Friday, September 27, 2019

Close the Camps Campaign- Oct 12

antiracismdsa: Close the Camps Campaign: Here is the campaign. Stop the War on Immigrants -- A Call to Action on October 12 From the day h...

Thursday, September 26, 2019

SCUSD Ends 2018-19 With Unrestricted General Fund Surplus

SCUSD Ends 2018-19 With Unrestricted General Fund Surplus: In 2018-19, the Sacramento City Unified School District submitted five budgets. In each of the budgets, the District projected massive deficit spending from $20 to $34 million, while District administrators and the School Board repeatedly told the public that the District was on the verge of being taken over by the State. Last night (Labor …

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

How We Can Beat Trump's Racism in 2020

A road map to neutralizing the role of racism as a divide-and-conquer political weapon

Ian Haney L√≥pez believes that Trump wants 2020 voters debating whether he is a "racist" — it's his strategy for winning.

In 2014, he published Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class. In the book, he named and explained how politicians used coded racial appeals as part of a strategy of racial divide-and-conquer to help the 1% get even more powerful.

His new book, Merge Left: Fusing Race and Class, Winning Elections, and Saving America, explains how the political exploitation of coded racism has evolved under Trump — and suggests an evidence-based approach on how to beat it.

The evidence comes from the two-year race-class narrative research project involving focus groups and national polling.

The takeaway is that naming racism as a weapon of the rich and calling for coming together across racial lines proved to be the most effective way to defang the Right’s racial fear narratives and to build broad cross-racial support for racial justice as well as for economic populism.

Download Chapter 10: 20/20 Vision: Comparing the Left’s Possible Responses to Anti-Immigrant Dog Whistling here.


Saturday, September 21, 2019

California Ethnic Studies Curriculum Conflict

Dozens of teachers, activists, former officials and community members from all over California packed the California Department of Education on Friday to give their input on how the state should move forward with the ethnic studies curriculum. 
The curriculum, which was shelved because of its controversy, was put back on the table this week after State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond announced Monday he supported a plan to revise the curriculum. The State Board of Education will vote on it in 2020.
The curriculum, which is being created through a bill signed in 2016, is currently meant to serve as a guideline for schools, and an ethnic studies course would be a requirement for high school graduation. Currently, one out of five California high schools offer a course in ethnic studies.
On Friday, the education department’s Instructional Quality Commission, which advises the state board on curriculum issues, met and listened to hours of public comment both for and against the curriculum. 
Many of the original 18-member committee who created the curriculum spoke in support of keeping the draft, and revising it. More than 8,000 people signed a petition to save the curriculum.
The proposed 550-page curriculum was designed by ethnic studies leaders from various school districts and universities, appointed by the State Board of Education. It received support from 22 California State University Ethnic Studies departments, educational leaders throughout the state, and both the San Francisco Unified and San Diego Unified School Districts.
But the curriculum was also met with criticism from various groups, namely the Jewish Caucus and Jewish and pro-Israel community organizations. The Jewish legislative caucus criticized the draft curriculum, stating in a letter written to the Instructional Quality Commission that the curriculum omits discussions of anti-Semitism and delves into the Israeli-Palestinian conflict “with strong bias and little nuance.” The caucus also stated that the curriculum is too critical of Israel.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

How Obama ( and the Democrats) Failed Us

“He chose an economic recovery plan that benefited educated, well-off people much more than the middle class,” writes Reed Hundt, a Democrat who is a former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, in his recent history of Obama’s first two years, “A Crisis Wasted.”

Sandy Hook Promise school shooting PSA

And the Right Wing spends it time criticizing teachers.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Causes of Migration- Honduras

Ismael Moreno Coto, SJ

“Padre Melo” 

will discuss the root causes of mass 
migration from Central America, focusing on the ongoing human rights crisis in Honduras. 

Sponsored by
Sacramento Solidarity with Honduras Coalition

St. Francis of Assisi
Pathways for Justice

St. Ignatius Parish

Unitarian Universalist SS

Sacramento Area

Racine Dominican Sisters

Date and Time: Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at 7:00 PM

Location: Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
2620 Capitol Ave, Sacramento, CA 
Enter on 27th Street for Free Parking 

Cultural Presentation TBA

Reception to follow

International Human Rights Award Winner
Director of Radio Progreso and ERIC-SJ 
(center for reflection, research, and communications) in Honduras

Free Will Offering

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