One Card Too Many for I-1240: Playing One Card Too Many for I-1240 by Melissa Westbrook [image: No on 1240 (click on picture)] The Times, in its never-ending push for charter schools has one last salvo to throw out there and boy, it's big. Actually it's two. The first one is that this is a civil rights issue. Lynne Varner, who sadly writes about education for the editorial board and yet seems to never do her homework, says it is. She writes, constantly, about Rep. Eric Pettigrew (of the 37th) and how he believes his district has been un...more »
Coalition for Public Education/Coalición por la Educación Pública: RACISM, SUPERSTORM SANDY & DISASTER CAPITALISM *From: Marjorie Stamberg Sent: Thu, Nov 1, 2012 * Red Hook faces racist Katrina-like treatment Having been to housing projects in New Orleans, post-Katrina, where authorities were trying to force residents out by cutting off essential services, what's happening in Red Hook, post Sandy, has an eerie familiarity. Beyond the DOE's nasty harassment, making teachers "prove" and "appeal" why they can't get to school in the middle of a catastrophe where the trains aren't ru...more »
Saturday coffee. « Fred Klonsky: Saturday coffee. by Fred Klonsky PopoutIt is coffee at home on this gloomy autumn morning. And the coffee is good. I reported in the earlier post about the sit-in at Rahm’s fifth floor city-hall office last night. We begin the next big wave in the movement to save Chicago’s public schools from closings, charters and private management. There are some who love calling everything the *Civil Rights Movement* of our time. But since I am old enough to have been through the last Civil Rights Movement (granted, I was a teenager), I think I am qualified to...more »
Jersey Jazzman: Finding New Ways To Say "Schools Are Failing": Finding New Ways To Say "Schools Are Failing" by Duke It's a booming cottage industry: blaming "failing" schools for just about everything: Top educators and advocates met Friday as part of NJ Spotlight’s Roundtable Series to discuss the growing consensus that high schools in New Jersey – if not nationwide – are not adequately preparing all students for college and careers. Even in higher performing suburban schools, business leaders see too many students without the necessary skills. One of the panel members was Jeffr...more »
Missouri Education Watchdog: Just what is wrong with Common Core in Vermont?: Just what is wrong with Common Core in Vermont? by stlgretchen What's wrong in Vermont CCSS is also what's wrong in any of the CCSS states connected to Smarter Balanced Constortia. These are standards/assessments produced by private trade organizations and financially supported by the DOEd. What happens with common core standards in Vermont happens in Missouri since we are states in theSmarter Balanced Consortia. Susan Ohanian writes about the future of Vermont public education. As you read it, just...more »
Is Seniority for Teachers Bad for Students? - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher: Is Seniority for Teachers Bad for Students? by Anthony Cody Yesterday's post challenging the ability of some education reform "liberals" to shed core values such as support for unions, desegregation and the institution of public education apparently hit some sensitive nerves. In particular, Chris Arnold, whom we recently saw praising the "parent trigger" movie "Won't Back Down," took me on via Twitter. You may recall that Mr. Arnold caught some flak for initially failing to disclose his af...more »
Seattle, 259 other districts oppose charter schools - Local - MyNorthwest.com: Seattle, 259 other districts oppose charter schoolsBY JOSH KERNS on November 2, 2012 @ 6:00 am (Updated: 7:30 am - 11/2/12 ) 3 [image: jose_banda.jpg] Seattle Schools Superintendent Jose Banda is one of several hundred education leaders signing a letter released Thursday urging defeat of I-1240. (Seattle School District image) With just days before the election, education leaders, teachers and parents from 260 of the state's 295 school districts are making a last ditch effort to defeat I-1240, the measu...more »
Diane Ravitch's blog: [image: Click on picture to Listen to Diane Ravitch] The North Carolina Vision by dianerav The many thousands of people who read the letter from a teacher in North Carolina explaining why he quit may be surprised to learn that the state board of education adopted a mission statement in early October. The state board asserted in its vision statement the importance of public education in the state. It was written with the help of the Duke economist Helen F. Ladd and her husband Edward B. Fiske, who is a a former education editor at the New York Times. I received ...more »
The most important element of student success?: The most important element of student success? Posted by loebv on November 3, 2012 at 10:00 am - [image: Smaller Text] [image: Larger Text] Text Size - Print - Reprints - Share: - - - More » How should we assess how much students are learning? Veteran educator Joanne Yatvin takes a new look in the following post. Yatvin, past president of the National Council of Teachers of English, now teaches part-time at Portland State University. By Joanne Yatvin Not long ago I wrote a post condemning rigor in education an...more »
