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Politics / GOP Does NOT Want AOC Helping Kentucky Miners
« on: April 19, 2019, 10:26:51 PM »

General Discussion Forum / Illinois Bans Right to Work
« on: April 19, 2019, 01:25:09 AM »
Illinois Bans Right to Work
The Democratic Governor signed the ban after it was vetoed by his Republican predecessor

by Brian Young on
Apr 17, 2019

In a complete 180, the new Governor of Illinois J.B. Pritzker has signed a bill into law that would make local Right to Work laws illegal in the state. The new law, which takes effect immediately, was passed with overwhelming support from the State Senate and the State Assembly. It had been previously blocked by the Republican Governor Bruce Rauner.

The change comes after four years of anti-union policies coming out of the Governor’s mansion. Rauner was not only a major proponent of local Right to Work, but he was also a catalyst for encouraging Mark Janus to sue his union, AFSCME so that he would not have to pay fair share fees.


Georgia board votes to increase college tuition and some fees this fall

AJC Continuing Coverage: Higher Education
By Eric Stirgus

SAVANNAH - The Georgia Board of Regents voted Tuesday to raise tuition for the University System of Georgia’s 26 schools this fall, which state officials say is necessary to fund ongoing academic programs and to manage rising costs in areas such as health care and technology.

Tuition will rise by 2.5% this fall, which ranges between $35 and $125 per semester for full-time students. Fees will increase from $4 to $50 per semester for students at 11 schools. Graduate school tuition will rise by 1% to 2%, officials said. Housing costs will also increase by 3% in some dorms while some rates will stay the same.




Russell Wilson’s contract standoff with the Seahawks could change NFL rosters forever

By: Steven Ruiz | April 15, 2019 11:38 am
We’re almost 100 years into the NFL being a thing and we still can’t come to an agreement on the proper way to build a roster. However, there is one tenet every general manager in the league can agree on: Finding a franchise quarterback is paramount — and when you find one, you hold onto him for dear life.

The Seahawks’ belief in that concept is being tested. Russell Wilson, who is entering the final year of a contract he signed in 2015, has given the team a deadline to get a new deal done and that day has come. And, according to NBC Sports Peter King, this isn’t a deadline for just the 2019 season:





The Impact Of Gentrification On Gullah-Geechee Culture In South Carolina
Here's how gentrification in the Southern Corridor threatens the preservation of Gullah-Geechee culture

Ricky Riley

Gentrification is a dirty word tied to the increasing number of young, white adults moving into urban areas. They often push out older Black residents due to higher rent. However, gentrification isn't limited to cities — it’s also rampant in the Gullah-Geechee Corridor, the coastal region of the Carolinas, Georgia and Florida.

One of the lasting remnants of the Atlantic slave trade is the Gullah Geechee. They are the descendants of formerly enslaved West Africans who made barrier islands their home following their emancipation in 1865. As a result, South Carolina Lowcountry developed into a distinct strip of coastal land with its own cultural identity separate from the interior of the state.


Politics / Betsy DeVos Schooled On Her Own Authority
« on: April 14, 2019, 12:24:17 PM »

Politics / White Evangelicals, This is Why People Are Through With You
« on: April 13, 2019, 12:23:15 PM »
As expected some are not happy with this column.



White Evangelicals, This is Why People Are Through With You

January 24, 2018 / John Pavlovitz

Dear White Evangelicals,

I need to tell you something: People have had it with you.

They’re done.

They want nothing to do with you any longer, and here’s why:

They see your hypocrisy, your inconsistency, your incredibly selective mercy, and your thinly veiled supremacy.
For eight years they watched you relentlessly demonize a black President; a man faithfully married for 26 years; a doting father and husband without a hint of moral scandal or the slightest whiff of infidelity.
They watched you deny his personal faith convictions, argue his birthplace, and assail his character—all without cause or evidence. They saw you brandish Scriptures to malign him and use the laziest of racial stereotypes in criticizing him.


Georgetown University reparations fund would raise over $350,000 for descendants of slaves
The fund would be one of the first of its kind at a prominent U.S. institution.

Elham Khatami

Apr 12, 2019, 12:32 pm

Students at Georgetown University voted overwhelmingly Thursday in favor of creating a reparations fund for the descendants of the 272 enslaved Africans sold by the school in 1838 to pay off its debts. The fund would be one of the first of its kind at a prominent U.S. institution.

