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SPLC survey: Presidential campaign leading to widespread fear, bullying in schools
(April 13, 2016) A survey of approximately 2,000 teachers by the Southern Poverty Law Center indicates that the presidential campaign is having a profoundly negative impact on schoolchildren across the country, according to a report released today.
Posted: Sun Apr 17, 2016 3:00AM
Education Opportunities for Incarcerated Persons - Bridging the Gap (audio/mpeg 20.0MB)
Bruce Reilly joined Janet Hays on WTUL News and Views in studio to discuss the documentary First Degree - an intimate portrait of three Sing Sing inmates who discover the transformative power of higher education. Their stories are emblematic of larger challenges regarding the criminal justice system and prison industrial complex. Bruce is well qualified to speak on the subject. Formerly incarcerated himself, he is now Deputy Director of Voice of the Ex-Offender in New Orleans, LA, a gradua...
Posted: Sat Apr 16, 2016 1:38PM
Governments Disagree Over Global Drug Control: UN's drug meeting in Vienna (audio/mpeg 9.8MB)
Drugreporter’s video advocacy team filmed key speeches and interviewed some of the participants at the UN's drug meeting in Vienna.
Posted: Sat Apr 9, 2016 7:10PM
Fed Up! Chicago Labor Rises Up April 1 To Defend Public Education, Services & Wages
Tens of thousands of teachers, students, service workers and youth rallied, picketed and protested in Chicago against the attacks on education, racism and starvation wages that millions face. Chicago Teachers Union CTU struck and they were joined by other public education unions throughout the city who face massive attacks
Posted: Sat Apr 2, 2016 6:40AM
UC Falsely Equates Anti-Semitism with Anti-Zionism; Moron Trump leads with Cal Repubs
The Regents of the University of California are now falsely equating anti-Semitism with anti-Zionism in a desperate effort to stop the successful Boycott, Divest, Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel. Belgium, the site of a terrorist organization known as NATO, allows former Israeli security agents to run the security at the Brussels airport, the site of recent bombings, adding to suspicion that these bombings, like all previous bombings, were an inside job. California, a bellwether stat...
Posted: Thu Mar 24, 2016 8:21PM
OSU Divest Responds to Efforts by Members of Congress to Intervene in Campus Divestment
Students at Ohio State University respond to efforts by members of Congress to intervene in campus divestment proceedings. #OSUDivest writes, "Although you profess an interest in promoting 'lasting peace in the Middle East,' your letter’s inaccurate and misleading characterizations of the nonviolent Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement suggest quite the opposite. Such a peace can only be achieved when tomorrow’s leaders are free to debate and discuss the merits of proposals...
Posted: Wed Mar 23, 2016 10:16AM
WTUL News & Views Interviews Tom Zolot of The Center for Restorative Approaches (audio/mpeg 32.1MB)
Tom Zolot, program coordinator for the Center for Restorative Approaches, discusses restorative justice and its place in New Orleans, what alternative discipline policies in schools can look like, and how humans can build, strengthen, and restore communities and relationships.
Posted: Wed Mar 16, 2016 9:35AM
Anti-Muslim and Anti-Arab Sentiment Increases Following Paris and San Bernardino Attacks
Our civil liberties are being violated in the name of security again! The effect is to stir hate and fear. Since the attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, we have seen a dramatic and disturbing increase in anti-Muslim and anti-Arab sentiment in the United States. California Scholars for Academic Freedom is particularly concerned that Islamophobia is manifesting itself in ways that threaten the academic freedom and civil liberties of researchers, teachers, and students. These include physical ...
Posted: Thu Feb 4, 2016 4:22PM
CalSTRS, Spiking, Teacher Pensions, Charters, Cover-ups & Whistleblowing With Thompson
California State Teachers Retirement System CalSTRS pension program analyst Scott Thompson talks about spiking of the pension system and how when he began to expose this systemic corruption he was targeted by the top management of the state agency. He was bullied, harassed and fired 6 months after he went to the CalSTRS board to expose the potential criminal scam to rip-off the teacher public pension plan.
Posted: Mon Jan 11, 2016 9:58AM
Iraq risks losing generation due to lack of schools, healthcare
More than 2 million children in Iraq are out of school, up to 3 million more have had their education disrupted by the war, and nearly one in five schools have been damaged, destroyed or used for other purposes, the U.N. children's fund UNICEF says.
