Tidbits - January 14, 2016 - Deportations and Anti-Latino Racism; Flint Poisonings - Ordered by Gob. Snyder; Attack on Public Sector Unions; Bernie; Oregon; BDS; Susan Sarandon; Speaking Out Against Madness - Ruth Horowitz; lots of announcements...

Reader Comments: Deportations and Anti-Latino Racism; Flint Poisonings - Ordered by Gob. Snyder; Attack on Public Sector Unions; Bernie; Oregon; Support BDS; Susan Sarandon Supports Bernie; Help Support UAW Local 2865, which democratically voted to endorse the BDS campaign; Robert Rhodes; Speaking Out Against the Madness - Ruth Horowitz; Concussions? - Drink Chocolate Milk; Lots of announcements - Lafayette (IN); New York; Washington, DC; activist scholarships...
January 14, 2016
Tidbits, Reader Comments, and Announcements - January 14, 2016
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Announcements:

 

Re: Why Is the US Deporting Refugee Families?

 
Thought for this Epiphany day when Christian tradition holds that the magi visited the infant Jesus just before his parents fled to Egypt to save his life:
 
What if President Obama had been the pharaoh in Egypt at that time and had deported Jesus' family?
 
Alfred Rose
 
 
 
 
 
The article by Alcoff is excellent. My only comment is that indeed biological race does not exist, but in the United States we have a special color-coded set of "races", socially invented, basically white, black, brown, and yellow. People, especially racists, accept these categories, so it's perfectly ok to refer to those who are anti-people of color as racists. This Color Code of course places whites on top, so it is the underlying concept of  white supremacy.
 
Terence Cannon
 
 
 
 
This is the GOP-organized assault on working people, an attack on African American, Latino and Asian communities. Slicing hard-fought gains is not enough, now they want to actually poison us.
 
Jay Schaffner
 
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Michigan is a testing ground and the Koch Brothers and Nestle, plan to export their Emergency Management system if we don't ALL fight back. So, I appreciate your help from Massachusetts, Vermont and all over the country. Stop this evil system before it gets to your state!
 
 
 
 
Patricia Dowling
 
 
 
 
 
Madison Teachers Inc (MTI) which led the 2011 protests just won another case in circuit court last week.  MTI is the ONLY public sector union - other that police and fire which are not covered by Act 10 - that has had collective bargaining agreements following the 2011 enacted Act 10 - and we have them for all 5 of our bargaining units in the Madison Metro School District.
 
John Matthews
 
 
 
 
 
When corporations (now officially called an individual) support a candidate or issue - do they, thereby, represent the views of all who work there?!!!!
 
Aaron Libson
 
 
 
 
 
Is this the Larry Cohen who is national leader of Labor for Bernie?
 
Lewis Grupper
 
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[Moderator response: Yes, Larry Cohen is the leader of Labor for Bernie, and the former president of the Communication Workers of America.] 
 
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that was what I was thinking at the showing...folks Should get out to movie showings with Sanders' message for banks
 
Linda Crowley
 
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If only we could get every voter to watch it. And given Americans' notoriously short attention spans, watch it just before they vote.
 
Alan Hart
 
 
 
 
Good for him. Hopefully guilty bankers will face jail time.
 
Joe Ferreiro
 
 
 
 
(posting on Portside Labor)
 
We need to go no further to understand why organized labor is going in the toilet! Endorse an anti-union corporate Wall Street hack. I remember in 1972 when Meany and his butt heads endorsed Nixon. At least the Retail Clerks (UFCW) had the brains to endorse McGovern...they have taken leave of their senses sent the merge back in the 1980's. Not the union they were.
 
Bill Johnston
 
 
 
 
 
This analysis of terrorism and the rightwing manipulation of it is valuable.  Thank you. 
 
noel kent
 
 
 
 
 
People, the right wing, racists in Oregon have not really seized federal or state land. They have seized land which belong to the Northern Paiute. Let's get this right as this is an important distinction. "Some of the same armed "militia" involved in the Cliven Bundy affair in Nevada have occupied federal land in Oregon formerly reserved for the Northern Paiute. Ironically, the "legal" basis for starting a fight with the federal government is that sovereignty "really" belongs to Oregon rather than the Paiutes, who have seen their federal trust land shrink from over one and a half million acres to a tiny remnant of 760 acres in Burns, Oregon, where this current armed standoff began."
 
