Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Let's not lose sight of most dangerous racism

EYES ON THE PRIZE... A great point was made by Rev. Jesse Jackson re. Sterling/Bundy racism. Let's not lose sight of where the real problem lies. The Supreme Court and Congress are making changes in the law that will deprive millions of opportunity and equal justice. We should keep our eyes on the prize, and hold on.
The gang of five conservative justices on the Supreme Court has disemboweled the Voting Rights Act, making prior review more difficult. This comes as right-wing governors and legislators are passing harsh laws designed clearly to make voting harder ­— limiting when the polls are open, demanding official ID, purging voter files, abandoning same day registration, outlawing voting on Sunday, when black churches could organize parishioners to take their “souls to the polls.”
CICS teachers get organized.
GOOD NEWS...Another privately-operated Chicago charter school chain has moved closer to unionizing, putting it in line to becoming the 29th charter school in the city to join the Chicago Alliance of Charter Teachers and Staff. Employees at a fourth Chicago International Charter School (CICS) campus have moved closer to forming a union. Most teachers and staff at ChicagoQuest, a CICS middle and high school that opened in 2011, voted in favor of union representation during an informal election held in December.
The non-profit CICS holds the charter to operate Chicago Quest and 14 other schools in the city, but contracts out the management responsibility to five providers. One of the providers is Civitas Schools, a for-profit, limited liability corporation set up by CICS that manages operations at the three CICS schools that unionized in 2009. -- Catalyst
OUTLAWS...  Pakistani authorities said Wednesday they have jailed and intend to charge Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s former city comptroller Amer Ahmad after taking him into custody Monday with a fake Mexican passport, a forged visa to enter their country and a large amount of cash. --- PE&O

Then there's Former Illinois State Rep. Keith Farnham who was one of the Dems who voted for the great pension theft. Turns out that was his upside. At least while he was voting to steal retirees' money, he wasn't out raping little girls. Farnham was charged Monday with using both personal and state-owned computers to trade hundreds of images and videos depicting child pornography and engage in graphic online chats in which he allegedly bragged about sexually molesting a 6-year-old girl.

BURNING BRIDGES? I sure hope not. But be sure and follow the running dialogue between  me and my friend Deb Meier at Bridging Differences. It's her turn next.

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