Providence’s Attack on Teachers

March 14th, 2011 | Posted by John Cronan Jr. in Papers - (Comments Off)

On February 22, the Providence Public School Department (PPSD) Superintendent Tom Brady and Mayor Angel Taveras announced the mass firing of all 1,926 teachers in Providence schools. It was approved in a 4-3 vote of the PPSD School Board. This can be and has to be characterized as nothing more than an attack on all working people of Rhode Island, particularly in an attempt to bust the unions, and, whether intended or not, an attack on Providence’s children and families. Read more

A Response to the War on Women

March 8th, 2011 | Posted by Eliot Tarver in Papers - (Comments Off)

A healthy and just birth culture, which puts the woman in charge of her own process, is only possible in a society which allows birth to be a choice — not an obligation. Birth and parenting should be rewarding and fulfilling, but this means that women and families need to be raising children because they truly want to. Read more

Domino Theory, Tunisia Style

February 5th, 2011 | Posted by Casimir Sakowsky in Papers - (Comments Off)

These revolutions not only demonstrated the speed with which social change can inspire and spread, but also provided the world with a 21st Century model of a participatory, egalitarian and political movement. Though some of the protests have been endorsed by opposition candidates and parties, none of them were organized by political factions. Most of the participants are not members of political parties or radical groups, and many of the protestors had not previously been politically active Read more

On Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and Supporting Our Troops

December 28th, 2010 | Posted by Michael Strom in Papers - (Comments Off)

Any alleged act of inclusion that pits those oppressed at home against those oppressed abroad and defines power in terms of exploitation and violence is fundamentally at odds with the struggle for a truly free society. Where physical and emotional violence, bullying, suicide, homelessness, mental illness, housing and employment discrimination, police harassment and brutality, and countless other injustices threaten queer people all over our nation, we cannot accept a militarized, superficial version of “justice.” We don’t have time for that. Read more

Some Thoughts on the Response to the Assange Case

December 22nd, 2010 | Posted by Angi Becker Stevens in Papers - (Comments Off)

But I believe what we need is to approach this situation with a holistic analysis and recognize that this does not have to be a case of either/or; that it is possible—and, I would argue, necessary—to stand in solidarity with the WikiLeaks project while at the same time refusing to perpetuate a patriarchal rape culture. Read more