Randy Gould
 
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Author got a few things wrong.
 
The two Oregonians who were convicted of fire setting are not a part of the "group" and they both publicly claim the Bundy brothers *do not* to represent them.
 
Maybe free access to grazing should be limited to small herds - free grazing for Ammon's dad' herds for 20 years? Gimme a break.
 
And she missed mentioning that most of the 12 to 15 guys are from other states...Montana and Nevada that I know of.  And Ammon is beneficiary of a Small Business Loan of over $50,000 for his truck repair and maintenance firm (in Arizona I think) not cattle feeding related land use.
 
The Justice Dept. attorneys appealed the sort sentence, (a few months) to a maximum sentence (up to five years), and won.
 
Burns Piute tribe has a good case for first considerations on "return of land control" .
 
But maybe the result most desired by all is to have a say in what land uses and when and for how much and to whom before we consider privatizing Federal Lands for the big agribusinesses. The small rancher would be immediately sold out the minute the corporations get their hands on public lands.
 
BTW there is a rumor that Mormons populate most of the BLM and National Forest jobs, is that true? Why would that be - it's who you know like any job or industry?
 
Kay Brown
 
 
 
 
 
There is a terrific book about the history of police abuse of black women in the South and its role in creating the modern civil rights movement:  AT THE DARK END OF THE STREET-BLACK WOMEN, RAPE, AND RESISTANCE-A NEW HISTORY OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT FROM ROSA PARKS TO THE RISE OF BLACK POWER by Danielle L. McGuire
 
Frank Joyce
 
 
 
 
(see Portside post: UAW Nullifies Local BDS Vote)
 
 
 
UAW 2865, which in 2014 became the first US labor union to officially endorse BDS, is requesting statements of solidarity in response to the UAW International Executive Board nullifying their resolution last month even though they found the vote to be completely democratic and free of misconduct (read more here).  
 
Letters should be sent in the next week. Address them to UAW International President Dennis Williams and email them to DWilliams@uaw.net and GCasteel@uaw.net; and cc uaw2865@uaw2865.org; uaw2865bds@gmail.com.
 
You can find US Campaign's letter here to use as a template. Take what works and personalize as much as you can. 
 
If it is easier for your group to endorse our letter, please respond back to me by Monday, January 18. 
 
Ramah Kudaimi
Membership and Outreach Coordinator 
202-332-0994
 
 
 
 
 
To all those belonging to academic organizations or associations, read about the Israeli disparities in funding Jewish vs. Arab schools...more evidence of Apartheid-like public policies. Join the boycott!
 
Tom Smith
 
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From this article, it seems that even the educational system in Israel is based on apartheid!
 
Mario Galván
 
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BDSers like Makdisi are completely dishonest when they claim it is about "an academic boycott - which targets institutions, not individual scholars." The reality is that it does indeed impact individual scholars in numerous ways. When Israel universities are denied access to the journals of the American Anthropological Assn. for example, grad students who can't afford individual international subscriptions are cut off from some of the most important journals in their field -- even if they are activists opposing the occupation. When Israeli scholars are denied participation in important international meetings in their fields because they rely on travel funds from their universities, it is individual scholars who are impacted--regardless of their politics. I could go on, but the point is clear by now that this claim which is often essential to getting these resolutions passed is just plain dishonest. Attacking scholars who are among those Israelis most likely to oppose the policies of their governments does nothing to end the occupation and it is welcomed by the Israeli right for punishing scholars who they see as disloyal.
 
Academic BDS for Israeli universities and scholars makes about as much sense as boycotting all US universities and scholars because of the policies of the US government in waging war against Iraq - and US universities are at least as complicit with the US government (as we all discovered during the Vietnam War) as Israeli universities are with their government. American and British academics who don't call for boycotting their own universities (and selves), but support this BDS movement are being totally hypocritical here.
 
