Monthly Archives: May 2009

Autumn Glen: A Teacher’s Perspective

The families who lived at the Autumn Glen apartment complex in Rantoul had their lives totally upended after being forcibly removed from their homes. The residents of Autumn Glen paid an extra fee in their rent to pay for the … Continue reading

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Nelson Algren, Chicago Author and U of I Grad, Turns 100

Lumpenproletariat, me trespassed private property wondering always how it comes there‘s just no rest for such poor bums. BORN IN 1909, NELSON ALGREN wrote novels of the underclass, those who Marx described as the “lumpen proletariat.” Before he became a … Continue reading

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Five Ring Circus: Olympics and Resistance

The Olympics have been mythologized as a venue where athletes from all over the world can be unified in a contest of the world‘s greatest athletes despite political and social differences. However, the reality is that the Olympics have been … Continue reading

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Fix U.S. Foreign Policy, Pass the Employee Free Choice Act

SOMETIMES A “STRATEGIC” opportunity for reform comes along which changes the playing field for efforts to win other reforms in the future. The passage of the National Labor Relations Act was a strategic reform. It empowered the people previously excluded … Continue reading

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Some Notes on the Social Forum Phenomenon

THROUGH THE MONTHS OF 2000 around Brasil and parts of Latin America, there was concerted effort to bring together parts of civil society, historically disenfranchised over decades of dictatorships and economic hegemony by the North, mainly by the Monroe (en)Doctrinated … Continue reading

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May Day, Then and Now

THIS MAY 1ST WILL MARK THE FOURTH large scale celebration of May Day (International Workers’ Day) in the United States. This holiday, which was born of events in Chicago in 1886, was suppressed and became almost completely lost to American … Continue reading

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