Political Centrism Is a Hoax

By: Saturday November 3, 2012 2:11 pm

(Published earlier this year in The Huffington Post; updated and re-posted for election weekend.) The debate over who will make a better president, Barack Obama or Mitt Romney, is empty, boring and almost entirely pro forma. It’s not just the media’s obsession with the frivolous details of political theater that’s to blame. It’s also the [...]

Protest Song of the Day: ‘Chicago Teacher’

By: Wednesday September 19, 2012 9:43 am

To recognize the power of protest music, acknowledge its role in keeping dissent alive and how musicians are translating today’s social issues and systemic problems into song, The Dissenter has decided to launch a daily feature that highlights a protest song every day. The Chicago Teachers Union concluded their strike against the corporate education policies being advanced [...]

At Rally, Chicago Teachers Union President Invites City Hall to Turn Off Air-Conditioning

By: Saturday September 15, 2012 11:23 pm

In Union Park in Chicago thousands of educators and supporters of the Chicago Teachers Union gathered for a solidarity rally. People from out-of-state, like Minnesota and Wisconsin, were there to show support. After a two-hour rally, everyone marched to Garfield Park. There were students, parents and representatives from teachers unions, including the Illinois Federation of [...]

Myths vs. Facts in the Chicago Teachers Union Strike

By: Friday September 14, 2012 1:00 pm

Politicians, journalists, liberal pundits and so-called education reform advocates are employing spin and misinformation to condemn and criticize the Chicago Teachers Union strike. It’s important to note that Chicago is being used as the latest laboratory for anti-union privatization measures that some big business Democrats and Republicans hope to implement across the country. Firedoglake has [...]

Chicago Teachers, on Fourth Day of Strike, Protest Corporate Welfare (VIDEO)

By: Friday September 14, 2012 11:42 am

Thousands of Chicago teachers, on the fourth day of a strike, picketed the Hyatt hotel in downtown. The action was called to protest Chicago Public Schools board member Penny Pritzker, who owns Hyatt Hotels Corporation, and benefited from millions of dollars of taxpayer money as budget cuts for schools were proposed. As Curtis Black of [...]

Chicago Teacher on Why He’s Striking Against Rahm Emanuel’s Pro-Business Education Agenda

By: Monday September 10, 2012 9:08 pm

As Firedoglake has been covering all day, twenty-six thousand educators went on strike in Chicago. The strike by the Chicago Teachers Union is the first strike in twenty-five years. It is happening in a city governed by a Democratic mayor, former chief of staff Rahm Emanuel. Therefore, it has different dynamics than the fight that [...]

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