Stan Nadel
 
 
 
 
Great man now among the great ancestors of the Pan African revolution. The communiversity brought many young people together. It enlightened a whole generation of youth to the contradictions of American society. Those dissatisfied youth seeking answers to the questions of injustice like police brutality, and racial superiority. However most importantly identification; which is what "black studies programs" provided. Youth were able to investigate their collective history and form an identity. No longer identifying as the victims of white supremacy but with the heroes in history. All intellectuals like "Bob" Rhodes" were the professional cadre of Pan African revolution Fortunately he has left behind structures that will continue what he and others began. Like Dr. Welsing who has recently departed; these cadre of skilled intellectuals have left programs that can continue the progression of self consciousness among African youth. So that hopefully we can expand with our self determined education taking us home to mother Africa.
 
Rashieda Shukuraht Weaver
 
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I had the good fortune of having known Bob Rhodes for some 65 years. Our friendship began at Talladega College in 1950 and continued until his death. I witnessed and admired his intellectual growth. He was a giant and his keen insights kept growing throughout his life. In addition to his love of jazz he had a great sense of humor. I will miss our long telephone conversations about the state of the world. 
 
I knew about his studies at Atlanta University, University of Cinn., (where he said everybody but him looked [like] Doris Day and Rock Hudson) and at the University of Chicago. He and I chuckled over the wide brimmed white FBI men who visited me at my office in DC, of all people, inquiring whether Bob was a threat to the US government or whether his not being married at age 30 was a "problem " or did I know whether he used any control substances. After making these "gentleman" show me their credentials several times, I asked whether they were asking me whether my friend was a red, gay with a monkey on his back. They stormed out mumbling that you can never get a straight answer from "these peoples ".
 
A Robert Rhodes comers along only once in a life time . Presente;
 
Jim McWilliams
 
 
 
 
 
You report the firing of Harold Meyerson as though it was because of his political views, which is downright alarming. Shouldn't the NYT be asked for its explanation of the firing.
 
Nina Udovicki
 
 
 
 
(posting on Portside Labor)
 
I like the victories but I am disappointed that there is no mention of John Kest
 
Tommy Lee Stoner
 
 
 
 
 
A corporation can SUE a nation? Yup. That's exactly what all the fuss over NAFTA, WTO, GATT, etc., is about. Intelligent citizens dislike the idea of having all their future rights and decisions signed away to let corporations everywhere pursue their profit OVER the wishes and interests of a nation's populace. Oppose Trade Treaties that sign away local citizens' rights to pass any laws they *** want to. We have rights to protect our country, state, county, village, whatever. Those rights should never, never be given up in perpetuity. Hog and Cattle CONCENTRATION CAMPS: the new disgusting tactics 1) allow the corporations to sue a town or county who doesn't give a permit, and 2) pressure counties especially to pass laws that are called "livestock friendly" to "promote: their counties for "business" and those laws forbid the county to ever oppose any project with "livestock." Puppy mills, anyone? Geez, we can't deny these people their "right to earn a living."
 
Juanita Rice
 
 
 
 
 
I'm so very angry upon learning that Planned Parenthood is endorsing Hillary Clinton for President. PP never endorsed in years, and now all of a sudden it is doing this, shooting itself in the foot.I think PP will lose a great deal of financial and emotional support as a result of this. 
 
Judith Ackerman
 
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Thank you for your illuminating and very interesting story on the Green Book.
 
It reminds me of something I encountered in 1980 when I was a graduate student at Columbia University. In interviewing older gay men I learned about something rather remarkable: the "Bird Circuit." It proliferated in the 1930s, up until the late sixties -- apparently. Exact details are hard to come by.
 
Let's assume you are a young man from a small town. You've discovered (or finally acknowledged) that you are gay. You want hop on the Greyhound bus and head to a big city where you might find less discrimination. (You could be in considerable danger if you were "out" in a small town, with small-minded people.) You get off the bus in a big city, where do you go first?
 
It turns out many of the bars that welcomed homosexuals in those days were named after birds: the Canary, the Flamingo -- you get the idea. It was a kind of secret, sub-rosa society: the Bird Circuit. You might want to research that for another story.
 
Luis R Torres
 
 
 
 
 
Hope for us coffee lovers
 
Eugene Flynn
 
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Looks like I'll die of something other than liver disease. Thank you coffee.
 
Dana Ward
 
 
 
 
 
This film was one of the best both I and my husband had a chance to see this past year or so. I felt it was telling a story we both lived through as children and young adults and which colored my life for many years. If you even need any further endorsements of it, let me know.  My work has always been in India (at least since 1958 when I went there on a post doctoral grant, and I think the events of those earlier years had an indelible impact on me.
 
