Tag Archive: black

Where Will All the Boys Go?

I’m pulling this up top again today to make sure as many people as possible see it. Are Gov. Christie’s brave new world reformers even aware of this kind of research? let alone conducting it themselves with the vast power they exercise over the Camden district and its kids? Do they even care? Promoted by Rosi, with thanks to Julia, and to her Rutgers colleague Stephen Danley, at whose excellent site, Local Knowledge Blog, Julia first published this today.

Imagine turning your public schools over to a private corporation that is unaccountable to your community; has no experience educating children like those attending your public schools; and forces most of the boys to leave before graduation?

That is exactly what the Christie Administration is doing in Camden.

The Administration is transferring control of public education to three out-of-state charter corporations – KIPP, Mastery and Uncommon Schools – that are completely unaccountable to the people of Camden.  The corporations will take hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars from existing Camden public and charter schools to build or renovate and operate 16 new renaissance charter schools.*

The three charter corporations are aggressively marketing themselves and their new facilities to Camden parents and could quickly account for 9,300 of the district’s almost 15,000 publicly-funded spots, leading to the closure of the majority of Camden’s public and charter schools.  

Chris Christie Evades Reporters Who Ask Him About Controversial “Boy” Comment

Gov. Chris Christie likes to position himself as a blunt truth-teller. But he’s considerably less interested in answering for himself when his usual tight control of message goes awry, as it did last week in Paterson.

When you ask me questions, I’m going to answer them directly, straightly, bluntly, and nobody in New Jersey is going to have to wonder where I am on an issue.

                     –  Gov. Chris Christie, May, 2010 (Star-Ledger video)

Governor. Governor, do you regret using the word “boy” in Paterson last week? Can we just get a comment, Governor?

             – Michael Aron, as Christie ignored, walked away from questions (NJTV video)

NAACP says Black women disproportionately hit by cuts

Note: We don’t normally post press releases, but I thought this info was interesting and germane to the proceedings going on right now in the State House, in terms of their impact, according to NAACP, on a particular population segment of African-American women & professionals. And, with all that’s going on, I don’t have time to tease this into a diary. So, here word-for-word is what NAACP has to say –

Study: Black Women, Professionals Would be Disproportionately Affected by Trenton’s Cuts

Ben Jealous, President and CEO of the NAACP issued a strongly worded statement, calling on Trenton leaders to respect the right to collective bargaining as a new report says moves to significantly cut the health care and pension benefits of state workers could fall hardest on New Jersey’s black middle-class – particularly on black women and black workers with professional degrees. Ben Jealous:

We see this same pattern in many states and cities across the nation.  Public sector jobs are critical in communities of color and attacks on bargaining rights and health care disproportionately affect our communities.  The NAACP nationally and in NJ supports bargaining rights, not stripping these rights at this critical time.  This recession will never end if benefits and wages continue to decline in all sectors.  Now public workers are under attack everywhere and we stand with them.

Public sector jobs have served as the gateway to the middle-class for thousands of black New Jerseyans,” said Jeffrey Keefe, a professor of Labor and Employment Relations at the Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations and author of today’s report. “But those quality jobs are now threatened by Trenton’s proposed cuts to public workers.  These cuts will fall disproportionately on African-American workers and their families, further damaging a community still struggling to recover from the economic downtown.  Black women, who make up 78% of the black public sector workforce, and Black workers with professional degrees will be particularly hard hit.

The report’s key findings include:

  • Black workers earn 93% more each year working in the public sector than the private sector ($38,091 compared to $19,698).

  • 89% of Black public employees have employer-provided health insurance, compared to just 50% of Black workers in the private sector.

  • Public sector jobs are particularly important for Black women.  78% of the Black public sector labor force is female, compared to 53% of the private sector Black work force.  

  • The public sector employs five times the proportion of Black professionals as the private sector.  40% of Black workers employed in the public sector are professionals.

  • The public sector employs college-educated Black workers at 2.5 times the rate of the private sector.  

    Approximately, 37% of Black public employees are college-educated, compared to 15% of private sector Black workers.  

  • When All Else Fails… Lie. Christie Claims NJN Workers Not Entitled To Severance Pay

    promoted by Rosi

    After handing NJN Workers 45 day layoff notices, in another cruel twist of the knife, Chris Christie has followed that up by refusing to recognize the state’s contractual obligations to NJ Public Workers entitlement to the Displaced Workers Pool (4 months severance pay) outlined in their contract.

    Mr. Christie might want to head back to law school for a contract law refresher or hire some lawyers who can read a contract and amendments before making claims that are false.

    Follow link below for citation


    Displaced Worker Pool

    Given the tendency for documents like these to be written in mind-numbing legalese, the text of this document is actually pretty plain.

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    “Glory Days Glory Days”

    “The problem was not that Americans lived beyond their means but that their means had not kept up with what the larger economy could and should have been able to provide. The American economy had been growing briskly … but a larger portion of the economy’s winnings had gone to people at the top…. The central challenge is to rebalance the American economy so that its benefits are shared more widely.” –  Robert Reich: AFTERSHOCK (Alfred A. Knopf – 2010)

    Brescia:The Cost of Inequality substantiates this lack of balance. Inequality in NJ can be viewed in terms of 1) our poverty rate: 8.7%; 2) differences in our median household income: Whites: $47,036, Black: $29,293 and Latino: $35,744; and 3) the difference between the median income of the three above groups and the State median income of $64,470, suggesting a number of individuals with a disproportionately high income. In comparison with other states NJ fares worse, but not significantly so because these disparities have become widespread throughout the U.S.

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    New Jersey 4: Two Convictions Overturned! Struggle Continues

    (Originally posted on the Bilerico Project, America’s best LGBT blog, by Jessica Hoffmann, editor of LA-based feminist magazine make/shift.)

    The convictions of Terrain Dandridge and Renata Hill, two of the New Jersey 4, have been reversed. The NJ4 is a group of young black lesbians imprisoned after fighting back against a homophobic attack. The handling of this situation by not only the criminal-legal system but also popular media tragically exemplifies the sexism, heteronormativity, and racism of those interlocking power structures.

    From the press release: