The January 2017 Issue of Substance

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Wisconsin lessons for Illinois unions... Before it's too late...

[The following article article appeared more than a year ago -- before Donald Trump was elected President -- and should serve as a warning for Chicago and Illinois. The article is excerpted here. If readers . . .


Illinois moving on out!... Chicago's drug gang murders are one part of the story of the state's dysfunction...

In the 40th Annual National Movers Study, which tracks customers’ state-to-state migration patterns over the past year. Illinois is moving up the Rankings to the number two spot of the top states which people were . . .


Extending (and expanding) the Vietnam War... New research shows how Nixon sabotaged Lyndon Johnson's attempts at peace prior to the 1968 voting...

Anyone who knows even a little history knows that not all of it comes out at once, or in simple narratives. The end of the Soviet Union and the "Eastern Bloc" of Communist nations had . . .


MEDIA WATCH: Is The New York Times ending its blacklist of critics of Common Core and the Obama versions of corporate 'school reform'?...

[Editor's Note: The New York Times published a letter during the Christmas holidays indicating that they might be willing, once again, to publish critical voices against their favorite corporate "school reform" plans. A letter from . . .


Democracy Endangered When ‘Philanthro-Barons’ Try to Tip Courts

[Editor's Note. The following article was shared with Substance in December, but we decided to hold it because we hoped that the first of the year was the best time to bring it to our . . .


BOOK REVIEW ESSAY... Building Global Labor Solidarity in a Time of Accelerating Globalization, by Kim Scipes... How in 2017 the working class needs strong working class unions and internationalism as well as massive protests and resistance to reactionary laws and leaders...

This is one of those "let's read this book and then gather to discuss it" book reviews. When Donald Trump becomes President of the United States later this week, the challenge to the working class . . .


The perils of privatization under the Emanuel and Claypool regimes... Getting the COBRA runaround from CPS and the privatized vendors...

Because I had to retire from CPS a year ago to have any insurance, I went on COBRA. But instead of paying my money to CPS, I have to go elsewhere. CPS is using a . . .


The racist history of school vouchers is one of the main reasons for everyone to oppose Donald Trump's attempt to elevate ultra-reactionary Betsy DoVos to the post of U.S. Secretary of Education....

While much of the debate about the attempt by President-elect Donald Trump to elevate billionaire reactionary Betsy DeVos to the post of U.S. Secretary of Education has focused on her ultra-conservative Christian push for vouchers, . . .


Operating Engineers lawsuit defeats attempt at Illinois 'Right To Work' law...

Among the many items of good news for the New Year comes the announcement below from Operating Engineres Local 150, which won its lawsuit against the attempt by reactionaries in Illinois to put a local . . .


Gang power in Chicago politics and Illinois prisons... Marching, prayers and tears won't identify Chicago's drug gang murder problems and therefore won't solve them... Whether evasions of corruption, ignoring the PEOPLE and the FOLKs leads to the same results!

Anyone who worked directly against Chicago's sophisticated, well-organized, and very profitable drug gangs (as I did, see my biography at the end of this article) knows that certain types of marches, prayer meetings, and emotional . . .


Women's March on Washington to protest Trump inauguration January 21, 2017...

There will be a Women's March in Washington on Saturday, January 21st starting at ten in the morning. The Women's March on Washington announced that the location of our rally has been approved by an . . .


The charter school profiteers... Updates from Detroit as America contemplates the installation of Betsy DeVos as U.S. Secretary of Education...

[Note for Substance readers. The following article was forwarded to me by a friend and is rrom JACOBIN, a new magazine. "The appearance of Jacobin magazine has been a bright light in dark times," notes . . .


Chicago Teachers Union update... The nasty Christmas Eve eve surprise most union members received after believing the lies about their latest contract 'victory'...

Although many of those who voted in favor of the last-minute contract settlement offer recommended by the leadership of the Chicago Teachers Union were skeptical -- especially since they were poised to go on strike . . .


We were forced to suspend subscriptions to our print edition a year ago, and after wishing we could get back into print have finally admitted that we can only continue as an online publication. Therefore, readers can no longer subscribe to Substance on paper, but those who wish to donate will be thanked.

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