Joan P Mencher, Emerita Professor, CUNY
 
 
 
 
 
"The IWW -- An Inherited Memory," by Lionel Youst.  Columbia: The Magazine of Northwest History, 29 (4), Winter 2015-16: pp. 2-7.  Columbia is a quarterly publication of the Washington State Historical Society, 1911 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98402.  Individual issues are $5.
 
Michael Munk
 
 
 
 
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) unveiled a forceful climate change plan Monday that sets its sights on the fossil fuel industry and commits to taxing carbon pollution.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
By Ruth Horowitz
 
January 7, 2015
 
The daily unfolding of social horrors doesn't often call on us to rise to an occasion.  For the most part, we move about our daily lives, too wrapped up in our work and personal troubles to consider any one issue in depth.  Some of us keep our heads in the sand hoping these problems will go away.  Many of us are simply overwhelmed by a feeling of helplessness.  Living where I do, intolerance and racism in the larger world is filtered through the internet. I sign petitions freely, but I have been reticent to speak out in any public way.  That is, until today, when I feel compelled to take a stand against the current tide of hatred towards Muslims. 
 
While bigotry towards Muslims may not be new, the Republican presidential candidacy of Donald Trump has thrown into sharp relief the scourge that is xenophobia and scapegoating.  It is truly unconscionable that Trump promotes his candidacy by manipulating an understandably angry constituency of disenfranchised people to express hostility towards Mexicans and Muslims.  In doing so, he creates a wedge between groups of people who at a basic human level have much in common.  With more sinister and immediate effect, his rhetoric gives free rein to acts of violence towards those targeted, while we watch in horror thinking this man may actually become our next President.
 
Demagogues like Trump are mean-spirited, disingenuous, and arrogant.  They invariably find blame in others, paint whole groups of people with one brush, lie to promote their agendas, name call, obfuscate and bully.  Combative in attitude, their "best defense is a vindictive offense" modus operandi precludes any dialogue.  They are the political version of religious fundamentalists who provide scapegoats and polemics that frame a black and white world of tribal others.  Unforgivably, they destroy an underlying premise of the democratic spirit, namely, respect for those of different beliefs, ethnicities, and circumstances.   
 
It is disheartening to see just how disturbingly atrocious public discourse has become, its reach and virulence rapidly spreading through the internet.  The current social atmosphere, its base language and uncivil tone, is being fanned and exploited by people who want to promote their ideological, exclusionary causes.  If we are serious about a belief in the democratic way of life, we need to expose this kind of rampant incivility for what it is:  hate speech. Freedom of speech should not equate with license to attack people verbally or to invite danger to their doorstep.  A certain fundamental respect for each other, based on our common humanity, seems to have all but disappeared.
 
Today, I am compelled to speak out because I am the sister of David Horowitz, "the chief publicist of Islamophobia,"* whose David Horowitz Foundation contributes $10+ million** to its cause, and whose website Frontpagemag.com has, for years, paved the way for bigotry to become alarmingly acceptable in the United States.  From its ideological logo:  Inside Every Liberal is a Totalitarian Screaming to Get Out, to its brazen vilification of whole groups of people, this website is particularly disturbing for the intensity of hate it promotes.  You will find few measured words when the writing is about Palestinians, Muslims, "progressives," the invective against both individuals and groups having grown stronger over time.  Frontpagemag.com, Truthrevolt.com, Discoverthenetworks.org and the David Horowitz Foundation have disseminated more than enough hatred of various individuals and groups to warrant the end of my silence.
 
David and I grew up in a red-brick attached row house in Sunnyside, Queens.  Ours would have been a pretty ordinary middle class upbringing but for the fact that our parents, both school teachers, were also members of the then outlawed Communist Party of America during the height of the McCarthy era.   My parents' world view instilled in us a strong ethic to treat all people as equals, to behave respectfully towards everyone no matter their colour or creed, and to think of all mankind as a brotherhood. My parents also lived those values.  They were caring and helpful to their neighbors, held strong friendships, and contributed greatly to their community.  As idealists, they dedicated their entire lives to work for social justice and to bring about a world in peace.  As flawed human beings, they made mistakes, but they were not haters, nor did they ever teach David and me to hate, either by word or by deed.
 
