Cesar Chavez Academy Educational Philosophy →
The school will reflect the founders philosophy that: All children are capable of learning at high levels if they are taught by caring, skilled educators, challenged by an engaging curriculum, afforded adequate time and held to ambitious standards;All children come to the world with a unique set of talents and resources that should be built upon to enhance learning; Quality learning...
Farm Workers Bill Of Rights Weakened, But May Pass... →
In New York state the Farm Workers Bill of Rights has been considerably weakened in the state legislature, but the amended version nonetheless has the support of the Justice For Farm Workers campaign. The compromise bill would give collective bargaining rights only to workers who work for large agribusiness, exempting over 95 percent of New York farms. Overtime pay would not kick in until a far...
State report says Michigan migrant farmworkers... →
Thousands of migrant farmworkers in Michigan are living and working in “intolerable” and “unconscionable” conditions, according to a scathing report released Monday by the Michigan Civil Rights Commission. The report details the bad housing, discrimination and poor working conditions in the fields that many farmworkers face. The report was critical of the job several...
Prayer of the Farm Workers' Struggle →
Show me the suffering of the most miserable;So I will know my people’s plight. Free me to pray for others; For you are present in every person. Help me to take responsibility for my own life; So that I can be free at last. Grant me courage to serve others; For in service there is true life. Give me honesty and patience; So that I can work with other workers. Bring...
Occupational Health and Migrant Farmworkers
The agriculture industry is one of the most dangerous occupations in the United States. While farmworkers face workplace hazards similar to those found in other industrial settings, such as working with heavy machinery and hard physical labor, they also face unique occupational hazards including pesticide exposure, skin disorders, infectious diseases, lung problems, hearing and vision disorders,...
Modern Slavery →
In textbooks across the country, students are still taught that slavery in the US ended with the adoption of the 13th Amendment in 1865. But the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) knows better, and its Modern-Day Slavery Museum is traveling throughout Florida to drive that point home—that slavery persists in the agriculture fields of the state right up through this very day. The...
Cesar Chavez Day →
César Chávez Day was established by legislation authored by Senator Richard Polanco and signed by Governor Gray Davis on August 18, 2000. Provisions of the law are contained in the California Education Code, Section 37220-37223. 37220.6. (a) There is hereby created the César Chávez Day of Service and Learning program to promote service to the communities of...
My Top 5 Artists (Week Ending 2010-3-28) →
Beyonce (6) Sade (4) Justin Beiber (4) Selena Gomez & The Scene (4) Kevin & Bean (3) Imported from Last.fm Tumblr by JoeLaz
OH JUST FUCK IT
a client just told me that her welfare eligibility worker - a county employee administering benefits funded with state and federal money - told her that she was being “silly” for reporting domestic violence and she should “just go back and work things out” with the abuser. it’s like this rock gets ever heavier and the hill gets ever steeper and higher. are we making...
what happens when you leave the hospital?
if i go into a hospital - for complications of diabetes, or respiratory distress, or appendicitis surgery, or anything, really - i will eventually be discharged from the hospital, and i will go home. at home, i will probably rest and recuperate for another week or so before i go back to work or start doing anything strenuous. but what if i’m homeless? i’ll be well enough to be...
bonesarecoralmade: also sexy gchat status’ which i will read but not reciprocate since i’m always set to invisible because i like the idea of being able to talk to all the people i know around the world while not actually talking to any of the people i know, no matter where they are. there’s another way to use gchat?
today's tumblr recommendation: Kat O'Leary →
i love kat. kat is the bomb. you will also love kat, unless you are a rape apologist, in which case kat will school you so thoroughly you will crawl away in shame and disgrace. the only other group that may not enjoy her tumblr is those who are unable to refrain from purchasing gorgeous dresses online, as kat routinely finds amazing dresses at amazing bargains. here’s why i heart this...
Families of 153 trapped Chinese miners fight for... →
Over 1,000 rescuers fought against the clock at a Chinese coal mine where 153 workers were trapped by flooding in what could be one of the worst disasters to hit the deadly industry in recent years. China has the world’s deadliest coal-mining industry, with more than 2,600 people killed in mine floods, explosions, collapses and other accidents in 2009 alone. Anxious families at the...
The Recession Brings Families Together, Literally →
Financial necessity has brought families together not just in the figurative sense, but literally too. A new report from the Pew Research Center found that the number of Americans living in multi-generational households is the highest in the last 50 years. In 2008, a record 49 million Americans lived in households containing at least two adult generations. While the long-term reason for this...
