Monthly Archives: May 2008

Aramark™ Makes Horrible Lunches, and Kids Do Something About It

I go to Leal Elementary School in Urbana, and our school lunches suck. Most of the kids in my class think the school lunches are unhealthy, and should not be served at our school, or any other elementary school. For … Continue reading

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Sentencing of Brian Chesley

Upon the recommendation of Assistant State’s Attorney Rob Scales, Judge John R. Kennedy agreed to a sentence of 100 hours community service for Brian Chesley. Chesley was convicted by an all-white jury of obstructing and resisting a peace officer. On … Continue reading

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Pedagogy of the Oppressed Revisited

PAULO FREIRE, THE WORLD-RENOWNED Brazilian educator, would have turned 86 years old this May. And although much has transpired since Freire wrote his seminal text, Pedagogy of the Oppressed, what seems to have remained constant, or deepened, are the structures … Continue reading

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Highlander Folk School, Education for Social Change

IN THE MIDST OF CALLS FOR SOCIAL REFORM, interested educators and volunteers should take note of the quiet history of education for social change in the United States. The Highlander Research and Education Center, originally known as the Highlander Folk … Continue reading

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Urban Planning’s Dirty Laundry

THE UIUC CHAPTER OF THE PLANNERS NETWORK organized a clothesline event in Temple Buell Hall on Thursday April 24th. The goal was to create a display of the good, the bad and the ugly done by planners and policy-makers to … Continue reading

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The Hard Truth

The hard truth of the matter is that the regime of monopolyfinance capital is designed to benefit a tiny group of oligopolists who dominate both production and finance. A relatively small number of individuals and corporations control huge pools of … Continue reading

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‘Be Realistic…Demand the Impossible!”

”It is not that our problems are that big… It’s just that we are looking at them on our knees.” —Grafitti in the Buenos Aires subte, 2003 RISING PERSONAL DEBT AND BANKRUPTCIES, falling wages, housing foreclosures, growing unemployment, increasing service … Continue reading

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The Cruel Prospect of Deep Recession

AS THE ECONOMY SHIFTS INTO REVERSE gear and the Congress and President work out the details of a proposed fiscal stimulus, some are asking whether it will be enough to keep the economy out of a recession. The answer is … Continue reading

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Dump the Campaign Rebolu!

AMID ALL THE REBOLU (as we often say in Puerto Rico) about the upcoming democratic primary on the island, the issue of poverty seems eclipsed. In the flurry of exchanges by those who often begin by stating their cultural credentials, … Continue reading

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The Closing of Chicago Public Schools

IN A SCHOOL AUDITORIUM FILLED with mostly Latino and African American and some white students, parents, and teachers, Andersen elementary school parents asked, “What does phasing out feel like? What research has been done on the effects on children and … Continue reading

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