It has been a source of great distress that my brother's websites serve to polarize to the detriment of entire groups of people.  If I think about Muslims being victimized somewhere just for being Muslims, I am outraged.  If I think of my parents, who dedicated their lives to building a world in which racism and war would be a thing of the past for the generations to come, I am moved to declare my outrage out loud. 
 
My own view is this:  we all belong to one human family, imperfect and vulnerable, trying to make it from one end of our lives to the other with all the dignity we can muster.  We wish for ourselves and our loved ones a life that will give a measure of joy.  I have no reason to believe that people everywhere on earth are very different from me in this yearning.  If we are to live on this small planet together, we need to marginalize the perpetrators of hate and return civil public discourse to its rightful place in our democracy.  That we treat each other with respect and compassion is paramount. 
 
When my mother realized that I would not grow up in a socialist world after all, she'd often tell me, "There are pockets of people everywhere in the world doing wonderful things."  We see that everywhere true, and I have hope.
 
[Ruth Horowitz has lived in the Canadian backwoods for the past 40 years where she homesteads with her husband.  Deeply affected by her brother, David's, public political persona she has begun to write in an effort to find her own voice.]
 
 
 
 
 
The Committee on Peace Studies, The Center for Research on Diversity and Inclusion (CRDI), and The Department of Political Science present
 
SINGING FOR PEACE AND JUSTICE
 
A film series on the lives of three singers and their social movements
 
Paul Robeson, Pete Seeger, and Joan Baez were active participants in the social movements of their times. They struggled for workers' rights, racial justice, peace, women's equality, and protection of the environment. Robeson, Seeger, and Baez exemplify the connections among art, culture, and political activism as seen in these exceptional documentary films.
 
 
 
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Paul Robeson,
"Here I Stand"
7:00 - 9:00 pm Beering Hall 2290
 
 
 
 
 
Tuesday February 16, 2016
Pete Seeger,
"The Power of Song"
7:00 - 9:00 pm Beering Hall 2290
 
 
 
 
 
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Joan Baez,
"How Sweet the Sound"
7:00 - 9:00 pm Beering Hall 2290
 
 
The showings and discussion are open to all.
For further information contact Harry Targ (targ@purdue.edu)
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
Join us for our annual national gathering of young socialist activists this President's Day Weekend, February 12-14, 2016, in New York. The conference, "Generation Left: Millennials Building the Next Socialist Movement," will be held at the Mayday Community Space, 214 Starr Street, Brooklyn, NY 11237.
 
Register here!
 
This year's event comes at an unprecedented time for socialism in the United States. Polls show the growing popularity of democratic socialism and the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign among people under 35. This conference will provide a crucial opportunity to discuss how we can continue to build an organized socialist voice to meet this rising tide of potentially game-changing support.
 
Equally important, this student gathering will offer a critical opportunity for socialist student activists to talk about the growing national anti-racist campus movement. Students are mobilizing direct actions at levels not seen at universities for decades. Socialists need to coordinate their strategy to play a productive and proactive role in our own schools and in solidarity efforts for racial justice. "Generation Left" will provide such a planning space on a national level.
 
Be part of that conversation. Be part of Generation Left.
 
Please share to continue the political revolution on campuses after the election is over! Come to "Generation Left: Millennials Building the Next Socialist Movement." 
 
For more information such as travel scholarships (deadline Jan 15) and registration fees (prices go up Feb 5) check it out
 
 
 
 
 
Saturday, 8:00am to 9:00pm | Sunday, 8:00 am to 5:00pm
 
The UDC David A. Clarke School of Law, 4340 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008
 
REGISTRATION OPEN NOW! GET YOUR EARLYBIRD TICKETS! Buy your tickets here for the earlybird price during 2015, prices to increase in 2016!! 
 
 
The peace group CODEPINK, along with The Nation Magazine, Institute for Policy Studies, Peace Action, and many other organizations (see below), is hosting a two-day summit on Saudi Arabia and U.S.-Saudi ties on March 5-6, 2016.
 
We will be addressing issues such as human rights, Saudi foreign policy, Saudi-U.S. ties, and the prospects for change inside the kingdom and in U.S.-Saudi relations.
 
We are bringing together human rights advocates, diplomats, scholars and authors, and other experts, as well as grassroots activists, for this international summit on the Kingdom.
 