Power, Ideology, and the Use of Evidence: In National Politics and School Reform | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice: Power, Ideology, and the Use of Evidence: In National Politics and School Reform by larrycuban On the eve of the nation’s voters going to the polls, a truth about policymakers’ use of evidence arrives in plain sight. Sure, the obscene spending from Super PACs on political ads shows how evidence can be bent into grotesque shapes to support one candidate over another. Fact-checkers have had a bumper season. But political ads are a genre that all of ...more »
Daily Kos: If you want to explore impact of Latino vote: If you want to explore impact of Latino vote by email@example.com (teacherken) on a state by state basis, you might find this map from Latino Decisions somewhat useful. You can click on the state to get details. The data for predicting the top line outcome of the state may be somewhat dated, since the map was last updated on October 28, and things have been moving in the direction of Obama ever since. What is key is the expected percentage of the vote Latino Decisions believes will be Latino - usually at least a few points over...more »
How strong are U.S. teacher unions? | toteachornototeach: How strong are U.S. teacher unions? by aristotlethewise *How Strong Are U.S. Teacher Unions? A State-By-State Comparison* By Amber M. Winkler, Ph.D. , Janie Scull , Dara Zeehandelaar, Ph.D. This timely study represents the most comprehensive analysis of American teacher unions’ strength ever conducted, ranking all fifty states and the District of Columbia according to the power and influence of their state-level unions. To assess union strength, the Fordham Institute and Education Reform Now examined thirty-seven different va...more »
A Day At Chicago's City Hall; Save Our SchoolsSave Our Schools: A Day At Chicago’s City Hall; Save Our Schools by Server Popout Outside City Hall Popout Truth to Power Popout Outside Mayor’s Office Money for schools. Money for books. No more money for corporate crooks! Chicagoans stand for justice and public education. Sit-In. Save Our Schools joins concerned citizens in Chicago while they wait to speak with Mayor Emanuel about community school closings. With September’s teachers’ strike fading in the rear view
The fight continues for Chicago’s schools. Protest on the 5th floor. Then arrests. We’ll be back. « Fred Klonsky: The fight continues for Chicago’s schools. Protest on the 5th floor. Then arrests. We’ll be back. by Fred Klonsky The fight for Chicago’s public schools is now fully under way. Stage one was the victory of the Chicago Teachers Union contract fight. Stage two was getting the elected school board advisory referendum to be voted on next Tuesday in over 300 of the city’s precincts in spite of the mayor’s attempt to keep it off the ballot entirely. It will pass. Stage three i...more »
Schools Matter: Slaying the Two-Headed Dragon of Education Policy: Slaying the Two-Headed Dragon of Education Policy by P. L. Thomas Recently, I posted a chart highlighting that current “No Excuses” Reform (NER) claims and policies are no different than traditional problems and policies in public education. The great ironies of NER include that NER perpetuates the inequities of society and the current education system *and* that NER does not seek a reformed and revolutionary public education system but a dismantling of public schools for private interests (See Ravitch, Flanagan,...more »
Jersey Jazzman: NJDOE Commissioner Cerf's Ethics: Safety Scissors Sharp: NJDOE Commissioner Cerf's Ethics: Safety Scissors Sharp by Duke *Chris Cerf's ethics (artist's conception).* *Cross-posted at Blue Jersey.* NJ Commissioner of Education Chris Cerf was the ACTING Commissioner for 18 months. His nomination was blocked by State Senator Ron Rice under senatorial courtesy; Rice wanted Cerf to testify before his committee about his relationship with Mayor Cory Booker and shady dealings with charter schools in Newark. Since Rice is the senator representing Montclair, Cerf's hometown...more »
*4LAKids - some of the news that doesn't fit:* *4LAKIDS - SOME OF THE NEWS THAT DOESN'T FIT* DAYLIGHT SAVINGS: Don’t turn the clock back too far smf at 4LAKids - some of the news that doesn't fit - 26 minutes ago on time travel: There was a young lady called Bright Who could travel far faster than light She set off one day In a relative way And returned home the previous night PROPOSITION 30 FACT CHECK: Four Questions smf at 4LAKids - some of the news that doesn't fit - 9 hours ago Will higher taxes push businesses to leave California? Will we ever know where the money actual...more »
Education Research Report: *THIS WEEK'S EDUCATION RESEARCH REPORT* * * How Strong Are U.S. Teacher Unions? A State-By-State Comparison Jonathan Kantrowitz at Education Research Report - 17 hours ago This study represents the most comprehensive analysis of American teacher unions’ strength ever conducted, ranking all fifty states and the District of Columbia according to the power and influence of their state-level unions. The study analyzed factors ranging from union membership and revenue to state bargaining laws to campaign contributions. Its metrics included: a unique stakeholder...more »
Jersey Jazzman: Where Are Your Former Presidents?: Where Are Your Former Presidents? by Duke As we here in Jersey sit in the dark, waiting for our aging electrical grid to crackle back to life, let's play a game to pass the time: *Where Are Your Former US Presidents Right Now?* Bill Clinton: The Big Dog is suddenly Barack Obama’s Top Dog – and the candidate is delighted at being upstaged by Bill Clinton. In the closing days of this epic campaign, the former President is dashing across the battleground states, trying to seal the deal for Obama with undecided voters and white, bl...more »
LEGALESE AND THE PROPOSED AMENDMENT « Teachers Fight Back: LEGALESE AND THE PROPOSED AMENDMENT by alkleen Have you read the ENTIRE amendment proposal that is on the ballot in the state of Illinois ? Wow, what a bunch of legalese. Do you understand all of what was written ? Leave it to legislators and lawyers to make something virtually impossible for the average person to understand. The language that describes what is necessary for the amendment to pass is confusing enough and it would make a great topic for a junior high math and or social studies class. To be adopted, the amen...more »
All Education Matters: Student Loans and the Candidates: Obama's Team Responds, Romney Camp Remains Silent: Student Loans and the Candidates: Obama's Team Responds, Romney Camp Remains Silent Several months ago, I reached out to the Obama campaign team and the Romney campaign team to ask them several questions about the student lending crisis and higher education reform. Read to the end to see how the Romney team responded (spoiler alert: it's *terribly *disappointing).When I contacted Clo Ewing, a campaign spokeswoman, for the Obama campaign, she was at the Democratic National Co...more »
What Do Students Think Are The Best Ways To Assess Their Learning? | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…: What Do Students Think Are The Best Ways To Assess Their Learning? by Larry Ferlazzo Today is the last day of our first quarter, and I had my IB Theory of Knowledge students work in groups of three to prepare presentations on this topic: *How do each of the Ways Of Knowing — Perception, Language, Reason, and Emotion — help and hinder our search for knowledge. Give examples of each.* I suspect that the assignment won’t make much sense if you’re not familiar with the course, b...more »
http://www.southbronxschool.com: Is Maverick Education Partnership (CFN 407) Complicit in PS 154's Failing?? by firstname.lastname@example.org (Bronx Teacher) Is it funny, the ironic kind of funny, how Uncle Mike and his henchmen want to publicly out teachers TDR's and shame teachers? Yet, where is the voracious callings to show what those who are running the schools actually do, where they are, and what their assessments are? In the "olden days" schools were part of a district and received support services from these districts. Parents who had issues with their schools, or with the district,...more »
Sit-In; Mayor Rahm Emanuel Rescind School ClosingsSave Our Schools: Sit-In; Mayor Rahm Emanuel Rescind School Closings by Server Sit-In; Mayor Rahm Emanuel Rescind Decision to Close Schools Popout *Video Footage Sent in Real Time. November 2, 2012 5:54:06 PM CT* Mayor Rahm Emanuel Rescind School Closings: http://youtu.be/M-kegILLSmo Sit-In. Save Our Schools joins concerned citizens in Chicago while they wait to speak with Mayor Emanuel about community school closings. With September’s teachers’ strike fading in the rear view mirror the Chicago School Board’s attention now turns to th...more »
Opt Out — Just Say No to the WKCE | AMPS: Opt Out — Just Say No to the WKCE by Thomas J. Mertz The Zombies – “Tell Her No” (click to listen or download) The WKCE and related assessments testing is scheduled for next week in Madison Metropolitan School District schools (full schedule of MMSD assessments, here), but your child doesn’t have to be part of it. You can opt out. Families with students in grades 4,8, & 10 have a state statutory right to opt out of the WKCE; I have been told that it is district practice to allow families to opt out of any and all other, discretionary, test...more »
The Closing Argument? Nah. It's the Romney Threat : blue cheddar: A Romney threat is tucked in “The Closing Argument” by bluecheddar *Before I proceed – in case you missed this: Obama’s doing pretty well in Wisconsin. Obama polled 51 % to Mitt’s 42 % among likely voters in the recent St. Norbert/WPR poll. Margin of error is plus or minus 5 percent.* The speech Mitt Romney delivered in West Allis, Wisconsin today is being called “the closing argument” by his campaign. I forced myself to listen to all 26 minutes of it. The video above is only a few seconds – don’t be shy. Click on it...more »
Smithsonian Latino Virtual Museum • NEW! Calaveras y Carritos Race: Tribute to Mexican...: [image: banner] [image: NEW! Calaveras y Carritos Race: Tribute to Mexican American Contemporary Pop Artist Gilbert ‘Magu’ Lujan 9:30PM, Location: LVM Ballcourt of the Sun of the Smithsonian Latino Virtual Museum in Second Life. #Secondlife #virtualworlds #virtual events #latinoart #dayofdead *Photo courtesy of First District Councilmember Ed P. Reyes of Los Angels, California “Councilmember Reyes and guests recently paid tribute to Gilbert “Magu” Luján, an internationally known Chicano ar...more »