Author Archives: Antonia Darder

About Antonia Darder

Antonia Darder is a professor at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She is a longtime Puerto Rican activist-scholar involved in issue’s relating to education, language, immigrant workers, and women’s rights.

Awakening to The Limits of the Obama Presidency

There are folks who seem to keep hoping that Obama has a “progressive” side which we will all soon see emerge—reminiscent of the transformation of Clark Kent to Superman in the phone booth. Yet, I can’t help wondering if all … Continue reading

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Is it Fear of Uprisings or Altruistic Punishment?

As the uprisings are spreading around the world and in the United States, there are many who feel fear, reticence, and intense skittishness about what is transpiring. Yet, this anxiety, rather than surprising, is well-cultivated by the contemporary hegemonic forces … Continue reading

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Turkish Teacher Union Activists Arrested

When I arrived to Ankara, Turkey on Friday May 29 to speak at an international conference sponsored by the Teachers Union, Egitim Sen, I was informed that police forces had launched operations against their parent union, KESK’s (the confederation of … Continue reading

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Cherrie Moraga: Still Loving in the War Years

I am the welder. I understand the capacity of heat to change the shape of things. I am suited to work within the realm of sparks out of control. I am the welder. I am taking the power into my … Continue reading

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The Great Mother Wails

The Earth extends her arms to us; Revealing through her nature the changing condition of our existence. She bends and twists, Deflecting the swords of Our foolishness, Our arrogance, Our gluttony, Our deceit. Unbridled by red alerts or amber warnings, … Continue reading

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Surveillance: Interviews with Ruth Gilmore and Stephen Hartnett

SURVEILLANCE IS AT AN ALL TIME HIGH across the land. In schools, hospitals, stores, theatres, and street intersections, surveillance cameras have become commonplace. The Big Brother we feared in 1968 is now here in 2008, masquerading as homeland security, with … Continue reading

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1968/2008: Making Power for Change

FOR THE LAST DECADE, we have been witnessing a promise of resurgence in political activity, from small youth walk-outs to protests against the global giants—the World Trade Bank and the International Monetary Fund. Renewed anti-war and peace efforts and massive … Continue reading

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Code Pink

CODEPINK IS BRINGING THOUSANDS of women together to struggle for peace, even if it requires civil disobedience. The organization is working around the clock, to educate the public about the costs of war and its affect on the world and … Continue reading

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In Memory of U. Utah Phillips (1935–2008)

I discovered a dignified, ancient, elegant trade, one where I could own what I do and never have to have a boss again. –U. Utah Phillips Bruce Duncan Phillips, the man who went by U. Utah Phillips and whom others … 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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