Apr 21 2014

WHAT IS HAPPENING TO PUBLIC EDUCATION

Words from Marcia:  “The privatization of public education has become an issue of high importance to me since the GED test was privatized  and made into a test that very few of my students will be able to pass without extended study and without revamping the program. As would be expected by the for profit corporate take over, the cost for the test nearly doubled. Students will be hard pressed to pay, and there are other particulars to the test that will continue to generate more fees to the student.  As well,  the non-profits who aid students will have their accounts tapped into.”

THAT’S NOT BAD ENOUGH.  HERE ARE SOME WORDS ABOUT CHARTER SCHOOLS. 

IN NYC:  Charter schools are a scam inflicted on black and Latino children and are meant to turn education into just another profit center. These schools take public money without being accountable to the public and they are funded by organizations like the Walton Family Foundation of WalMart fame and hedge fund chieftains. There is no data which proves that they provide superior education. They don’t have to accept children with special needs and often expel children who are struggling academically because they may bring down the all important test scores they use to justify their access to public dollars.

At Public School 149 in East Harlem, special education students will literally not have a place in that school. A Success Academy charter school already in residence is expanding and the disabled children at P.S. 149 will have to be moved elsewhere.

Teachers at charter schools are akin to fast food workers. They are the least experienced and have a high rate of turnover, all of which happens by design. The hedge fund honchos and the Walton Family Foundation want to get rid of the teaching profession and make educators as insecure in their work lives as everyone else in the country.

READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE HERE

IN CHICAGO:  Corporations primarily build profits in this relationship through tax credits. The New Markets Tax Credit imposed during the Clinton presidency allows private companies to receive up to a 39 percent tax credit if they invest in charters. This loophole would allow a lending company to double its profits in only seven years.

In addition to that tax credit, corporations suck funds from charters with a caveat. Some companies will only donate to charters if those schools purchase the company’s products.

Diann Woodard, the president of the American Federation of School Administrators warned last year that these contracts are easier to negotiate with charter schools, “where they are often uninhibited by public schools’ procurement rules and standards requiring a demonstrable, educational need for technology.”

In other words, these charters may not even need to replace the technologies they already have. Rather, they spend the public funds allocated to them on these unnecessary purchases.

While the mission of charter schools doesn’t inherently advocate this corporate takeover, these loopholes have allowed the private sector to siphon a growing share of public education funding.

READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE HERE

A RESULT: WE TAXPAYERS WILL PAY AND PAY AND PAY AND PAY – - – - – - – -

THE VIDEO IS ABOUT THE NYC PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Apr 11 2014

PROTEST CORRUPTION

Rally Tomorrow  to protest Corruption and Greed

Saturday, April 12 at 1000 am. 

MEET AT FARMERS MARKET
East Chestnut Street & Railroad Avenue

PHOTO TAKEN AT 1100 – SAME PLACE

THEN THE RALLY WILL CONTINUE ON AND INCLUDE THE SKAGIT VALLEY TULIP FIELDS

FOLLOWING IS A SYNOPSIS OF THE PROBLEM

JOIN US!

Apr 04 2014

JOIN THE WAVE OF TRANSFORMATION

The Worldwide #Wave of Action (go HERE) begins today (April 4) and runs through July 4.  During this three month cycle, people throughout the world will be protesting corruption, rallying around solutions and taking part in alternative systems.  The new paradigm will be on full display. It will take 3.5% of the population taking non-violent action to create meaningful and positive change. 

We at OCCUPY BELLINGHAM are part of this “movement of movements”.  Everything that we and our allies throughout Whatcom County do will be part of this global action.

Start today and join folks at the Federal Building in downtown Bellingham at 4:00 pm for the peace vigil and we can connect with allies, honor Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy of non-violent action and talk more about this exciting time ahead.

We have power in numbers.  United we are unstoppable.

OUR TIME HAS COME!

 

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Apr 03 2014

END CORRUPTION IN OUR GOVERNMENT

This video is about Represent US a new web site. Get ready.  We have our work cut out for us now.  The McCutcheon ruling changed things and tells us just how bad things have gotten. 

ANOTHER GREAT VIDEO ABOUT THE LATEST SUPREME COURT RULING.  McCUTCHEON v. FEC

WAKE UP.  STAND UP.  SPEAK OUT.

Apr 02 2014

OPPOSE McCUTCHEON SUPREME COURT RULING

mccutcheon-photo2929TODAY IS THE DAY

 THE SUPREME COURT HAS ISSUED IT’S 5-4 RULING THAT INDIVIDUALS CAN POUR AS MUCH MONEY INTO ELECTIONS AS THEY CHOOSE (AND HAVE).  This does for individuals what Citizens United did for corporations.  If we are going to get money out of elections we must act NOW.

Today at 5-7 many people will gather at the Bellingham Federal Building, Magnolia and Cornwall.  We must have a huge turnout to show that we have had enough, more than enough!

An article from the Washington Post tells about it HERE

Mar 24 2014

ANNUAL CESAR CHAVEZ POTLUCK

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Mar 18 2014

LEGALIZE DEMOCRACY

 

A short video shows what Citizen’s United v. FEC was/is about.

This video can be found on the WAMEND web site.

Or you can find the link to WAMEND on the left side of the main page.  It is one of many great videos to better understand this cause so you can be more affective as a signature gatherer. 

THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR WORK.

Mar 03 2014

IS ANYTHING DIFFERENT TODAY?

Here we go again.   Imperialism on the march!

This time we’ve got our eyes on the European Continent, Ukraine and the Crimea. 

Can we  stop this when our military is part of the corporate industrial complex.  Maybe even the biggest?

This video is old – but so relevant and tells a story of U.S.A. Imperialistic ways so well.

 

Feb 22 2014

MOVE TO AMEND

Help Us Pass I-1329

Join the movement make WA state the 17th State to call for an amendment to Get Big Money and Corporations out of our elections process…

WE NEED EVERYBODY’S HELP TO  WIN THIS ONE!

Pickup a petitions and other materials:

1st and 3rd Mondays FROM 5:30-6:00 pm

Whatcom Peace & Justice Center,  1220 Bay Street Bellingham

Or Call 

Margaret 360-7520075 or Debbie 360-920-0981

WE CAN OVERTURN CITIZENS UNITED

WAmend Volunteer Sign Up

Wamend Website for more information

Feb 21 2014

FIGHTING BACK AGAINST SPYING

We missed out on creating any action for  “The Day We Fight Back”  that occurred around the nation on February 11, 2014.  The fight is not over and here is some motivation to think about how we can create some action.

For now we can write, phone and email our legislators about whatever legislation is in the mill.  Many in Occupy Bellingham have been providing us with articles and web sites related to this issue.  Stay tuned and involved.

Popular Resistance is a great web site for staying in tune with current issues.  It’s linked  on our front page (to the left)

 

 

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