Quake Accentuated Chasm That Has Defined Haiti →
Haiti has long had glaring inequality, with tiny pockets of wealth persisting amid extreme poverty, and Pétionville itself was economically mixed before the earthquake, with poor families living near the gated mansions and villas of the rich. But the disaster has focused new attention on this gap, making for surreal contrasts along the streets above Port-au-Prince’s central districts. People in...
was there something you wanted to know? →
given the frequency with which i run my mouth/keyboard here, it seems improbable that i haven’t touched on virtually every topic imaginable. but if there’s something you want to know, please feel free to ask. sometimes i sit on questions for a while to mull them over, but i usually get to them at some point. compelling, no?
After all… it’s Newsweek, it’s not a radical feminist journal. We don’t...– Thea Lim, Newsweek Takes On Feminism On Behalf of Young White Girls Everywhere (via melissa)
the neighborhood where i work is, shall we say, disadvantaged. it has a poverty rate at least twice that of the rest of the county. almost 40% of residents are 18 or under. over 40% were born outside the US and two out of three speak spanish at home. it’s considered a concentrated gang area and LAPD has filed multiple injunctions against area gangs. in the past week, there have been at...
Quake-hit Haitians want jobs, schools, homes:... →
Haitians say their most pressing needs in the wake of the destruction caused by the January 12 earthquake are jobs, schools and homes, according to a survey released by international relief agency Oxfam. The survey showed that of more than 1,700 Haitians polled between March 9-12, 26 percent rated jobs as their top need, followed by schools (22 percent) and homes (10 percent). Next ranked were...
This whole unemployment porn genre is honestly starting to creep me out to a...– wandering stars: Here’s A Thought (via katoleary)
10 youths slain in Mexico →
Ten students on their way to receive government scholarships were killed by gunmen at a checkpoint in the state of Durango, officials said Monday. Half of the victims were 16 or younger. The checkpoint appeared to be the ad hoc type of roadblock often set up by drug traffickers who control parts of Durango, not a military installation, state prosecutors said. Gunmen opened fire and hurled grenades...
Uganda: Almost one million at risk in Karamoja →
At least 900,000 people in Karamoja, northeastern Uganda, are facing severe food insecurity due to four consecutive years of failed rains and poor harvests, says the Famine Early Warning Systems Network. “Overall, Karamoja continues to experience widespread high food insecurity,” FEWS Net observes in its March update. At least 81 percent of the estimated 1.1 million food-insecure people in Uganda...
When a Lesbian Bar Isn't →
Perhaps this is a small quibble. But there’s something that rubs the wrong way about about how everyone’s talking today about the erotica-themed West Hollywood bar where the Republican National Committee sees fit to spend their money as a “lesbian” establishment. The club Voyeur, as everything seems to suggest, is a spectacle. It’s a zoo where you go to see women get...
Moscow Metro explosions: March 29, 2010 →
On days like today, tragedy does not remain localized. It spreads outward, from the epicenter. Beside the dead, there are the wounded. Beside the dead and the wounded, there are the traumatized. And then there are the friends and relatives of the dead, and wounded, and traumatized. Traffic is at a standstill near the affected areas right now, like a metaphor for shock. This isn’t the first time...
Ex-police chief: Mo. city told me to stop blacks →
A lawsuit filed by the former police chief of the posh St. Louis suburb of Ladue claims he was pressured to pull over blacks and set ticket quotas for out-of-towners, but be lenient with the town’s residents, even those who drove drunk. When he refused to go along, he was fired, Larry White said. His suit filed Monday in St. Louis County Circuit Court seeks unspecified damages. It names the...
Who Cares About Puerto Rico? →
Contrary to popular belief, Mississippi’s not the poorest region in America. With a 44.8 percent poverty rate, Puerto Rico (or “rich port” in Spanish, an ironic name if I’ve ever heard one), an American territory, boasts a poverty rate three times higher than the “mainland” — the fifty United States. A quick history lesson reminds us that in 1947, Puerto...
rosasparks: I take every single thing Lady Gaga says with a huge mound of salt. … She’s 100% right. Pop stars don’t eat. They can’t, for fear of losing their careers and their public support. THAT is what I find unacceptable. She’s just saying what no one feels comfortable saying. Her admission isn’t brave, it’s obvious. It’s like acknowledging that Glenn Beck is a race-baiting asshole....
African women’s depression rising →
Cases of anxiety and depression, two leading mental health illnesses, are on the rise among women in some African countries, thanks to the current difficulties in the economy, gender roles and violence, writes Arthur Okwemba. Findings of study done at Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi by the African Mental Health Foundation shows that 42% of adults and 41% of children who went to the facility...
Global downturn hits Africa's poverty target →
Africa is the only continent not on track to meet the U.N. millennium development goal of halving poverty by 2015 because of the impact of the global economic downturn, a U.N. agency said on Thursday.