All articles by Larry Duncan

'New' Labor Beat video... '... dissects the way mainstream politicians (Rudolph Giuliani, Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan, George Bush Sr.), conservative intellectuals and the corporate media conspired to demonize inner city neighborhoods and their residents. ..'

"Demonizing the Inner City: Ideology and the Urban Poor" in now available in a restored format On YouTube at: http://youtu.be/m8pz4xyAhAI and from Labor Beat. In light of current events and recent history, the story is . . .

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LABOR BEAT: Union leader warns against single person crews on trains

During the Pullman Labor Day events in Chicago, peopled learned about the danger of single person train crews. You can now access a video On YouTube at: http://youtu.be/dLZ-PNJ9nVs. There is a proposal currently being pushed . . .

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LABOR BEAT: History's verdict is now in on the wars from Bush to Obama

A new Labor Beat video, "The Verdict on the Wars from Bush to Obama" is now available On YouTube at: http://youtu.be/npUGZDVitA4. The video is also archived at:laborbeat.org. And for teachers and others concerned with public . . .

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Chicago Protests Collective Punishment of Palestinians now on a Labor Beat video

Chicago Protests Collective Punishment of Palestinians, a report on the July 5, 2014 protest at Chicago's Water Tower Park is no available On YouTube at: http://youtu.be/mqVA_F1GwbE. The Labor Beat video is also archived at: . . .

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Speaking truth to power... Video of Rousemary Vega at the May 2014 Board of Education meeting

Rousemary Vega, Chicago public school parent and activist, made a two-minute contribution during the public comment period at the May 28, 2014 CPS Board meeting that will probably rank among the best over the years. . . .

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LABOR BEAT: Tri National conference showed Chicago how the neoliberal attack on public education and teacher unions is a hemisphere-wide phenomenon

The Tri-National Conference in Defense of Public Education was held in Chicago over the weekend of May 9 - 11 and reminded Chicago that some of the roots of the current changes in the . . .

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LABOR BEAT: 'David Vitale, you wake up!' Rousemary Vega's confrontation with the Chicago Board of Education on May 28 is now a delightful You Tube video being enjoyed by thousands

How Can We Shut Your Door? Rousemary Vega, Chicago public school parent and activist, made a two minute contribution during the public comment period at the May 28, 2014 Chicago Board of Education meeting . . .

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LABOR BEAT: New video examines beginnings of independent politics in Chicago

A new Labor Beat video on Independent Labor Politics is now available on YouTube at: http://youtu.be/cagUbXBceVY. The video is also archived at: laborbeat.org. With anger at Illinois Governor Pat Quinn still growing among the rank-and-file . . .

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American '... insurers are selling an unaffordable, defective product,' Dr. Coates says, as he compares the U.S. health care system to other industrialized countries...' Chicago presentation by Andrew Coates MD is now a Labor Beat video

Labor Beat presents the latest critique of Obamacare -- from the left. "Beyond Obamacare, Why Labor Deserves Better" with Dr. Andrew Coates is available from Labor Beat now. The presentation, which continues the critique . . .

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LABOR BEAT: Commemoration of the life and work of Pete Camarata in new Labor Beat video

As someone pointed out at the March 23, 2014 Celebration and Memorial Services for Pete Camarata at Teamster City in Chicago, Pete was the only truck driver who ever got a 900-word obituary in the . . .

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Labor Notes conference was a big success... On privatization of public services -- 'Before you can destroy it, and move in for the kill, you have to undermine it and degrade it.'

Speech excerpts from the Friday evening and Saturday morning plenaries of the April 4-6, 2014 Labor Notes Conference in Chicago are now available in a Labor Notes video. And before the speeches begin, a . . .

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LABOR BEAT VIDEO: 'Two day strike at UIC...'

A new Labor Beat video, "Two-Day Strike at UIC" is now available on YouTube at: http://youtu.be /fp50pyPHj-U. They had been working for 18 months without a contract, so they had no other choice . . .

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OPT OUT NEWS: New Labor Beat video shows the growth of the Chicago ISAT Opt Out and boycott

A new 17-minute video from Labor Beat gives the story of the current Chicago ISAT Opt Out campaign. The video "Chicago ISAT Opt Out" is available on YouTube at: http://youtu.be/ixx-Y-5EKzQ and is also archived . . .

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International Women's Day event includes protest against McDonald's treatment of its workers

International Women's Day Visits McDonald's, a new video from Labor Beat, is now available On YouTube at: http://youtu.be/GudFUPljkoE. It is lso archived at: laborbeat.org. On March 8, 2014 (International Women's Day) the Workers Organizing Committee . . .

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British teachers

11,000 angry teachers march in London as the NUT take national strike action against Michael Gove's attacks on education, with calls to escalate the action dominating the day. Teachers are now working an average 60 . . .

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Labor Beat needs money now

Save Labor Beat. That's the slogan for this month. Most Substance readers know Labor Beat by the video links that regularly assist Substance articles in bringing out the complete story on Chicago events. Now Labor . . .

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LABOR BEAT VIDEO: 'The Charter Vortex' -- Chicago's charter school fight continues in January 2014 despite the cold

The night before the January 22, 2014 Chicago Public Schools Board meeting was one of the coldest nights this winter. But a number of public schools activists decided to do an all-night sleeping bag vigil . . .

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Pete Camarata, 1946 - 2014... Working class leader remembered with thoughts on how to build a true rank-and-file union movement

A true leader of the American working class died at the beginning of last week, and the tributes and stories have been coming in slowly, with The New York Times providing its version in its . . .

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LSC Summit (held at Chicago's Westinghouse High School, February 15) is now in Labor Beat video

The Labor Beat video "Local School Council Candidate Summit" (Chicago, February 15, 2014) is now available as a Labor Beat video on YouTube at: http://youtu.be/EwGugYLhuRo. The video is also archived at: laborbeat.org. The LSC . . .

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'The Puerto Rican constitution does not give teachers the right to protest...' Teacher protesters clash with police in Puerto Rico's Capitol building

Since December 19, 2013, members of Puerto Rico's teachers union and their supporters have beenprotesting both inside the island's Senate chamber and outside its Capitol against pension reform legislation advocated by governor Alejandro Garcia . . .

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Video shows December 18, 2013 sidewalk press conference and protests against charter schools

On December 18, 2013, a group of community activists opposing charter schools assembled on the sidewalk in front of the CPS headquarters right before a Chicago Board of Education meeting to discuss imposing more charter . . .

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New Labor Beat Video... 'Done with Democrats' released in a timely manner after Springfield vote against public worker pensions

Done with the Democrats is a new Labor Beat video on On YouTube at: http://youtu.be/u8bSkYhmk74. It is also archived at:. laborbeat.org. After the recent vote in Springfield against teacher and other public worker pensions, . . .

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LABOR BEAT: 'This not about children's education, this is more about a political game...' The Military Coup against Ames Middle School is reported in a video showing community organizing and from the December 18 Board of Education meeting

A new Labor Beat Video, "Military Coup at Ames School, is now available on You Tube. The raids against public neighborhood schools in Chicago continue...beyond the 50 closings announced last spring. The URL for . . .

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A new video -- 'Military Coup at Ames School' -- begins New Year at Chicago's famous Labor Beat

Labor Beat begins 2014 on January 2, 2014 with a major video continuing Labor Beat's ongoing coverage of the undemocratic ways in which Chicago's public schools are being run. Military Coup at Ames School . . .

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LABOR BEAT: Historic Labor Beat video shows power of the Chicago Teachers Strike of 2012

It was a little over a year ago that the historic Chicago Teachers Union strike took place -- in September 2012. The powerful militancy and wide community support from the 2012 strike is still with . . .

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SUMMER MOVIE RE-RUNS: 'Out You Go!' video of May 22, 2013 Chicago Board of Education meeting airs for Fourth of July showing police state tactics to suppress dissent during the Board meetings and censorship of the TV broadcast of the meeting afterward.... Courtesy of Labor Beat

Out You Go! is now on Cable TV as well as available through You Tube. In "Out You Go!", Labor Beat investigates two specific incidents at the recent and notorious Chicago Board of . . .

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'Out You Go!' Labor Beat video reports police state tactics against protesters and massive censorship of May 22, 2013 Chicago Board of Education meeting. Official video blacked out the manhandling of protesters before the Board voted to close the largest number of public schools in U.S. history

Out You Go! is a Labor Beat video released on June 20, 2013. The video, 15 minutes long, restores to the historical record the reality of what took place during the May 22, 2013 . . .

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Three-day march for public schools, a dramatic new half-hour Labor Beat video features speakers including Karen Lewis, Jesse Sharkey, Michael Brunson, and elementary student Asean Johnson

"Whatever happens on Wednesday, this is not over. This is just beginning. This is a movement." These are the words CTU re-elected President Karen Lewis gave to the historic May 20, 2013 rally at . . .

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A new video featuring additional footage by Labor Beat updates the Chicago struggle against school closings.

"61 Schools", a new video by Chicago's Labor Beat, tells the story of the growing resistance to the attempt by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his appointed school board to close or otherwise radically . . .

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Video shows spirit of CORE election campaign launching at the Haymarket in Chicago April 14, 2013... Voting in the two-way CTU election will be on May 17 in all schools

While the Chicago board of education does not have to run for election, the Chicago Teachers Union is a democratic institution, and it does have regular elections. On May 17, 2013, the CTU will hold . . .