The non-binding referendum was passed with two-thirds of the vote and now awaits action by the university’s board of directors, which hasn’t indicated whether it will support the measure. In response to a request for comment, Georgetown administrators directed ThinkProgress to a statement released by Vice President for Student Affairs Todd A. Olson on Thursday, in which he said, “The University has made a commitment to further our efforts in dialogue and partnership with the Descendant community.”


TWISTED SOURCES: How Confederate propaganda ended up in the South's schoolbooks
By Greg Huffman   April 10, 2019

Where does it come from, the ignorance that has been on display of late? In the college-age photos of white men, now elected officials, in blackface? In the simulated Klan lynchings for yearbook laughs? In mischaracterizations of black slaves as "indentured servants?" In the denials that slavery was the central cause of the Civil War?

One answer is: from the 69,706,756.

That's how many students were enrolled in the South's public elementary and secondary schools between 1889, when the government began counting students, and 1969, the height of the segregationist Jim Crow era, according to the U.S. Department of Education statistics. There they were subjected to the alternative reality of the Lost Cause, a false version of U.S. history developed in response to Reconstruction that minimizes slavery's central role in the Civil War, promotes the Confederacy's aim as a heroic one, glorifies the Ku Klux Klan, and portrays the white South as the victim.


The retirement crisis is bad for everyone — especially these people

Published: Apr 12, 2019 4:25 p.m. ET

Low-income workers are worse off, but the system even fails high earners, one study found

The country is facing a retirement crisis, but some Americans are worse off than others.

Workers in the top 20% of earnings distributions have half of all retirement wealth in both 1992 and 2010, compared with the bottom group, which saw its share fall from 3% to 1% between those years, a recent analysis at The New School’s Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis (SCEPA) found. The share of workers in the bottom fifth of the earnings distribution with no retirement savings jumped from 45% to 51% in those 18 years.

The study looked at employees between 51 and 61 years old in 1992 and 51 to 56 years old in 2010 and divided their earnings based on lifetime labor market earnings, taking into consideration individual retirement accounts and employer-sponsored plans (like 401(k) plans). Survey findings were also matched with tax records and plan summary descriptions.


March 27, 1867: Staged Ride-ins in South Carolina Streetcars
Time Periods: Reconstruction Period: 1865 - 1876
Themes: African American, Reconstruction, Democracy & Citizenship, Laws & Citizen Rights

Ask your students: “When was one of the first (recorded that is) organized protests of segregation on a bus or streetcar?”
They may be surprised to learn that on March 27, 1867 (during Reconstruction), after the end of the Freedmen’s meeting in Charleston, South Carolina, a group of African-Americans decided to test their right to ride on the Charleston Street Cars.


General Discussion Forum / March 30, 1870: Fifteenth Amendment
« on: April 12, 2019, 04:09:50 PM »
March 30, 1870: Fifteenth Amendment
Time Periods: Reconstruction Period: 1865 - 1876
Themes: African American, Reconstruction, Democracy & Citizenship, Laws & Citizen Rights

On March 30, 1870, the Fifteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution was formally adopted.

The following day, Thomas Mundy Peterson became the first African-American to participate in an election in a state where African Americans had not been allowed to vote before the 15th Amendment. He participated in a local election in Perth Amboy, New Jersey. He later held political office and sat on a jury.


27 possible graves found near notorious Florida reform school

By Carol Marbin Miller, Miami Herald

MIAMI — Workers who were preparing for a massive cleanup of a fuel storage site near one of the nation’s most notorious reform schools have discovered something far worse than ground pollution: evidence of 27 possible “clandestine” graves.

A company hired to evaluate underground storage tanks adjacent to the Dozier School for Boys in Marianna performed a series of ground-penetrating radar tests on a parcel a little less than 500 feet from what is called the Boot Hill Cemetery at Dozier, an infamous youth prison linked to more than a century of chilling abuse.

A report on the study said there are 27 “anomalies” on the parcel consistent with human burials. If the 27 anomalies are, in fact, human remains, the total number of known burials on the campus would rise to at least 82 — though University of South Florida researchers who have studied the campus extensively believe there may have been 100 or more deaths at Dozier since its opening in 1900.




Beto O'Rourke's past support for charter schools scrutinized in 2020 White House bid

By Tim Reid

EL PASO, Texas (Reuters) - Democrat Beto O'Rourke has called for investment in a “world-class public school system" and says teachers make up the single biggest professional group contributing to his 2020 presidential campaign.

But several teacher groups say the former Texas congressman's support for charter schools in recent years is complicating his efforts to secure their backing in his White House bid.

Charter schools, most of which are publicly funded but often privately run, are a complicated issue for Democrats. Former Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama supported them, viewing them as giving school choice to lower-income families.


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