Next in line for 'balance' will be Hitler, whose intention were 'good' according to the Burns balancing act... Historians and activists weigh in against Ken Burns's lies about America in Vietnam...

One of the greatest lies of all is that tyrants did their deeds for the "best intentions" -- and that is precisely what Ken Burns is peddling in his latest foray into history, his Vietnam . . .

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One of the most dramatic protests against the U.S. imperialist attack on Vietnam came in April 1971, when veterans organized

Board meeting

I was about ten minutes early for the FY18 Capital Plan hearing, one of four, at 6:00 -8:00, at Bridge Elementary School,3800 N. New England Ave. on August 21. I have attended a couple of . . .

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Ken Burns on Vietnam... Boomers Teach the Grandbabies More Lies Ahead About the Wars on Vietnam

[img=9870]They are at it again. They need to beat their own dead horse to death once more. The US rout in Vietnam must be mystified again — to unite a nation reeling from the promise . . .

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The much heralded Ken Burns Vietnam film arrived in September 2017, with much commentary.

'Members First' caucus schedules first meeting of the new school year in growing challenge to CORE and the 'Sharkey - Lewis Sellouts'...

After more than a year of meetings, with the number of participants growing in number each month, the group calling itself "Members First" will hold its first meeting of the 2017 - 2018 school year . . .

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Labor Day Update: 'Right to work' laws expanding... Right wing alliance prepares broad attack on public worker unions...

While there were still a number of Labor Day events across the USA actually featuring "Labor" (meaning unions), the main features of the current era are the continuing attacks on unions by right wing activists . . .

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Students speak out at CPS budget hearing... 'How can you say we are the future when you are constantly taking our future away?'...

Three Lindblom seniors, Nathan Petithomme, Jasmine Curtis, and Alissa James-Anderson, addressed the Board of Education at last Wednesday’s (August 21, 2017) budget hearing. The students all criticized Chicago's budget priorities and offered better ways to . . .

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Lindblom High School student Jasmine Curtis speaking at the August 2017 meeting of the Chicago Board of Education. Substance photo by Katie Osgood.

Pocket calendar eliminated after more than a half century?...Chicago Teachers Union members facing more unpleasant surprises about the union leadership's lies and sellouts as another new school year begins...

Members of the Chicago Teachers Union returned to work on August 29, 2017, to learn that their union leaders still have not provided them with a printed book copy of the contract under which they . . .

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Rahm DeVos? Betsy Emanuel? CTU opposing what it claims are Chicago mayor's plans for school vouchers...

On August 22, 2017, the Chicago Teachers Union issued the following press release. The union expressed its shock that Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is considering joining the Trump administration's education policies by supporting a form . . .

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Since he was first elected vice president of the Chicago Teachers Union in 2010, Jesse Sharkey has regularly bettered Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner (above right) in TV discussions like the above one on Chicago Tonight.

Dramatic protest gets widespread notice as children take desks to the 606 Trail to protest poor funding for CPS...

I didn’t really know what to expect when I rode my bike on the 606 Trail near my house on August 10, 2017. I knew that there was supposed to be a 9:30 a.m. demonstration . . .

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Protesters on the

Rat on Western Avenue... Carpenters union pickets non-union site in Lincoln Square...

I was driving down Western Avenue on August 16th and saw a big rat displayed. There were two demonstrators out in front of an apartment building being built on Eastwood and Western Avenue. There were . . .

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Carpenters union pickets a non-union job site on Western Ave in Chicago. Substance photo by Jean Schwab.

School funding was discussed at Humboldt Park meeting...

On Monday, July, 31, 2017 I attended a meeting on school funding at Humboldt Park Library. The first visual to catch my eye was a list of money added or taken away from schools around . . .

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Chicago home of the 'Union League' was never going to name schools or parks or other public places after the defenders of slavery and secession...Dozens of Chicago schools, parks, and communities are named after heroes of the fight to end slavery and begin the Freedom Road to freedom...

Most Chicagoans have never looked closely at the naming of Chicago's public schools or parks, but as the controversies over the residue of slavey continue to rumble across the USA it's important to note that . . .

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Although Chicago's Union League Club (above, on Jackson Blvd in the Loop) is in 2017 a well regarded hotel and party venue (many weddings are held there), the history of the Union League is rooted in the years following the Civil War. Chicago was one of the strongest places for support for the Union during the Civil War, and as a result, following the Civil War the Union League helped establish many Chicago policies. One of those was that no Chicago school was to be named after any slave-owning secessionist. Even Chicago's Lee Elementary School is not names after Robert E. Lee, but another Lee. Dozens of Chicago's elementary and high schools were named after prominent Civil War Union generals, and entire communities (e.g., Logan Square) were also named after Civil War heroes.

Second Korea War looms as Trump and American reactionaries replay scripts from the Trump-supported McCarthy years against 'North Korea'...

Let's call it what is is and has been, the "Second Korea War", just as we should have called the American phase of the Vietnam War the "Second Indochina War". Must more accurate historically in . . .

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A young Roy Cohn (right) with U.S. Senator Joe McCarthy during hearings at the height of the

Gulf of Tonkin resolution anniversary marked as U.S. moves towards

Whether the U.S. ruling class every learns from its mistakes is almost always an open question. This week marks the anniversary of the (then called) "Gulf of Tonkin Incident" which provided then U.S. President Lyndon . . .

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Donald Trump isn't the first President to be given a blank check by the majority of U.S. elected officials. By approving the

Emanuel continues TIF abuses after Crain's investigative expose of Navy Pier deal...

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel showed only the contrition he has become known for -- the contrition of a guy who is caught being unfaithful (again) -- following a dramatic and detailed revelation by Crain's Chicago . . .

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'Members First' grouping in Chicago Teachers Union continues to grow while CTU rank and file demand transparency from the 'rank and file' caucus -- CORE...

July 1, 2017 came and went, and despite the fact that the 27,000 members of the shrinking Chicago Teachers Union had entered the third year of the four-year contract railroaded by the union's leadership in . . .

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Salary analysis shows how much CTU members lost under the latest contracts...Nick Lang’s Members First April 26 CTU salary slide presentation: How the 2012 and 2016 contracts diminish our pay over time...

Before the group began officially calling itself Members First, meetings of concerned Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) members were held during the 2016-2017 school year to discuss and analyze how badly the members were faring under . . .

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Next 'Members First' meeting scheduled as CTU members' outrage over current leadership's sellouts grows...Meeting on July 26 at noon at the Pompei Restaurant on Taylor St...

The teachers union group calling itself "Members First" has scheduled a summer meeting at Pompei Restaurant, located at 1531 W. Taylor Street, on Wednesday, July 26 at 12:00 noon. Members First leaders will be sharing . . .

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Labor analysis... The Good, the Bad, the Ugly: A Lifetime with Labor By Vincent Emanuele...

[Editor's Introduction: The following is the first of several articles we will be publishing this summer in Substance. It was originally published in Class, Race and Corporate Power (July 2017) as part of a special . . .

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NEA RA continues the con game policies of its very very well-paid leadership...'All That is Pretense Dissolves into Delusions: The NEA Representative Assembly 2017'...

The 'Representative Assembly' (RA) of the National Education Association (NEA) met during the first week of July 2017, over the Fourth of July as usual. Thousands of elected delegates from across the USA and territories . . .

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California delegates to the NEA RA in July 2017.