No Child Left behind was a horffic menace of one-size-fits-all education-
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Tags: education, no child left behind, standardized testing
Tags: economy, financial crisis, OccupyTogether, OccupyWallSt., protest
GODZILLA GOVERNMENT COVERS ALL BASES: OCTOBER 2011, #OccupyTogether movement.
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People are turning on their computers to seek out Occupy Together gatherings to help represent their own interests in the economic breakdown. #OccupyTogether, organized by GlobalRevolution.es, is helping many find ways to talk back to Wall St and the US government by inviting the voices of those harmed by the economic downturn. They are not happy with D.C. They are not happy with Wall Street’s financial institutions.
In this report, many gievances are cited for too much corporate involvement with the government sector and too much government involved with the private sector.
We attended Occupy Seattle to hear the stories and the voices of those in attendance. We also asked a few people right around the corner their opinion of current events and the protests.
10/5 – A breakthrough report in Bankster accountability from Steve Vogel at the Washington Post:
“Suit alleges banks and mortgage companies cheated veterans and U.S. taxpayers”
“The arrest of hundreds of tired and unwashed kids, denied the freedom of a bullhorn, and the right to protest on public streets, may well be the first real green-shoots of this, the American spring. And if nurtured right, it could well begin real change.”
Anonymous call to action: Some refute claims to erase NYSE on October 10th as a “fake planted operation by law enforcement and cyber crime agencies.”
Tags: Bob Barr, E-Verify, employment, HR 2164, HR 2885, immigration, jobs, privacy, US, US Constitution
According to privacy advocate and former Congressman Bob Barr:
“Originally, the most troubling aspect of this legislation — supposed to protect the American economy against illegal immigrants being employed by U.S. businesses — was its requirement that businesses run names of job applicants through the government-run E-Verify database to ensure new hires are legally authorized to work in the United States. Although its supporters said that the bill was not a “National ID,” it clearly incorporated the potential to become just that. It even included a mandate that the government sign off on any persons hired by companies.
Now, we have learned that mission creep has already infected the legislation and dramatically broadened its reach. For example, language that purported to prohibit use of the database for purposes other than citizenship verification suddenly has been dropped. In its place, the legislation would now authorize E-Verify to be used to “protect critical infrastructure,” whatever that means.”
INDEED, MR. BARR– WHATEVER THE HELL THAT MEANS. WE MIGHT HAVE AN IDEA.
Tags: 9-11, CIA black sites, extraordinary rendition, GITMO, human rights, rule of law, secrecy, torture
A film by Peter Galison and Robb Moss
“In a single recent year the U.S. classified about five times the number of pages added to the
Library of Congress. We live in a world where the production of secret knowledge dwarfs
the production of open knowledge. Depending on whom you ask, government secrecy is
either the key to victory in our struggle against terrorism, or our Achilles heel. But is so much
secrecy a bad thing?”
A film by Sig Libowitz and Adam Rogers
A New Line Cinema Production
Tags: California, civil rights, criminal justice, human rights, Oscar Grant, police, public safety
SAN FRANCISCO TRANSIT POLICE THREATENED WITH CIVIL RIGHTS CHARGES IN OSCAR GRANT MURDER
Activists up the anti with Change.org campaign calling on the Justice Department to charge the Bay Area Rapid Transit police with civil rights violations over the killing of an unarmed African American man in 2009
LOS ANGELES – California activists have launched a national campaign calling on the Justice Department to charge Bay Area transit police with civil rights violations over the murder of an unarmed African American man in 2009.
Johannes Mehserle, a former police officer for the Bay Area Rapid Transit police (BART), fatally shot Oscar Grant as the 22-year-old African-American father lay face down and unarmed on a train platform in Oakland, Calif on New Years Day, 2009.
Mehserle claims that he shot Grant accidentally after confusing his pistol for his stun gun. Last summer, a jury with no African Americans convicted Mehserle of involuntary manslaughter and was sentenced to two years in prison. Due to “good time” credits, the former police officer was released from Los Angeles County Jail on June 13, 2011, after spending less than a year behind bars. Activists believe that Mehserle should have been charged with murder for killing Grant and served significantly more time.
The campaign calls on the U.S. Justice Department to charge Mehserle and colleagues—such as Tony Pirone, who spewed racial slurs during the incident—with violating Grant’s civil rights. Hundreds of supporters from across the country have joined the campaign since it was launched two weeks ago on Change.org, the world’s fastest-growing platform for social change.
Last year, Justice Department officials announced that they would investigate the events that led to Grant’s killing, but so far have made none of their findings public.
Activists have held several protests outside of the federal Justice Department building in Los Angeles and sit-down meetings with Justice Department officials in Oakland to encourage action.
“The Justice Department has reported that they’re investigating, but that’s as far as they’re committing themselves,” said Jubilee Shine, a representative of the Los Angeles Coalition for Justice for Oscar Grant. “The legal system has given Mehserle every soft landing they technically can. It falls on us to organize and enact justice.”
Change.org campaigner Nadra Kareem Nittle said that the call for the Justice Department to take action against BART police has reached a fever pitch since Mehserle’s release from jail.
“The fact that a police officer can serve less than a year in jail for taking the life of a young black man has galvanized the communities of the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond,” said Nittle. “The primary avenue for justice now is for the federal government to take action against Mehserle, his colleagues and the Bay Area Rapid Transit police department overall. We are eagerly anticipating how the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Justice Department responds to the hundreds of human rights activists who’ve demanded its officials to act against those who played a role in Oscar Grant’s death.”
View the Change.org petition targeting the Justice Department: