Capitalism & Climate Change – Part III: Commodifying Nature & the Market-Based Approach
Environment / Labor / Politics / Revolution

Capitalism & Climate Change – Part III: Commodifying Nature & the Market-Based Approach

Capitalism dominates the globe. It has become so enmeshed into the cultural narrative that it seems almost axiomatic. Private owners (of capital) control the means of production. The goal: build profits. The best part about it is that if everyone pursues self-interest, the market will grow and society will benefit. The invisible hand helps the … Continue reading

Open Letter to All My Brothers and Sisters in the Fight for Justice: 
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Open Letter to All My Brothers and Sisters in the Fight for Justice: 

I didn’t come into this fight because of one moment. There was no great epiphany where I suddenly realized that I needed to work to change the world and fight for truth and justice. Inspiration often comes through slowly, almost imperceptively. It is a soft sensation – a gradual awakening of the mind and spirit. I … Continue reading

Labor / Politics

REBLOG: International J-1 Students Walk Off Job at McDonald’s Due to Exploitative Working Conditions

One would think that someone working more than 8 hours a day would be compensated fairly 127 years after the Haymarket Affair and one would think that packing workers into slums, dormitories or basements would have been settled 106 years after Upton Sinclair released The Jungle, but for many living in this country these experiences are still a reality.  … Continue reading

Education / Labor / Politics

REBLOG: The Persistence of Crisis: Work Harder or Fight Back

Originally posted on ACADEME BLOG:
At my monthly department meeting yesterday, the department’s representative to our University Senate gave his report on their last meeting. As part of his report, he told us some of the concerns our university president, Javier Cevallos, expressed about a recent drop in enrollment. Cevallos’s remarks before our University Senate…

Education / Labor / Politics

Will History Repeat Itself? Temple Injunction of 1990

Note: This article was published on the Raging Chicken Press as part of a mini-series on the Temple injunction of 1990 and the current APSCUF contract negotiations.  Following the approval of a strike authorization vote by APSCUF members at the 14 campuses in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE), many are reflecting on the last … Continue reading

Gutting Higher Education
Education / Labor / Politics

Gutting Higher Education

In a meeting on October 22, APSCUF, the faculty union, once again rejected the contract proposed by PASSHE, which seeks to gut benefits and increase workloads without fair compensation. The proposal calls for a dramatic decrease – 35% – in pay for temporary faculty members, and significantly reduce health care coverage for current faculty and retirees. PASSHE’s most recent … Continue reading