Saturday, March 5 will consist of panels and key-note addresses. Sunday, March 6, will focus on building a movement to pressure the Saudi government to respect human rights and to transform the destructive aspect of U.S.-Saudi relations.
 
Speakers:
  • Chris Hedges, author
  • Vijay Prashad, author and professor at Trinity College
  • Rabayah Althaibani, Yemeni-American activist
  • Medea Benjamin, CODEPINK
  • Joe Stork, Human Rights Watch
  • Ensaf Haider, Raif Badawi's wife (unconfirmed)
  • Ali al Alhmed, The Gulf Institute
  • Raed Jarrar, American Friends Service Committee
  • Lee Fang, journalist at the Intercept
  • Gabriel Justice, Saudi-American author and U.S. Veteran
  • Robert Vitalis, author and professor at the University of Pennsylvania
  • William Hartung, weapons expert, Center for International Policy
  • Hala Al-Dossari, Saudi writer and scholar
  • Kristine Beckerle, Human Rights Watch
  • Yasser Munif, professor at Emerson College
  • Andrew Hammond, Ph.D. candidate at Oxford University
  • Ebtihal Mubarak, Saudi journalist
  • Matar Ebrahim Ali Matar, Bahraini politician and activist
 
And many more! Find the list of speaker bios here.  
Check back in periodically for updates!
 
Co-Sponsors:
The Nation Magazine ** Peace Action ** Center for Inquiry ** Historians Against the War ** Institute for Policy Studies ** Just Foreign Policy ** People Demanding Action ** Popular Resistance ** Coalition to End the U.S.-Saudi Alliance ** RootsAction ** The Gulf Institute ** The Markaz Arts Center for the Greater Middle East ** United For Peace and Justice ** United National Anti-War Coalition ** Veterns For Peace ** World Beyond War ** Voices for Creative Nonviolence ** Campaign for Peace and Democracy ** Muslims4Peace ** Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) ** WESPAC Foundation ** U.S. Labor Against the War (USLAW) ** Western New York Peace Center ** Food Not Bombs
 
STAY TUNED FOR MORE INFORMATION!
 
 
 
 
 
 
Image: Colin Mathes, Justseeds
 
 
Co-sponsored by:  
  • The Murphy Labor Institute, CUNY
  • The NYC Scholars Strategy Network
  • CUNY Graduate Center's Advanced Research Collaborative
 
Friday, March 25, 2016 -- 9am-6:30pm
 
Organizers: Ruth Milkman and Frances Fox Piven
 
The Murphy Institute
25 W. 43 St, 18th Floor
 
This one-day conference focuses on the right-wing attack on public sector labor as well as efforts to counter those attacks.  Speakers include academic researchers as well as labor and community leaders.  The conference is divided into three sessions.
 
The opening session features perspectives on recent attacks on public sector unionism.  Speakers will analyze the history of public sector unionism, the anti-union efforts of right-wing organizations like ALEC, the upcoming U.S. Supreme Court decision in the Friedrichs case, and the ways in which austerity policies are being used to undermine organized labor. 
 
The second session will examine recent efforts to fight back against these attacks, including the cases of Wisconsin and Ohio in 2011, the 2012 Chicago teachers' strike, and local struggles in New York.  
 
The closing session will feature a series of broader strategic perspectives on how to confront these challenges.
 
9am Continental breakfast
9:30am Welcome and Introduction: Ruth Milkman
 
Session 1 - ATTACKS ON PUBLIC SECTOR LABOR -- 9:45am - 12pm
Speakers: 
  • Joseph Slater, University of Toledo Law School
  • Gordon Lafer, University of Oregon
  • Jennifer Laird, University of Washington
  • Saqib Bhatti, Roosevelt Institute
  • Harold Meyerson, The American Prospect
  • Moderator:  Josh Freeman
 
12pm - 1:30pm LUNCH   
           
Session 2 - CASE STUDIES: FIGHTING BACK  -- 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Speakers: 
  • Elizabeth Wrigley-Field on Madison
  • Jesse Sharkey, Vice President, Chicago Teachers Union
  • Pierrette Talley, Secretary-Treasurer, Ohio AFL-CIO
  • Barbara Bowen, President, PSC-CUNY
  • Moderator:  Ruth Milkman
 
