When:? Tuesday, April 24, 2012 – 6:00pm Where:? Boardroom @ 200 E. North Ave. More than 200 hard-working & highly-qualified Baltimore City public school teachers are facing deportation due to failures of the school administration. From 2005 to 2009 BCPSS recruited these highly-qualified and experienced teachers from the Philippines, Jamaica, and other places around the globe. For the past seven years they have been exemplary teachers, going above and beyond the call of duty for the sake of Baltimore and our youth. BCPSS is now backing down on its promises of green card sponsorship. We risk losing hundreds of outstanding teachers, with no replacements in sight except from the underpaid and inexperienced young members of Teach for America. Let’s show our solidarity with these teachers who have come thousands of miles to dedicate their lives to the future of our city.
Residents near Mexico’s active Popocatepetl volcano worry about the possibility of further eruptions. Authorities have prepared evacuation routes and shelters in the event of a bigger explosion. (April 22) Subscribe to the Associated Press: bit.ly Download AP Mobile: www.ap.org Associated Press on Facebook: apne.ws Associated Press on Twitter: apne.ws Associated Press on Google+: bit.ly
"May 1st Call To Action – Change The World From The Comfort Of Your Own Home" – MOC#135 [censored version]
Here’s a thoughtful article from Truthout about how the 1% use divide-and-conquer and other techniques to take advantage of the rest of us…? Occupy Earth Day In brief:? Occupy has been incredibly successful at changing the narrative on group identity – putting class inequality into the mass consciousness, with the mass media helping perpetuate the simple “99% vs. 1%” framing. Can we come up with a similar meme that tackles the pervasive wave of you-are-the-problem-and-solution advertising and get people thinking in terms of group action to change institutions? ? [Continues at website...]? Submitted by Ray Duray, April 22, 2012 tags:earth day,1%,divide and conquer,mike ewall
? Event Flyer, please print, share, and tell everyone you know! view/print/download PDF version:? Nashville May Day Strike Flyer
Kevin Johnson / The Chronicle A masked occupier pushes a large rototiller across a patch of arable land at the intersection of Buchanan and Jackson in Albany on Sunday. Several hundred people occupied a tract of arable land in Berkeley on Sunday where they tilled soil and planted seeds for a community garden. (04-22) 19:15 PDT Albany — A tussle between preservationists and UC Berkeley over a decade-long development project in Albany erupted into a pitchfork protest Sunday, when activists planted a renegade farm on a plot of land known as the Gill Tract in an effort to keep it agriculturally pristine. Timing their action to Earth Day, some 200 members of “Occupy the Farm to Take Back the Gill Tract” broke a lock on a gate, rototilled the soil and planted carrot, broccoli and corn seedlings on part of the 10-acre site at Marin and San Pablo avenues. The land, which lies within Albany, is owned by UC Berkeley and is part of a project designed to expand development in the area. Police were on hand at the site not long after the activists broke in at mid-afternoon. By early evening no arrests or confrontations had occurred. There was no immediate comment on the situation from UC Berkeley representatives. The university in recent years tore down and rebuilt a more modern University Village family housing complex in the area for faculty and students, two portions of a three-phase project. In the last phase, the university is poised to renovate the Village’s community center and add more new housing to the site. To raise money for the renovations, the university plans a separate project that calls for construction of a for-profit senior housing complex and grocery store on the Village land. The final segment of phase three calls for Little League fields that currently stand on Village land to be moved to the Gill Tract, occupying only about half of the 10 acres, with the rest of the land to remain open in some form, according to Albany City Councilman Robert Lieder. Preservationists want the entire Gill Tract, which they describe as pristine, to be saved as open space or an urban farm. “I wouldn’t call this property damage, I’d call it property enrichment,” said Lesley Haddock, a UC Berkeley sophomore who was part of the farm-in. “Basically what we did was pull out weeds. We’re not trying to protect it as is, but to turn it into a community hub for agriculture.” She said Occupy the Farm was not linked to the Occupy Oakland protests, but “was philosophically inspired by it.” The movement, she added, was done in solidarity with the Brazilian Movimiento Sin Tierra (Landless Workers Movement) and La Via Campesina (the International Day of Peasant’s Struggles.)