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Newark Students, recognized in The Nation

10659245_708430845899849_4304922068049442784_nI just want to take a second and make sure you all see this national recognition of Newark Student Union in their fight to take back their schools from the insulting, chaotic regime of Cami Anderson and Chris Christie.

I hope you can join me in getting their back, however and wherever you can. Please consider posting this to your Twitter or Facebook, with a note of encouragement from you: Via The Nation (The Nation):

4. In Newark, Students Show Up

On November 13, the Newark Students Union bused a delegation to Washington, DC, where Newark superintendent Cami Anderson was scheduled to attend a panel at the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative policy think tank, to discuss the success of the One Newark Plan and how other cities can privatize public education as it is currently happening in Newark. Startled by our appearance, the AEI staff tried everything in their power to kick us, black and brown bodies, out of the space. After an hour of patiently waiting for the event to start, it was canceled due to a “security breach.” At that point, we took control of the room and tried to explain to attendees why Anderson refused to show her face. The next week, the Barringer High School branch of the NSU walked out to protest the school’s punitive, underresourced, unresponsive environment-left unaddressed by the One Newark plan. Students were forced to stay inside by security guards and police officers, violating their right to protest. As the administration maneuvers to close schools, displacing at least 8,000 students, we will continue to recruit students and build stronger bases throughout the city for actions soon to come.

-Jose Leonardo, in Fifteen Millennial Movements Taking Off This Week, (The Nation, 11/24/14)

On Twitter: @NewarkStudents. On Facebook: Newark Students Union.

The Nation has some fun

Cheers to The Nation for spotlighting Gov. Christie’s self-serving protectionism of New Jersey’s troubling privatized system of halfway houses, dominated by a company run by Christie BFF and fundraiser Bill Palatucci, RNC member, former law partner to Chris Christie, and later his campaign strategist. Christie is so tied to Palatucci, that Palatucci used to brag he had selected a United States attorney by forwarding Christie’s résumé to Karl Rove.

For some of Blue Jersey’s coverage on the halfway house issue, click here.

Chris Christie Timeless Whoppers

See more of The Nation’s Timeless Whoppers.

Heroes and Victims

Cross-posted from deciminyan.

On the Alex Bennett radio program this morning, its eponymic host discussed the weekend’s latest “pants on fire” controversy, this one involving MSNBC talk show host Chris Hayes.

Hayes is a brilliant young man, editor of The Nation, and as progressive as they come.  He stuck his neck out with comments on his program on Sunday when he discussed the concept of heroism in the context of today’s wars:

“Why do I feel so uncomfortable about the word ‘hero’? I feel uncomfortable about the word ‘hero’ because it seems to me that it is so rhetorically proximate to justifications for more war.  I don’t want to obviously desecrate or disrespect the memory of anyone that’s fallen, and obviously there are individual circumstances in which there is genuine, tremendous heroism, you know, hail of gunfire, rescuing fellow soldiers and things like that. But it seems to me that we marshal this word in a way that is problematic. But maybe I’m wrong about that.”

(As an aside, when was the last time you heard a Fox “News” commentator use a turn of phrase as delightful as “rhetorically proximate”?)

During the weekend of barbecues and parades in commemoration of those who died in our endless wars, it was refreshing to read about a dose of reality. On Bennett’s show, he made the distinction between “heroes” and “victims.” Bennett got it right, too.