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‘Obama Administration Calls for Limits on Testing in Schools’, NYTimes. From what I could tell, the piece focused on arguments as to ‘jettisoning all testing (by Congressional policy)’ or the opposite. For me, the larger subject is ‘teaching to the test all of the time’, not actual testing time spent on testing.
I’d thought Glen Ford had missed that wider point at TRNN with ‘Is Obama’s Education Reversal Political “Theater”?, but as I re-read, it seems I’d misinterpreted the rather stilted language.
‘Terrorizing School Children in the American Police State’ by Henry Giroux, November 2, 2015
‘For Black America, the Dream is a Nightmare’; Veteran activist and film producer Kali Akuno discusses his forthcoming project An American Nightmare: Black Labor and Liberation – October 29, 2015, TRNN. You may remember that Akuno wrote the forward for the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement’s ‘Operation Ghetto Storm’ report, detailing the exrajudicial killings of 312 black people in 2012.
Akuno: ‘Black People and Their Labor are “Disposable”?
AJE: ‘Arrest made over string of St. Louis-area church arsons’; Churches in largely black neighborhoods were targeted; authorities say suspect in custody is African-American’, October 30, 2015
‘Find Out What the “Or Else” Is: March with the Black Is Back Coalition in Washington, Nov. 7’
Lord.love.a.duck. From Mintpress News: ‘EU Nominates Violent US-Backed Venezuelan Opposition For Human Rights Prize’; The EU nominated Mesa de la Humanidad Democrática for the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, despite the opposition coalition’s role in anti-government protests that grew increasingly violent before culminating in a coup attempt against the Venezuelan president.
(follow RevoNews on twitter for horrid photos and articles on the massive refugee crises.)
Meteorite or Space Junk? On about Oct. 30, a bright sky object fell slowly to earth at about 9:00 p.m. MDT, from the northwestern sky near the Pleiades. It was perhaps four times larger than Venus is now at perigee. Forgive me for saying that it lit up my life for a day or two. But I wonder if it might not have been a meteor, given its size, and its slow plummet to earth.
Added on edit: HfcMofo and I had been talking about this development over email: ‘Garza vs. McKesson: The Great Debate Over How the Democratic Party Will Liberate Black People’, by Glen Ford at OpedNews.com
“One side wants the Democrats to sponsor a town hall meeting on racial justice, the other prefers that the Party hold a Black issues oriented debate. Both #BlackLivesMatter and Campaign Zero have earned semi-official status as Democratic Party affiliates. The question is: Who is taking care of the “movement”?
“Neither wants to confront Power (the Democratic Party and its candidates) with core demands — beyond the ‘demand’ for a debate or a town hall.”
Representatives of the two wings of Black Lives Matter last weekend jousted over the merits of holding Democratic Party-sponsored town halls on racial justice, versus a formal, televised debate on issues critical to Black people, also to be sponsored by the Democrats. The exchange took place on Melissa Harris-Perry’s program on MSNBC, which acts as the Democratic Party’s corporate cable outlet. A casual viewer might conclude that the incipient movement ignited by the murder of Michael Brown fourteen months ago, has been swallowed whole by the Democratic Party. Certainly, the #BlackLivesMatter network, co-founded by Alicia Garza and two of her comrades, and its offshoot, Campaign Zero, honchoed by charter school advocate DeRay McKesson and like-minded colleagues, have encamped deep in the bosom of the Democratic Party, where movements go to die.” (more here.)
She’d also sent me a link about the CEO of Twitter offering to hold a debate among Dem candidates with a focus on black lives egads; but I haven’t been able to rustle it up.
And woot!!! The Royals won the World Series!!!