Barnard-Columbia International Socialist Organization

March 19, 2010

New at SocialistWorker.org: Health Care, Proms, MLK and slum organizing…

Filed under: Articles — Barnard-Columbia ISO @ 11:41 am

Here’s what’s new at SocialistWorker.org…
http://socialistworker.org
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Comment: Helen Redmond
WORSE THAN NOTHING AT ALL
The Democrats are in a mad rush to pass health care legislation that is a disaster in the making for working people and a massive giveaway to the industry.
http://socialistworker.org/2010/03/19/worse-than-nothing

Comment: Gary Lapon
WHY CAN’T CONSTANCE BRING HER DATE?
When Constance McMillen asked to take her girlfriend to the prom, school officials in a Mississippi county responded by canceling the event altogether.
http://socialistworker.org/2010/03/18/cant-constance-bring-her-date

Comment: David Russitano
THE OTHER SHOE DROPS ON S.F. KIDS
The federal government’s plans for “reform” in San Francisco’s public schools scapegoat poor and minority children.
http://socialistworker.org/2010/03/19/other-shoe-drops-on-kids

Analysis: Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
THE HOUSING STRUGGLE THEN AND NOW
African Americans suffering from foreclosures on homes and rentals can draw on the lessons of Martin Luther King’s fight against slums in Chicago.
http://socialistworker.org/2010/03/19/housing-struggle-then-and-now

Analysis: Nora Barrows-Friedman
MAKING CHILDREN A TARGET
In East Jerusalem, Israeli security forces are cracking down on anti-settlement protesters, and Palestinian children in particular.
http://socialistworker.org/2010/03/18/making-children-a-target

Comment: James Illingworth
WHAT WE LEARNED ON MARCH 4
An activist at UC Santa Cruz describes how the movement organized for a successful student strike during the March 4 Day of Action.
http://socialistworker.org/2010/03/18/what-we-learned-march-4
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Past SocialistWorker.org coverage of health care reform

Interview: Dr. Andy Coates
SELLING OUT HEALTH CARE REFORM
Behind the grandstanding about getting the best health care plan possible is the terrible truth–any serious measure to fix the system has been compromised away.
http://socialistworker.org/2009/12/09/selling-out-health-care-reform

Column: Lance Selfa
HOW THE DEMOCRATS BLEW IT
Last year, the Democrats were celebrating the biggest governing majority in a generation. This year, they’re worried about getting crushed in the next election.
http://socialistworker.org/2010/01/29/how-democrats-blew-it

Comment: Alan Maass
FROM “YES WE CAN” TO “NO WE WON’T”
For people who put their hopes in Obama last year, every month and week–sometimes every day–brings greater disillusionment and anger.
http://socialistworker.org/2009/12/18/yes-we-can-to-no-we-wont

Comment: Elizabeth Schulte
INFECTED BY GREED AND WASTE
The money and resources are there to provide a health care system that guarantees coverage to every American–but Congress’ reform measures won’t. December 3, 2009
http://socialistworker.org/2009/11/11/deform-of-reform

Analysis: Alan Maass and Helen Redmond
THE DEFORM OF REFORM
The House “reform” bill is a disaster for anyone who hoped a Democratic president and Congress would fix the screwed-up health care system.
http://socialistworker.org/2009/12/03/infected-by-greed-and-waste
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March 9, 2010

New articles up at Socialist Worker: Attacks on teachers, March 4th Day of Action for Public Education and more

Filed under: Articles — Barnard-Columbia ISO @ 2:11 am

Here’s what’s new at SocialistWorker.org…
http://socialistworker.org
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Analysis: Brian Chidester
GETTING THE AX AT CENTRAL FALLS
Rhode Island is out crush a teachers’ union and scapegoat its members for the problems of a poorly funded urban high school.
http://socialistworker.org/2010/03/08/axed-at-central-falls

Comment: Dennis Kosuth
OVERWORKED AND UNDERSTAFFED
Nurses with too many patients to cover are a guarantee that accidents will happen. The solution is to require hospitals to meet safe nurse-to-patient ratios.
http://socialistworker.org/2010/03/08/overworked-and-understaffed

