3 Things Protesters Are Pushing That Could Actually Move the U.S. Away From Racist Policing and Bring Sustained Long-term Improvements? Deal with crime as a public health issue.

FACES ON THE FRONTLINES RESEARCH & COMMENTARY – JUNE 29, 2020, This article was produced by Local Peace Economy, a project of the Independent Media Institute. By April M. Short Protesters against police brutality and racism have gathered to demand systemic change since the end of May, holding events in all 50 U.S. states and around the world. Impelled by the police murder of George …

The Black Radical Tradition Can Help Us Imagine a More Just World + What Everyone Should Know About Reconstruction 150 Years After the 15th Amendment’s Ratification

Excerpt, June 28, 2020 – Truthout https://truthout.org/articles/the-black-radical-tradition-can-help-us-imagine-a-more-just-world/ (see below that for article on history and links regarding the Reconstruction) The educational theory of the enslaved cannot be detached from the origins of the Black radical tradition, one that was forged in resistance, providing the empirical basis for freedom struggle. As Cedric Robinson suggests, the Black radical tradition was birthed from the …

Studies continue to prove that systemic racism is very real

By Lee Camp, Counterpunch. June 27, 2020 | EDUCATE! Racism is like sewage. Whether we’re currently engaging in a national dialogue about it or not, it’s still there. It runs under our streets, our buildings, our society. Millions of tons of shit. Rarely is racism truly visible to the naked eye. More often, it trickles along beneath our collective consciousness, quietly infecting everything. …

Just a few (incomplete) benefits from replacing existing diesel buses with electric school buses

This report summarizes analysis conducted by VEIC on Denver Public School’s bus fleet and the suitability of replacing existing diesel buses with electric school buses. Colorado is undertaking efforts to reduce harmful emissions from diesel engines as part of a legal settlement with Volkswagen Group of America. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (DPHE) is administering over $68.7 …

One in five White Americans don’t have high-speed internet at home, that ratio is roughly one in three for Black Americans, and one in 2.5 for Latinx Americans

MAY 19, 2020 We Should Own the Internet—Not Silicon Valley Oligarchs It’s time to stop treating high-speed internet as a luxury commodity and instead place it under democratic and public control.BY THOMAS M. HANNA AND ISAIAH J. POOLE http://inthesetimes.com/article/22536/internet-silicon-valley-broadband-covid-19-democracy excerpt One in five White Americans don’t have high-speed internet at home, that ratio is roughly one in three for Black Americans, and one …

Getting the most out of your online course

In the video below, MIT Professor and co-founder of the inter-university Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School Lawrence Susskind discusses the differences between in-person and online teaching, and how this impacts his online negotiation course:  So, how can you apply what experts know about teaching online to optimize your own online learning experience? With insights from MIT experts, we discuss the …

Fueled by protests, school districts across the country cut ties with police

By Moriah Balingit, Valerie Strauss and Kim Bellware June 12, 2020, Washington Post For years, civil rights activists have worked to remove police officers from the nation’s public schools, arguing that they pose a greater risk to students of color than the intruders they’re supposed to guard against. But in the wake of George Floyd’s death, a shift that seemed impossible only a few weeks …

How can we best educate children for the important roles they will play to ensure we have functioning democracies, equitable societies, and a healthy planet?

How can we best educate children for the important roles they will play to ensure we have functioning democracies, equitable societies, and a healthy planet? Such changes in education, should they come, will mean that students learn to be solutionaries – people who provide ideas and blueprints for positively transforming societal institutions and structures? Meaning: because their learning and actions make a difference Confidence: …

‘Prisoners—especially Blacks, Chicanos and Puerto Ricans—are increasingly advancing the proposition that they are political prisoners. They contend that they are political prisoners in the sense that they are largely the victims of an oppressive politico-economic order’

Though that definition of political prisoner is unorthodox, it illustrates the political and economic nature of criminalization. This is why observers of Black August connect the fight to free “revolutionary” political prisoners to the broader struggle against US prisons. Mass incarceration is a symptom of the same system that political prisoners have dedicated their lives towards fighting. According to a new …