Posted: Sun Jan 3, 2016 3:28AM
Wheaton College President Philip Ryken denies targeting professor for wearing a hijab
Despite the denial of Wheaton College president, Philip Ryken, that Hawkins was targeted for administrative leave because she decided to wear a hijab, he claimed that she was placed on leave for stating that Muslims and Christians worship the same God. Many critics, including students and faculty at the college find that very difficult to believe!
Posted: Sat Dec 19, 2015 3:00AM
Kwanzaa, "first fruits of the harvest" is a "California Grown" International Holiday
2015 marks the 50th Season of the Nguzo Saba and a major milestone. Give thanks to shoulders the creator of Kwanzaa, Dr. Maulana Karenga, continues to stand upon. Our elevated scholar and master teacher has indeed and action come a long way from his childhood farm in Maryland. A renewed, scientific methodology toward restoration of agriculture as the foundation of our culture is a growing part of high culture public policy, sharing the good throughout the world.
Posted: Tue Dec 15, 2015 2:56PM
Black Students Demand Racial Equality at Tulane (audio/mpeg 15.9MB)
WTUL News reads Emily Carmichael's article on the Unity demonstrations at Tulane in Nov 2015. Appended is a reading of the Tulane Black Student Union's list of concrete demands to further campus unity and to begin to halt structural racism on Tulane's campus.
Posted: Fri Nov 27, 2015 8:19AM
Why I Was Fired - Uncivil Rites, Steven Salaita
Fired for tweets opposing Israeli brutalities, Dr. Steve Salaiti starts a book tour in Chicago Monday, Oct. 12 with "UNCIVIL RITES: Palestine and the Limits of Academic freedom". Other tour dates and locations appear in the event linked below, along with an excerpt from the book which has been paywalled elsewhere.
Posted: Wed Oct 7, 2015 9:36AM
UC Intolerance Principles A Step in the Right Direction
Jewish Voice for Peace commends the University of California for discussing anti-Semitism in the context of racism, Islamophobia, and other forms of bigotry
Posted: Fri Sep 25, 2015 1:26AM
Anonymous reports impunity in Honduras
Los Indigatos have been marching through the major cities of Honduras demanding an end to impunity and corruption. First hand accounts of the reality via Anonymous in Sydney are compiled in a monthly report. Coverage by the North American press has been meager - here's what you've been missing.
Posted: Mon Aug 24, 2015 7:32PM
CFPB Fines Predatory Student Lending Practices; Religious Organizations Pray for Relief
Synagogues and churches held prayer services for students as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau fined Discover Bank $18.5 million for illegal student lending practices. The bank must repay students $16 million, pay a $2.5 million civil penalty and reform its lending practices. The Bureau accused Discover of overstating the minimum amount due in billing statements, misrepresenting students' total interest payments and engaging in illegal debt collection practices. The penalty is the firs...
Posted: Mon Jul 27, 2015 9:28AM
2015 October California Maafa Awareness Month ~ Sesquicentennial Celebration of Freedom
The term “Maafa” begins to bring into focus the timeline from 1535 – 1865; from the first documented human cargo of enslaved human beings in California the ratificication of the 13th Amendement to the U.S. Constitution. Since 1865, the journey towards a greater measure of freedom remains an ongoing challenge with many difficult obstacles and exciting new opportunities.
Posted: Thu Jul 16, 2015 8:50AM
NEA Opposes California's Phillips 66 Oil-train Project Over Risks to Students
WASHINGTON— Out of concern for the safety and wellbeing of students and teachers, the National Education Association today opposed the proposed Phillips 66 oil-train offloading facility in San Luis Obispo County. If approved the project would bring millions of gallons of hazardous crude oil nearly every day through highly populated areas near hundreds of schools.
Posted: Wed Jul 15, 2015 3:23PM
“Unmask Your Hometown Heroes!” with herbalist, Christiane, from Rosalie Apothecary (audio/mpeg 10.5MB)
Latter Teens Advisory and WTUL News & Views present “Unmask Your Hometown Heroes!” with herbalist, Christiane, from Rosalie Apothecary
Posted: Mon Jul 13, 2015 5:56AM