Comment: David Rovics
THOUGHTS ON THE BLACK BLOC
Whatever tactics you’re using to organize resistance groups, the tactics need to be ones that don’t completely alienate the general public.
http://socialistworker.org/2010/03/08/thoughts-on-the-black-bloc
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Check out our special coverage of March 4 day of action…

A DAY OF ACTION JOURNAL
Throughout the day, SocialistWorker.org readers provided reports and photos from the rallies, strikes and actions in California and around the country to defend public education.
http://socialistworker.org/2010/03/05/day-of-action-journal

(March 4th protest photo by Mike Kepka)

March 4th protests, picture from Robert Stuart Lowden

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Don’t miss these articles from last week’s SocialistWorker.org

Editorials
BUILDING BLOCKS OF A NEW MOVEMENT
The protests against California’s budget cuts planned for March 4 are an important milestone. The next question is how to build on that resistance.
http://socialistworker.org/2010/03/04/building-blocks-new-movement

Roundtable
ANSWERING THE ATTACK ON TEACHERS
With Barack Obama praising efforts to bust a Rhode Island teachers’ union, rank-and-file teacher activists are fighting to defend public education.
http://socialistworker.org/2010/03/03/answering-attacks-on-teachers

Column: Lance Selfa
A TEA PARTY TIDAL WAVE?
In contrast to the sense of hope about Obama a year ago, political momentum is with conservatives today. But does this mean that America is turning right?
http://socialistworker.org/2010/03/02/tea-party-tidal-wave

Analysis: Petrino DiLeo
THE BANKSTERS BET ON BANKRUPTCY
Greece stands on the edge of financial collapse–and questions are emerging about how large banks made the crisis worse, and then profited off it.
http://socialistworker.org/2010/03/03/banksters-bet-on-bankruptcy

Analysis: Elizabeth Schulte
PREGNANT AND UNDER SUSPICION
If Utah legislators get their way, pregnant women could be arrested for having a miscarriage–or anything perceived as a threat to the fetus.
http://socialistworker.org/2010/03/02/pregnant-and-under-suspicion

Analysis: Gary Lapon
WHY WE’RE FIGHTING FOR ENDA
With unemployment a devastating reality for millions, federal protection from job discrimination for LGBT people is more important than ever.
http://socialistworker.org/2010/03/04/fighting-for-enda
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March 3, 2010

Thurs 3/4: NYC Rally and March to Defend Public Education

Filed under: ISO Events, Solidarity — Barnard-Columbia ISO @ 1:45 am

National Day of Action to Defend Education!

Thursday, March 4th

Endless Budget Cuts and Tuition Hikes. 19 NYC public schools closing. Free student Metrocards being phased out alongside train lines and booth employees. Segregation in schools. NYPD jailing 12-year olds. Massive student debt. Less financial aid. Teachers’ Unions under attack… Education is in CRISIS.

TIME TO SAY ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! SAVE OUR SCHOOLS!

NYC-wide day of action:

Rally at 4 pm at Gov. Paterson’s office (633 Third Ave. @ 41st St.),

Then March to MTA Hearings at Fashion Institute of Technology (7th Ave. @ 27th St.)

Socialist Worker coverage:

SocialistWorker.org is planning to blog live throughout the day with reports from the protests taking place in California and around the country during the March 4 Day of Action. You can go to the SocialistWorker.org home page (http://SocialistWorker.org) to follow our coverage.

We’re also hoping to broadcast a live video stream of the regional rally in San Francisco, beginning at 5 p.m. (PST, 8 p.m. EST and 7 p.m. CST). (Please note that we’ve never done this before, and technical difficulties are certainly possible. Wish us luck!)

Articles from socialistworker.org:

Why We’re Protesting, Part I

Why We’re Protesting, Part II

Why won’t they tax Wall Street?
A Revolt Against NYC School Closures
States of Emergency

Village Voice:
NYPD arresting grade schoolers
Segregated Upper East Side school

NYC March 4th website: http://march4ny.wordpress.com/
Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/groups.php#/group.php?gid=244000051960

Email: March4NY@gmail.com
National website: www.defendeducation.org

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