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Firearms Classes Taught Me, and America, a Very Dangerous Lesson

Harel Shapira New York Times
The classes I attended trained students to believe that their lives are in constant danger. They prepared us to shoot without hesitation and avoid legal consequences. They instilled the kind of fear that has a corrosive effect on all interactions — and beyond that, on the fabric of our democracy.

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Florida Teachers Besieged by Draconian Laws

Steven Greenhouse The Guardian
Teachers say they’re feeling more disrespected, unappreciated and under attack than ever before by new laws championed by Governor Ron DeSantis

The Red Scare Took Aim at Black Radicals Like Langston Hughes

Peter Dreier Jacobin
Poet Langston Hughes was invited to speak at Occidental College on this day in 1948, then uninvited when red-baiters released a report calling him a “subversive.” His story shows how the postwar Red Scare targeted radicals, particularly black leftists.

Chicago’s Election Will Shape the Future of Public Safety in America

Eric Reinhart The TRiiBE
Johnson, a progressive, has been calling for change by implementing a public health approach to safety. Vallas, who has often identified himself as a Republican and represents the most conservative edge of the Democratic Party, has—in contrast to Johnson—been calling for the expansion of existing police-centric safety paradigms.

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Global Experts

A Fisher
Schools may be in trouble, assesses Vermont poet Ann Fisher, but not the fault of students who create their own “precipitation” despite “all the measured wisdom/ we’ve provided.”

Tidbits – Mar. 16, 2023 – Reader Comments: Bank Failures, GOP Deregulation; Pentagon Budget; MAGA Bans Books, Not Guns; Workers and Unions; False Promise of ChatGPT; Triangle Shirtwaist Anniversary; Vietnam War Ends; Rosenberg Case 70 Years Later;

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Reader Comments: Bank Failures, GOP DeRegulation; Pentagon Budget; MAGA in Office Bans Books, Not Guns; Workers and Their Unions; AI, False Promise of ChatGPT; Triangle Shirtwaist Anniversary; Ending the Vietnam War; Rosenberg Case 70 Years Later;
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