Monday, June 13, 2016


Hundreds of CPS students walked-out of class and rallied at the Thompson Center demanding fair and adequate school funding. They targeted both Gov. Rauner and Mayor Emanuel. 
Sarah Jester, Payton College Prep student
"We live in a state where our governor calls our schools 'crumbling prisons,' but refuses to actively improve public education. We live in a city where our corrupt mayor appoints only his good friends to our Board of Education, although boards are usually elected in many other districts." -- Hundreds Of CPS Students Protest Against Rauner, Rahm On Education
Dave Zirin
To hear about the remorseless killing of predominantly Latino LGBT people during Pride month is shattering enough. To then see Donald Trump and a collection of the worst anti-gay bigots be boastful, almost gleeful, about it because the shooter was Muslim is all the worse. -- The Nation
Greg Hinz
The bottom line truly is a tale of two cities inside one.... Chicago's white population now appears to be growing while African-Americans are fleeing town. -- Crain's
Ken Burns at Stanford
Filmmaker Ken Burns 
"As a student of history, I recognize this type. He emerges everywhere and in all eras. We see nurtured in his campaign an incipient proto-fascism, a nativist anti-immigrant Know Nothing-ism, a disrespect for the judiciary, the prospect of women losing authority over their own bodies, African Americans again asked to go to the back of the line, voter suppression gleefully promoted, jingoistic saber rattling, a total lack of historical awareness, a political paranoia that, predictably, points fingers, always making the other wrong." -- At Stanford commencement
 Gary Younge
Some will say it is about Islam. Mateen was Muslim. But mass shootings are not unique to Islam or alien to America. There were 330 last year alone. -- The Guardian
H. "Rap" Brown
 “Violence is as American as cherry pie.” -- July 27, 1967 SNCC Press Conference 


  1. Ken Burns is wrong. He waves the flag and makes Trump a bogeyman. Cruz, Rubio, Ryan, McConnell, Rauner, Scott, Rahm Emanuel (D), Dannel Malloy (D) and many other elected officials are in complete agreement with Trump's issues and platform. Burns is simply playing the part of a patriot who believes that America would be fine with a little tweak or two - or even a vote for Hillary or the Wall St. billionaire who will step in to take Trump's place prior to the election.
    What is the real issue? Corporatism.
    "Our corporate masters know what is coming. They know that as the ecosystem breaks down, as financial dislocations create new global financial meltdowns, as natural resources are poisoned or exhausted, despair will give way to panic and rage."
    "Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, of course, will do nothing to halt the corporate assault. There will be no reform. Totalitarian systems are not rational. There will only be harsher forms of repression and more pervasive systems of indoctrination and propaganda. The voices of dissenters, now marginalized, will be silenced.
    It is time to step outside of the establishment. This means organizing groups, including political parties, that are independent of the corporate political machines that control the Republicans and Democrats."
    Chris Hedges, who knows that Trump is a mere bogeyman, puts it all together as he looks at historical patterns.

  2. Wow! That's quite a diatribe Ken. Sorry you don't like Ken Burns. I think he's great. Best documentarian ever. Great Stanford speech. Trump no "bogeyman". A genuine fascist demagogue.


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