The Forgotten Pressmen's Strike [VIDEO]
When The Washington Post pressmen's strike of 1975 isn't being misremembered, it's not being remembered at all. The event has been all but erased from history -- there's not even a Wikipedia entry for it. Yet the effects of the strike are still being felt today.
A Must-Read in Trying Times: Chomsky's 'Requiem for the American Dream'
Hopefully we'll make it out the other side of Trump's presidency, but it's by no means a sure thing. The risks are hard to overstate. While many books attempt to explain how we got to this political moment, Noam Chomsky's latest, "Requiem for the American Dream," provides necessary historical context. The collapse of the country's institutions has led to anger and disillusionment, a climate right for the rise of an ideologue.
How The Media Paved the Way for Trump's Attack on Syria
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad may be responsible for the recent and gruesome chemical attack in his country. That may be what a thorough investigation concludes. Until then, asking the tough questions seems wise, even as cruise missiles have already fallen on Syria. But reporters, even prior to Thursday's U.S. missile attack on Syria, weren't entertaining such questions.
Sunday, March 26, 2017(1 comments)
Backed by $10 million in 'Dark Money,' Gorsuch Claims He's Apolitical
Helping lead the push to get Gorsuch on the Supreme Court is a little-known group that pledged to spend at least $10 million. The 'dark money' group doesn't list its donors but appears to be tied into the Koch network. "The thing about dark money is, often the person who it's benefiting knows; it's just the public that's not allowed to know," said Jane Mayer, author of Dark Money. "He probably knows who he owes the favor to."
Monday, March 20, 2017(9 comments)
Democrats and The Resistance
Trump is president and Republicans control just about everything. Meanwhile Democratic Party leaders who paved the way for this Republican resurgence seem to view themselves as natural leaders of the "Resistance." But are they?
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Is RFK Jr. 'Anti-Vaccine'?
Having followed RFK Jr.'s work, I had a difficult time believing he could be on point on so many issues and completely off-base about vaccines, as media reports suggest. So I looked into it.
#StopSessions and #RejectRex Activists Head to Trial
"Senators, your duty is clear." Heads and cell phones turned as James Burch, an organizer from San Francisco, interrupted the confirmation hearing for Trump's pick for secretary of state. "You must reject Rex Tillerson," Burch said as he was forcefully removed from the Senate hearing. "The people do not want an oil man as secretary of state."
Saturday, January 21, 2017
Heavy Protests Mark Start Of Trump Presidency
With homemade signs, banners and even locks and chains, thousands of protesters descended on Friday's inauguration of Donald Trump. In modern times, no one so disliked has ascended to the nation's highest office.
Saturday, January 7, 2017
The Fight to Save D.C. McMillan Park Isn't Over
"The city [DC] is passing up an opportunity to do something extraordinary on a national, historic site," says Tony Norman, an attorney who's fought to save McMillan Park for over twenty years. With the court's recent rejection of a massive development that would've destroyed much of the site, D.C. now "has a chance to make it right, and get a better deal for the community."
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Dear Donald, About That Hotel
Dear Donald, Your conflicts of interest are probably nothing to worry about - like you said, "In theory, I can be president of the United States and run my business 100 percent." But truthfully, I'm concerned they could open the door to your impeachment, and I'd hate to lose a neighbor so soon...
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Dear Donald, Meet Your Councilmember
Here's my first letter to the president-elect. To help The Donald adjust to D.C., where he's none too popular, I've taken it upon myself to brief him on local issues.
Thursday, December 1, 2016
Did the Kochs Bring Us President Trump?
In "Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right," Jane Mayer zeroes in on the Koch brothers' secret network they created to push their anti-government zealotry. Their decades of work and billions of dollars help explain the rise of the extreme Right today.
Saturday, November 19, 2016(1 comments)
Post Buries Scandals of Rhee and Henderson
For nearly a decade, as Michelle Rhee and then her close friend Kaya Henderson headed up D.C. Public Schools, the Washington Post was their cheerleader. And now, ever after the anti-union duo has departed, the Post carries on. Meanwhile, Trump is rumored to be considering Rhee for Education Secretary.
See Ya, Kaya: The IMPACT on Teachers
In their near-decade atop D.C. Public Schools, Kaya Henderson and Michelle Rhee oversaw unprecedented instability. While evaluating teachers using harsh metrics, Henderson and Rhee have been far more lenient in judging her own performance.
Friday, September 30, 2016
See Ya, Kaya: The Achievement Gap
As Henderson takes her victory lap, touting her turnaround of DCPS, it goes largely unsaid that she hasn't fixed D.C.'s achievement gap, but overseen its widening.
Thursday, September 29, 2016
See Ya, Kaya: About that Legacy of Progress'
Kaya Henderson, who resigns Friday, has been at the highest levels of D.C. Public Schools for the past decade; six years as chancellor, and the three years before that as top deputy to her close friend Michelle Rhee, known for mass teacher firings and school closings.
The Washington Post, her biggest booster, says Henderson is leaving behind a "legacy of progress." But not all agree with that.
Monday, November 29, 2010(1 comments)
Pardoning a Whistleblower
Tax Whistleblower of the Year, Bradley Birkenfeld, has been jailed by the US Govt. In this interview, Douglas Birkenfeld, his brother, explains why he should be granted a pardon by Obama.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Is the FBI Out of Control?
Some of them are "guilty" of being involved in anti-war activism. Some of them are "guilty" of solidarity work in Latin America and the Middle East. But the one thing they all have in common is that they participated in, and helped organize, the protests at the Republican National Convention in '08. That and the fact that they're being targeted by the FBI.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
The Movement Against Mountaintop Removal
Injustice, resource extraction, economic exploitation, imperialism -- we don't need to travel very far at all to find examples of such things, nor to find inspiring people who are fighting back against it all.