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Manierre Elementary School... The Board of Education made the decision to close their school… but they came anyway to testify and promise what they will do next

April 10, 2013. Even though Chicago Public Schools had declared that Manierre School, on Chicago's Near North Side in Old Town, would be closed next September, the school community turned out to another sham hearing. . . .

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Rahm's 'carpet bombing' of remaining public schools faces growing resistance across the city... Labor Beat video entitled 'Very Dangerous Times'

An historic resistance movement is growing throughout Chicago (and one could also say nationally) to Mayor Emanuel's 'carpet bombing' closings of minority schools. The closings are not only economically and academically unjustified, they are also . . .

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HIT LIST 2013: New Labor Beat video shows North Side, West Side and South Side unite against closings and the Big Lie about an 'underutilization crisis'

Three months into the hearings and other activities around what Chicago Public School officials have tried to maintain is an "underutilization crisis," it's more and more clear that Chicago's parents, teaches, community leaders -- and . . .

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Protests against latest Chicago Hit List in new video

"61 Schools", a new video by Chicago's Labor Beat, tells the story of the growing resistance to the attempt by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his appointed school board to close or otherwise radically . . .

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CPS leaves hundreds in the cold in Logan Square as huge protests continue at 'Fullerton Network' hearing February 11

Altough the doors were scheduled to be opened at 6:30 p.m. on February 11, 2013, at the Armitage Baptist Church on Kedzie Ave. for the Logan Square ("Fullerton Network") school closing hearings, security guards kept . . .

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Labor Beat video on Pilsen Little Village closing hearing of February 6, 2013

In the second week of public hearings on proposed school closings, Chicago Public Schools held its traveling inquisition for the Pilsen/Little Village Network on February 6, 2013. By this date, after 8 hearings, . . .

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'New Direction in 1600' caucus formed in Cook County College Teachers union...Part-time City Colleges workers demanding a fair contract, benefits

On Feb. 21, 2013 a protest of the Federation of of College Clerical and Technical Personnel (Local 1708) was held outside the doors of the City Colleges of Chicago downtown headquarters in the Loop. . . .

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'Richie Rich' Billionaire Bruce Rauner has unlimited access to Rich Millionaire Rahm, while citizens are arrested at mayor's office... Video shows Chicago Teachers Union challenging CPS lies about 'underutilization' prior to the December 19 Board meeting

A new Labor Beat video shows community leaders and the Chicago Teachers Union correcting another round of factual errors from Chicago Public Schools officials. Just before the December 1, 2012 meeting of the Chicago . . .

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Obama has more in common with James Buchanan than with Abraham Lincoln... Founding of the Republican Party worth noting on anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation... Third Party not always a bad idea in U.S. history

Introductory Note: The 150th anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation is an invitation to consider where we are today, 150 years rid of Southern slavery, but now shackled to senile capitalism, assorted tumors . . .

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'Black Friday' organizing against Walmart... Chicago, Nov. 23, 2012

On 'Black Friday' (first big shopping day after Thanksgiving 2012), Walmart was the target of protests around the country that pointed the finger at the big box store's unfair treatment of its workers. Following . . .

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Labor Beat video features first week of Chicago Teachers Strike of 2012

The first week of the historic September 2012 Chicago teachers strike. Interviews and scenes from the picket lines at Amundsen HS, Kenwood Academy, Steinmetz HS, Lawndale Elementary Community Academy, Reilly Elementary, Burley Elementary, Marsh . . .

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CAN TV to present Labor Beat reports on the school closing and 'turnaround' hearings all weekend

Due to technical cablecasting problems at beginning of Labor Beat's regularly scheduled Thursday (February 16) and Friday (February 17) showings, CAN TV has graciously arranged a special scheduling of our new show about the phony . . .

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Labor Express February 20 radio show features Kim Scipes on betrayal of international working class by AFL-CIO foreign policy

This week's episode of Labor Express Radio (Monday February 20 at 10 a.m.) features: Host Jerry Mead-Lucero interviews author Kim Scipes about his new book "AFL-CIO's Secret War against Developing Country Workers: Solidarity or Sabotage?" . . .

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National 'Real News' Links Labor Beat's 'Shills and Cruel Jokes' video on hypocrisy of closing and turnarounds for national audience

&ItemidRealNews has linked to the Labor Beat video about this year's CPS Hit List. The video was entitled "Shills and Cruel Jokes." It explained the current Hit List while covering the Martin Luther . . .