3:30pm to 4pm BREAK 
 
Session 3 - STRATEGIC PERSPECTIVES  -- 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Speakers:  
  • Joel Rogers, University of Wisconsin and COWS
  • Bob Master, CWA
  • Stephen Lerner, labor organizer
  • Adolph Reed, University of Pennsylvania
  • Moderator:  Frances Fox Piven
 
CLOSING RECEPTION  5:30pm - 6:30pm
 
Questions or for more information  rmilkman@gc.cuny.edu
 
 
 
 
 
By Casey Hinds
January 7, 2016
 
Give yourself diabetes while you're trying to fix brain damage? That's the question that came to mind reading this press release from the University of Maryland titled "Concussion-Related Measures Improved in High School Football Players Who Drank New Chocolate Milk."  It touts a product called Fifth Quarter Fresh, a milk-based "post-workout recovery drink" which has 42 grams of sugar per bottle.
 
Health experts Andrew Holtz, Yoni Freedhoff and Kathlyn Stone reviewed the UMD press release and found it was unsatisfactory for nine out of the ten criteria.  They called it "out of bounds" saying:
 
"There are real consequences to PR spin of health research. If this story were to gain traction, it may further the health haloing of a beverage that drop per drop has more calories and more sugar than Coca-Cola."
 
The recent release of the movie Concussion has generated a great deal of media attention to the issue of brain damage in sports.  It is based on a true story about a forensic pathologist's efforts to get the National Football League to face the truth about chronic traumatic encephalopathy in order to prevent more players having to suffer from its destructive effects.
 
Now that pain is being used to help sell sugary milk.
 
Fifth Quarter Fresh's marketing says "Protect the Brain," and its product "may lower the risk of concussion-related symptoms."  This fits with the many other dubious health claims Michele Simon documented in her report "Whitewashed: How Industry and Government Promote Dairy Junk Foods." As she wrote, "While major food conglomerates reap sky-high profits from the sales of `junkified' processed dairy products, they do so at the expense of public health."
 
The UMD press release was for research that was funded by the Maryland Industrial Partnerships program, http://www.mips.umd.edu/ but does not appear to be published in any peer-reviewed scientific journal.
 
Read more here.
 
[Casey Hinds works to make a healthier food environment for children and instill a love of physical activity. Read more at ushealthykids.org and follow her on Twitter @caseyhinds]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Listen here
 
 
 
Miles Jackson is the Co Founder and Executive Director of Cuba Skate and travels back and forth to Cuba on a regular basis to support and help grow the island's emerging skate communities. He's also a Board member for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and a member of the International Skateboarding Federation's (ISF) Global Development Committee. 
 
Published January 5, 2016
 
 
 
 
 
The Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund board is excited to announce that applications are available for student activists who are organizing for social change and building progressive movements on campus and in community. Over the past year, we have seen exponential growth in movements for economic and racial justice, prison abolition, immigration struggles, indigenous rights, reproductive justice and LGBTQ rights and encourage these student leaders to apply this year.  We are also concerned with international solidarity challenging US imperialism and militarism.
 
Our website provides answers to questions about the Fund, the application process, and the students we support.  If you know of students working for peace and justice, or if you have a list of activist contacts, please send this announcement along and refer potential applicants to the Fund's website:  www.davisputter.org.
 
Since 1961 the Davis-Putter Fund has provided need-based grants to students doing academic work at the college level and are involved in building movements for social and economic justice.  Grantees are both graduates and undergraduates enrolled in accredited schools/programs for the period covered by their grant - trade or technical school or certification programs will be considered.  Although citizenship is not a consideration, applicants must be enrolled in an accredited program in the US during the 2016/17 academic year in order to qualify.
 
The maximum grant is $10,000 and may be considerably smaller depending on the applicant's circumstances and the funding available.  All the funds come from individual donors and there are 25-30 grants awarded each year. Grants are for one year although students may re-apply for subsequent years.
 
Applications and the supporting documents -- a personal statement, two letters of recommendation, transcripts, a photograph, financial aid reports -- must be postmarked by April 1.  Those selected to receive a grant will be notified in July.
 
In solidarity,
 
Carol J. Kraemer
Director
P.O. Box 7307
New York, NY 10116
 
January 14, 2016