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textCalifornia Apartment Association’s campaign contributions’ corrupting influence by Lynda Carson
Some say, that one way to fight back against the California Apartment Association (CAA) and the corrupting influence of the rental housing industry would be for renters throughout California to appear at the CAA’s Legislative Conference in Sacramento on May 29, between 9:00AM & 4:00PM, to protest against their activities. The CAA’s Legislative Conference in Sacramento is being held at the Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel, in the Grand Nave Ballroom!...
Posted: Sun Mar 10, 2019 8:42PM
textSB 529, a bill to protect renters during rent strikes by Lynda Carson
Just try to imagine how life may be for the renters of Oakland being oppressed by bad landlords and slumlords if they formed "tenant associations" in an effort to conduct “rent strikes" without fear of eviction!...
Posted: Thu Mar 7, 2019 7:01PM
textOakland students oppose sellout of teachers strike, plan to continue fight by Genevieve Leigh and Kayla Costa (WSWS Repost)
To defend public education, Oakland students are organizing to fight back against the union sellout of the recent teacher strike....
Posted: Wed Mar 6, 2019 10:43PM
textOakland, California school board passes devastating budget cut following union sellout by Evan Blake and Gabriel Black (WSWS Repost)
The entire experience of the strike demonstrates that the greatest obstacle to the unity of all teachers, parents and students are the unions themselves, which do not “represent” teachers but are the tools of the corporate and political establishment and its relentless drive to cash in from the destruction of public education....
Posted: Tue Mar 5, 2019 5:11AM
textUnion pushes contract in effort to shutdown Oakland teachers’ strike by Joseph Santolan (WSWS excerpt and link))
Vote “no” on sell-out agreement!...
Posted: Fri Mar 1, 2019 11:28PM
textOakland teachers continue strike as Kentucky teachers launch statewide sickout by Joseph Santolan (WSWS Repost)
The issues which teachers confront across the United States are shared ones. Hundreds of teachers, parents and students on Wednesday afternoon shut down an Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) board meeting! Teachers from San Francisco and Berkeley are initiating a wildcat sickout in support of Oakland teachers! Two of the largest school districts in Kentucky will close as a result of over 40 percent of their teachers reporting sick! Teachers in Oakland have formed a rank-and-file strik...
Posted: Thu Feb 28, 2019 12:27AM
textOakland teachers form rank-and-file strike committee by Ben McGrath (WSWS Repost)
To carry their struggle forward, Oakland teachers have announced the formation of a rank-and-file strike committee, independent of the pro-corporate unions and in opposition to all budget cuts, teacher layoffs, and school closures....
Posted: Wed Feb 27, 2019 12:59AM
textFremont, California teachers stage sick-out by Jonathan Burleigh (WSWS Repost)
On Tuesday, February 19, teachers in Fremont, California, who have been working without a contract for the entire 2018-2019 academic year, staged a sick-out. The sick-out has been blacked out in the local media....
Posted: Wed Feb 27, 2019 12:53AM
textUnions, Democrats rush to end strike by Joseph Santolan (WSWS Repost)
The OEA and CTA are preparing to sell out the Oakland teachers strike. To prevent this betrayal, teachers must form rank-and-file strike committees to take the conduct of the strike and negotiations out of the hands of the unions....
Posted: Mon Feb 25, 2019 11:35PM
textGrowing calls for nation-wide struggle by Joseph Santolan (WSWS Repost)
The attack on public education is part of the broader onslaught against the rights and living standards of the working class across the United States and around the world. It is this global attack that produced the series of teachers strikes across the United States. The only way in which the striking teachers can carry out their fight to defend public education is by forming rank-and-file committees independent of the union and building for a nationwide strike....
Posted: Sun Feb 24, 2019 11:44PM
textWhy is there no strike pay for Oakland teachers? by Jonathan Burleigh (WSWS Repost)
Historically, the provision of strike pay was one of the elemental tasks of unions. The Oakland Education Association, however, is not providing a penny in strike benefits to the embattled teachers even though union dues are regularly deducted from their paychecks....
Posted: Sun Feb 24, 2019 11:34PM
textSupport Oakland Teachers! For a General Strike to Defend Education! by WSWS Teacher Newsletter (Repost)
The miserable state of public education in California, which is 43rd in the nation in per pupil spending, underscores the need for struggle against capitalism and the horrific levels of social inequality it creates....
Posted: Fri Feb 22, 2019 1:24AM
textPowerful Support for Oakland Teachers’ Strike by Jonathan Burleigh (WSWS Repost)
The strike is the latest in a wave of walkouts by teachers, which began exactly a year ago in West Virginia. In every case, teachers are fighting over the same issues and facing the same enemies: decades of defunding, falling living standards, punitive evaluation schemes to scapegoat teachers, and a bipartisan drive to close public schools and expand for-profit charter schools....
Posted: Fri Feb 22, 2019 1:17AM
textUrban Shield may end on February 26 .... with your help! by Oakland Privacy
Since 2013, the Bay Area has been trying to transform Urban Shield from a highly militarized SWAT competition and weapons expo into a community-focused safety and resilence exercise. And now we are almost there....
Posted: Tue Feb 12, 2019 2:47PM
textUCPD's malice towards People's Park protesters by Observer
UC Berkeley displayed malice and cruelty to the People's Park protesters, whose personal belongings were seized during a police raid on the Park back on January 15th. [This article is not written by a member of the People's Park protest, but by an outside observer.]...
Posted: Sun Feb 3, 2019 11:40AM
textHawaiian Slack Key Guitarist Makana/NuclearWakeUpCall.Earth by Lydia Sherwood
Described as “dazzling” by the New York Times, Makana is an internationally acclaimed guitarist, singer, composer and activist who is widely known for lending his musical talent for social change. Recently he toured Russia and recorded "Mourning Armageddon" in a newly decommissioned nuclear bunker in Moscow. He is performing at Yoshi's on February 21....
Posted: Fri Jan 25, 2019 10:44AM
textKPFA GM McCoy & KPFA IPM Cartwright Put Bensky Back On The Air by repost
Corporate managers Quincy McCoy & Kevin Cartwright at KPFA put Larry Bensky back on the air...
Posted: Sun Jan 20, 2019 10:23AM
textSection 8 landlords may not evict Section 8 tenants if PHA fails to pay landlord by Lynda Carson
Section 8 Landlords May Not Evict Section 8 Tenants (Housing Choice Voucher Program Tenants) If A Public Housing Authority Fails To Make The Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) To Landlord!...
Posted: Thu Jan 17, 2019 5:15PM
textStopping Urban Shield Is One Step Closer by JP Massar
"A set of recommendations to be presented to the Supervisors that would radically transform Urban Shield from a militarized SWAT Team and weapons extravaganza into a true emergency preparedness conclave and suite of field exercises relevant to the Bay Area."...
Posted: Wed Jan 16, 2019 2:45PM
textSocial Security retirees are being excluded from affordable housing projects by Lynda Carson
According to the Social Security Administration, the average social security income for retirees during 2018 was $1,422 per month or $17,064 annually. The average social security income for retirees is currently only $1,461 per month for 2019, or $17,532 annually. Unfortunately, for many social security retirees, their income is not high enough to move into many so-called affordable housing projects in the Bay Area!...
Posted: Fri Jan 4, 2019 6:47AM