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Workers return to brief occupation of American Windows and Doors — now 'Serious Energy' — after brief sit-in

Workers Strike a Deal to Try and Save Jobs. For Immediate Release. Contact: Leah Fried, UE Organizer 773-550-3022 , leahfried@gmail.com. The worker occupation of Serious Energy has ended and an agreement has been reached to . . .

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New Labor Beat Video 'What's happening in Chicago is the national model for the attack on public education...' ... 'We are the people who will save our schools!'

A new Labor Beat video out in January 2012 adds to the growing list of videos that teachers, parents, students and supporters of real public schools can draw on to educate themselves, their colleagues, and . . .

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Lengthy Labor Beat video highlights growing movement to challenge the Hit List, promote an elected Chicago school board

In early December, 2011 Chicago Public Schools announced its "hit list" — schools it is targeting for closings or turning-around. Recently, the Chicago Education Facilities Task Force created guidelines, where the CPS followed none before, . . .

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VIDEO: 'Shutdown at the CPS Board Meeting'... 25-minute Labor Beat video of the December 14, 2011 Chicago Board of Education meeting gives most detail of all Peoples Board videos

Two weeks prior to the December 14, 2011 School Board meeting, the Chicago Public Schools announced a long list of schools it wanted to either close or 'turn-around' (fire everybody and re-hire from scratch). But . . .

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'Occupy Chicago at Grant Park'... Video now available from Labor Beat on Occupy Chicago arrests at Grant Park and the tearing down of the First Aid tent

After two weeks of occupying Chicago's financial district at Jackson & LaSalle, the decision was made to march to Grant Park and occupy it. Meanwhile, Chicago's unions began to formally become involved in the occupy . . .

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Holding the LaSalle Street Bridge... Labor and Occupy mark November 17 day of actions

As part of national actions on Nov. 17, 2011 several thousand mostly labor activists marched from the Thompson Center (State of Illinois Building) to briefly take over LaSalle St. Bridge. The police arrested 46 people . . .

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School serves pregnant girls, new mothers and their babies... Students stage sit-in to block closing of their unique Detroit high school and some are arrested

According to press reports and a news release by the BAMN (By Any Means Necessary) group, students at Detroit's Catherine Ferguson High School began a sit-in to block the closing of their unique school (it . . .

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Springfield Roulette? Chicago Teachers Union: Political Strategies of Retreat or Advance

[Editor's Note: The following was sent in by Larry Duncan, who has been on the staff of Substance as an inactive reporter for some time. He has asked that we forward it, which at Substance . . .

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REPORT on Emergency Labor Meeting (Cleveland, Ohio - March 4-5, 2011)... Building Unity to Defeat Union-Busting and Concessions

Ninety-six union leaders and activists from 26 states and from a broad cross-section of the labor movement gathered at the Laborers Local 310 Hall in Cleveland on March 4-5, 2011, in response to an invitation . . .

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Open Meetings law violated... Dane County judge blocks Wisconsin union busting law

On Friday, March 18, 2011, a Wisconsin judger barred implementation of the controversial Wisconsin legislation barring collective bargaining for public workers (except uniformed services). Several articles have appeared on the judge's decision, all of which . . .

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'The Dickensian angle'... Organizing against the cuts in Great Britain unleashes creativity in video, agitation, humor

As what is expected to be the largest protest in the recent history of the United Kingdom (since the March 2003 protests against the war), organizers in the UK have been utilizing all new media, . . .

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The attack on public workers

[Editor's Note: Larry Duncan of Labor Beat forwarded the following commentary to Substance and we're running it here as part of our education campaign about current events for those few people -- mostly teachers -- . . .

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Unite HERE, hotel workers, in confrontation with Hyatt, Pritzker family

UNITE HERE (the union representing hotel and restaurant workers) hotel workers around the country are targeting Hyatt Hotels, which have been attempting to impose a whole range of "push-backs" against their workers. A push back . . .

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Activist describes government attack on our rights... How FBI raided Tracy Molm's home in Minneapolia

Tracy Molm, a Minneapolis-based Palestine solidarity activist, describes what happened during the recent FBI raid on her apartment in September, its aftermath, and her solidarity work for Palestinians. Her subpoena has now been reactivated by . . .

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You Tube video by Labor Beat... Chicago Press Conference Protests FBI Raids on Anti-War, Union Activists

On Saturday, September 25, 2010 a press conference was held to protest the FBI raids the day before on Chicago-area anti-war activists. In an attempt to intimidate and silence activists critical of U.S. foreign policy . . .

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Protest at FBI Chicago headquarters Monday September 27 at 2111 W. Roosevelt

The Committee Against Political Repression is calling for an emergency rally to be held at 4:30pm Monday, Sept. 27, 2010 at FBI headquarters in Chicago, 2111 W. Roosevelt (NOT at Federal Plaza as some earlier . . .

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