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Education

The youth are showing us the way

from the Editors |  Issue: April | May 2018

  TRAVESTY OF YET ANOTHER MASS SHOOTING The travesty of yet another mass shooting, this time at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, has riveted the attention of the nation, not just by the extent of the carnage – 17 lives lost – but also by the unexpected and unstoppable response of that […]

Toward the Chicago Poor People’s Conference in 2018

From the editors |  Issue: February | March 2018

Basing ourselves in the long history for justice and on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948, we announce our plan to build citywide organizations in Chicago around the following five-point basic agenda. These five points are not meant to fully represent all our areas of concern, but they serve as a unifying beginning […]

La Promesa de Libertad Liberty’s Promise

Juan-Carlos Pérez – Interdisciplinary Visual Artist |  Issue: February | March 2018

  CHICAGO – For the past 15 years, I’ve been working with disenfranchised communities that lacked the resources to bring the arts into their school environment. When I come in to work with schools, no project is ever the same. For example, with “La Promesa de Libertad/Liberty’s Promise”, the majority of the student population happened […]

Lisbeth Mateo: A Dreamer is sworn in as an attorney

Maríaelena Martínez |  Issue: September | October 2017

  Lisbeth Mateo a dreamer was recently sworn in as an attorney buy California State Senate President, Kevin de Leon. Lisbeth is one of a handful of undocumented attorneys. As a young student at Santa Monica College in 2002 she remembers walking around campus thinking she must be the only one without papers. The CA […]

When will a humane decision be made?

Gloria M. Sandoval |  Issue: September | October 2017

Immigrants are not footballs!     On July 20, two U.S. senators, a Republican and a Democrat, introduced the DREAM Act of 2017 which would create a pathway to citizenship for thousands of immigrants brought to the United States as young children. There have been many bipartisan attempts at passing the DREAM Act. Not to […]

The root of the problem

Tribuno Del Pueblo |  Issue: July 2017

  With all the scandal and controversy surrounding President Trump’s first months in office, talk of war and terrorist attacks abroad, and state sponsored vicious attacks on the defenseless here at home — it is easy to get lost in the details. As a consequence, we don’t see what is underlying the rapidly changing political […]

What will P.R.O.M.E.S.A. impose on Puerto Rico?

Pedro Angel Rivera |  Issue: May | June 2016

  Financial crisis and un-payable debt headings have become the ideological media propaganda regarding the social and economic problems that cage Puerto Ricans within our colonial archipelago. According to the most recent reports, the notorious International Monetary Fund, a financial henchman against indebted countries throughout the world, Puerto Rico should look at itself in the […]

The Forces behind the 2016 Presidential Elections

from the Editors |  Issue: May | June 2016

  There is a revolution going on not only in the United States, but all over the world.  The revolution and changes in the economy are influencing the capitalists and their politics in the United States and abroad. We are seeing changes that we have never witnessed before:  increase of extremely wealthy, corporate individuals while […]

The Revival in Philly (US Social Forum)

Alex Suarez |  Issue: August | September 2015

  TAMPA, FL —Meeting with Immortal Technique, and Rebel Diaz, may have been the highlight of a trip I took from Florida to Philadelphia to be at this summer’s US Social Forum;  after however my encounter with them was brief. When you meet them, you see they are activists just like you. I met many […]

Another World is Possible, Another System is Necessary

Rachel Mazzaro and Galen Tyler |  Issue: June | July 2015

PHILADELPHIA, PA — Mark your calendars! The Third U.S. Social Forum (USSF) will be taking place from June 24 to 28, 2015. This year, organizations and activists will convene in Philadelphia, PA, Jackson, MS, and San Jose, CA to build stronger relationships, collaborations, and social movements across fronts of struggle for political understanding and strategic […]

In Chicago: A Movement not a Moment

Richard Monje |  Issue: April | May 2015

  CHICAGO, IL — On February 24, the workers won, and money lost. Against all odds, the workers stood firm and forced a runoff election. Neither the endorsements of President Obama and Luis Gutierrez, a war chest of over a $15 million did not help Rahm Emmanuel the contending candidate or deter the people from […]

The Rise of Civil Disobedience: Why?

John Slaughter |  Issue: June | July 2014

  In North Carolina a growing movement has arisen to confront a government and political structure that are standing in the way of the people receiving even the most basic necessities of life. In the course of their protests and demands for justice and a moral society, over 900 were arrested. These acts of civil […]

Leader of “Bad Ass Moms” Speaks Out

Leslie Willis |  Issue: June | July 2014

  CHICAGO, IL—“How can you celebrate anything when you kill schools and over-test our children… Stop threatening students and teachers, stop over-testing and closing schools… stop making it rain with our tax dollars!” These words took aim at Mayor Rahm Emmanuel at a public event on March 4 to celebrate Chicago’s 177th birthday. Rousemary Vega, […]

Puerto Rican Teachers Face a Decisive Battle

Pedro Ángel Rivera (translated by Félix Cortés) |  Issue: Volume 41, Number 3

“They are taking our life away”. That’s how Eulalia Centeno Ramos, elementary school teacher for more than 25 years, described the struggle against the latest assault by the bosses on Puerto Rico’s public school teachers. Christmas Eve, 2013, will always be remembered as a disastrous night for public school teachers in Puerto Rico. On that […]

Public Education Should Be a Right Not a Commodity

Steven Miller |  Issue: Volume 41, Number 3

Twenty years ago, NAFTA declared that public education was no longer a social right; instead it was declared a “service” that could be traded, bought and sold as a commodity. Since then, corporations have seized control of public education from Canada to Argentina. Governments have openly collaborated with corporations to privatize public education in multiple […]

Trinational Coalition to Defend Public Education Meets in Chicago

Tribuno Del Pueblo |  Issue: Volume 41, Number 3

  At first glance, struggles over schools in México, Canada and the U.S. seem totally separate: Mexicans protesting a national law causing funding cuts and testing of teachers; Canadians protesting an Ontario law freezing teacher salaries; Americans fighting against schools closed or turned over to charter schools. But these attacks all serve a relentless campaign […]

Immigrant Students Won’t Sell Out Their Communities

Steve Teixeira |  Issue: Volume 41, Number 3

  Together they can build the world that the musician Santana calls “without borders, flags or wallets.” Across America, undocumented high school seniors prepare to leave school not knowing what’s in store for them. President Obama’s DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) order allows many young immigrants to work now, but will it expire, or […]

Imagine a New California

Tribuno Del Pueblo |  Issue: March | April 2014

  Luis J. Rodriguez for California Governor Tribuno del Pueblo: What is your program to eliminate poverty? Luis J. Rodriguez: California is the richest state in the nation and the 8th largest economy in the world. Yet it has the worse poverty rate of any state—almost 24 percent. There are close to 9 million poor […]

Ames School in Jeopardy

Andy Willis |  Issue: January | February 2014

  CHICAGO— I started off at the wrong meeting. A staff person at Ames school sent me to a Chicago Public Schools (CPS) meeting upstairs.  I soon knew I was not where I was supposed to be. Where were the angry parents? I found them downstairs with a Mr. Conner from the CPS who had […]

Education must serve the people

Editors |  Issue: Volume 40, Number 5

The corporations years ago declared a “crisis” in education and set about “reforming” the system to suit their needs. The only thing they care about is training the small high-tech workforce that they need to make money, and profiting from the $1.3 trillion education “market.” Parents, teachers and students are rightly concerned about the future […]