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Chicago teacher: They didn’t think that we were serious

Union delegate Darryl Reed explained Monday that the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) began their strike on Monday to prevent teachers from being unjustly fired. “We’ve been saying all along that the [Chicago Public School system] did not think that we were this strong, did not think that we were serious,…

Gloria Steinem: Chicago teachers ‘taking it on the chin for 25 years’

Gloria Steinem, feminist author, activist and co-founder of the Women’s Media Center, said Monday during an interview with progressive talk show host Thom Hartmann that she’s rooting for Chicago’s teachers, who this week embarked on their first major strike in 25 years. “I have no role in this strike,” she…

Teacher on strike in Chicago: It is all about the students

The Chicago Teachers Union went on strike Monday, shutting down the nation’s third largest school system. The teachers insist the strike is about helping their students. “We are out here just trying to make sure that everybody knows that the real reason we are here is for the students,” a…

Texas woman pokes holes in state-recommended alternatives to Planned Parenthood

Andrea Grimes, a pro-choice writer and activist, pokes holes in a state-sponsored database that supposedly offers hundreds of alternatives to Planned Parenthood in a video published at RH Reality Check on Friday. As background, the state has forgone $40 million in federal assistance due to its efforts to defund Planned…

Marines arrested in Calif. after beating gay man unconscious

Four U.S. Marines were arrested Sunday after allegedly beating a gay man unconscious outside a Long Island, Calif. bar, according to local media reports. “I remember blacking out,” the victim, who asked not to be named, told CBS Los Angeles on Tuesday. “All I remember is being put next to…

Cory Booker: GOP platform on women’s rights ‘an affront to where our nation should be going’

Newark Mayor Cory Booker (D) told a Planned Parenthood Federation of America rally in Charlotte, North Carolina on Tuesday that the GOP’s women’s rights platform is just another reason to reelect President Barack Obama. In a reference to Republicans’ convention refrain that they loved women, Booker told the crowd, “I…

Protesters march in Charlotte ahead of Democratic Convention

Around 800 protesters marched through downtown Charlotte, North Carolina on Sunday ahead of the Democratic National Convention. Like the “Occupy Wall Street” protests that have occurred around the country, the demonstration in Charlotte attracted a wide variety of causes. Protesters decried the deregulated financial system, corporate corruption, overseas wars and…

Labor organizer: American unions lack internal radical, political education

Labor organizer and author Jane McAlevey said Monday that unions’ experience in Wisconsin last year showed the need for political education. “I think the top lesson in our view is that there is not enough internal radical, political education taking place inside of America’s unions,” she told Laura Flanders. “If…

Russian clergyman quits church after Pussy Riot verdict

A deacon in the Russian Orthodox Church says he has been the target of a smear campaign since asking to be defrocked to protest various church scandals, including last month’s imprisonment of the punk band Pussy Riot. “It was the very last straw when I realized that concepts such as…

CODEPINK protesters heckle Paul Ryan: ‘My body my choice’

Protesters affiliated with the group CODEPINK heckled Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) during his speech at the Republican National Covention on Wednesday night. Col. Ann Wright and Laura Mills shouted, “My body my choice,” and “Fund healthcare not warfare.” The two women caused a small disturbance, but were quickly drown out…

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