The Democrats, specifically Barack Obama and his two education secretaries (Duncan and King), paved the way for Betsey DeVos... So it's time for an examination of the policies of the Democratic Party as leaders whine about DeVos...

Now that Donald Trump is in the White House and the Obama family is moving into their new home, it is high time that many of us began discussing how and how much "we" lost . . .

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Most of the 'education reform' proposals being supported in 2017 by Betsy DeVos and Donald Trump were pioneered after 2009 by Barack Obama and his Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan (above right). The union busting and anti public schools agenda now coming from the Republicans (and supposedly being opposed in 2017 by Democrats) was the vision of Obama in his book

Donald Trump's first 24 hours as President of the United States brings global protests, with one of the largest in the world in Chicago...

It looks like tens of millions of Americans are not ready to "get over it." The supporters of Donald Trump may be trying to chant "get over it, you lost!" but across the planet protests . . .

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One of the signs carried during the massive march in Toronto, Canada, on January 21, 2017. CBS News photo.

Donald Trump continues e-mail fundraising hustles even after he becomes President of the United States!... Trump will get a 'friends' list... 'I am compiling a list for our next president of all those grassroots supporters who have renewed their commitment for the 2017 year as Sustaining Members...'

Anyone who believes that the Trump businesses would stop hustling just because Donald J. Trump was sworn in to be the 45th President of the United States of America on January 20, 2017, was as . . .

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Ronna Romney McDaniel, left (niece of Mitt Romney), was appointed chair of the Republican National Committee by Donald Trump the day he appointed her predecessor to be White House Chief of Staff. No sooner had Trump been sworn in as President than McDaniel began fundraising in the name of the President of the United States. McDaniel told Trump supporters who received the January 20 email that she would be providing the President with a list of all those who added contributions to the Republicans now that Trump is President.

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 . . .

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One of the many questions for the petit bourgeois ivy League socialists who sometimes publish works like

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 . . .

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CPS headquarters at Madison and Dearborn in Chicago.

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, . . .

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During the years after the 1954 Brown decision, the most widespread opposition to school desegregation took place via vouchers. What happened is this: School boards (across the South) would close all public schools. Then the public money would be issued to white families in the form of vouchers to attend white

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 . . .

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Local 150 headquarters was where the Chicago Teachers Union's House of Delegates met for six years.

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 . . .

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The massive and dramatic protests that filled the Wisconsin state capitol building (above) against Governor Scott Walker's union busting plans and legislative proposals made international news in early 2011. What was left out of the narrative, however, was that Walker had won power in Wisconsin because of the same lame policies of the Democratic Party that were to result, a few years later, in the Donald Trump presidency.

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 . . .

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The map tells part of the story about why people are leaving Illinois.

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 . . .

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Anyone who wants to make the effort can easily learn more than enough information about the PEOPLE and FOLKS, the two enormous gang

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 . . .

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While no one can be certain that Lyndon Johnson's attempts to bring peace in Vietnam in 1968 would have been successful, it is now clear as a matter of historical record that Richard Nixon and his staff sabotaged all attempts to bring peace prior to Nixon's victory over Hubert Humphrey in the November 1968 voting.

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 . . .

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Poster for the march...

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 . . .

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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 . . .

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The many Amelia Bedelia books are still available and loved by children, despite the fact that they do not match Common Core standards.

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 . . .

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Betsy DeVos (left) will be U.S. Secretary of Education if confirmed. Her millions of dollars helped undermine public schools in Detroit and elsewhere in Michigan as she pushed for massive charter school proliferation in her home state.

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 . . .

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Chicago's transit worker unions join forces for the fights...

We Move Chicago: Transit Workers Activate
December 21, 2016. Emphasizing to union membership and to Chicago Transit Authority management that class relationships are moving into a new phase, Locals 241 and 308 of the Amalgamated . . .

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Hunter Thompson predicted Trumpism years ago... A new look at the Hell's Angels and reality in the USA...

As we approach the inauguration of Donald Trump as President of the United States of America in a few weeks, there have been a number of people trying to make sense of the 2016 presidential . . .

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Rebels on Harleys, the Hell's Angels began as a group of World War II veterans.

Rahm began gloating to The New York Times as soon as the sellout CTU contract was approved by the negotiators and the so-called 'Big Bargaining Team'...

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel didn't even wait until the Chicago Teachers Union's House of Delegates was railroaded through an unprecedented quickie vote on the "Tentative Agreement" (the new contract) before he began using his private . . .

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One of the thousands of emails from Mayor Rahm Emanuel's private account reveals that Rahm was gloating to The New York Times two days after the CTU officers and the so-called

UNION NEWS? CTU's 'Executive Team' is no longer looking for the union label when it buys stuff. Walmart and Aramark are now getting business from the union's leaders at the new union headquarters...

Those union members who no longer buy Oreos or Hostess Brands products (including Twinkies) because of union busting were surprised to hear that the executives of the Chicago Teachers Union are using Walmart products and . . .

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After they moved into the Chicago Teachers Union's new offices at 1901 W. Carroll St., union workers at the CTU noticed that the union's officers were utilizing Walmart products in their washrooms, and that the union, instead of hiring its own workers for janitorial work, contracted the work to Aramark.