On Saturday, May 9, the 1200 or so delegates to the Massachusetts Teachers' Association (local affiliate of the National Education Association) Annual Meeting elected as their new president a member of the insurgent MTA caucus, Educators for a Democratic Union. Barbara Madeloni, a contract (adjunct) faculty member from UMass Amherst, will assume the presidency of the MTA when the term of the current president expires in mid-July.
A good chunk of the debate on l'affaire Donald Sterling seems to be focusing on the legality of the taping of the conversation between Sterling and his girlfriend. This debate turns around issues of privacy - the private nature of the conversation - and whether something spoken between two people, in manner of a confidential exchange, can be subject to criticism of a public nature. Set aside for a moment the laws against and the ethics of secret recording.
In mid-April, Vijay Prashad, sentinel thinker of the Global South, paused after returning to Beirut from the Bekaa Valley. Focusing away from his surroundings and momentarily halting his ongoing commentary on the Indian elections to his East, Prashad gazed west to New York City. “I can’t believe the news I just heard.
On April 14, 2014, longtime activist and registered nurse, Sandy Eaton spoke at the Center for Marxist Education on the health care industry. The health care industry comprises 17.9% of the US economy, the healthcare industry incorporates Minute Clinics and GE, for-profit and not-for-profit conglomerates, community health centers and academic medical centers, drug and device manufacturers, public and private insurance and funding streams. How did it get this way? Where is it going? These and other questions were discussed by Sandy Eaton in his talk.
Filmed by Doug Enaa Greene
Author's Note: Former Polish cavalry officer, escaped prisoner of the Nazis, and ardent Catholic Jan Karski risked his life and dared to confront US President Franklin Roosevelt early with the first-hand truth of the Nazi holocaust, asking that US forces destroy paths into death camps and save the
This teach-in took place on April 5, 2014 at Northeastern University in Boston, Mass.
Here is the teach-in statement of purpose:
Communist historian Doug Enaa Greene lectures on the activist, historian and novelist Victor Serge (1890-1947) at the Center for Marxist Education. Serge was originally an anarchist in his youth, who became a communist after 1917, an ally of Leon Trotsky and a heterodox Marxist. Victor Serge's many works chronicle, in eloquent and brutal honesty, the revolutionary experience of his generation.
As an enthusiastic participant in the Occupy Movement I recognized, like many others, that it was time to act and “do something.” Here was a movement that, however inarticulately spoke the language of class struggle and questioned the way wealth and power in society was distributed. Yet I could never really hide a certain level frustration with what we were doing at Occupy. Despite the exciting exchange of ideas and the feeling of being a part of something important, the potential energy of Occupy never acquired adequate forms of organization with a set goal.