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My First Day as a Professor at the Scuola de Bollenti Spiriti – the School of Hot Spirits!

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Taranto   The Scuola de Bollenti Spiriti, which is translated as the School of Hot Spirits, is an unusual name which may strike you as different, but in this case that’s a good thing because it is different and in quite a good way.  The school took applications from all over the state of [...]

John Beam, Veteran of ACORN’s Heroic Era

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New Orleans     More than 15 years ago during the HOTROC organizing campaign for hotel workers in New Orleans, I worked with an organizer named David Keiffer. Dave had been around a number of organizations before partnering with me and flying an AFL-CIO banner at the time with stints going back to [...]

Big Environmental Groups Play Transactional Politics with Climate Change

New Orleans    I’ve read Toronto-based author, researcher, and activist Naomi Klein’s books No Logo and Shock Doctrine with interest. Unquestionably, Klein has established herself as one of the premier corporate critics among the progressive forces, and that’s a good thing. Wading into her latest book, This Changes Everything, in which she addresses climate change, I [...]

The Limits and Pitfalls of Google’s Search Engine

New Orleans      It’s true that none of us seem to be able to live without Google.  There are other search engines, and for one reason or another many of us dip our toe in and still find later, despite our misgivings, that we are still using Google mail even knowing they keep everything forever and share with [...]

Suppressing the Vote and Keeping in Simple in Arkansas

Dallas         The Republican voter suppression efforts around the United States are such a yo-yo between legislatures, courts, and more courts that god only knows how much the voters in many of these states will be confused as they go to the polls in November or, as likely, as they stay home, [...]

Voter Suppression Spreading to the United Kingdom

New Orleans      There’s a new virus spreading. This time it’s not Ebola or something from the Middle East or Africa, but the pernicious attacks on democracy through voter suppression now leaping from the United States to United Kingdom.

Not surprisingly, it starts easily enough with some seemingly small tweaks in voter registration. In the [...]