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When Do You Start Counting?
RODOLFO F. ACUÑA
When the great Muhammad Ali was asked how many sit ups he did, he responded,  “I don’t count my sit-ups, I only start counting when it starts hurting, that is when I start counting, because then it really counts, that’s what makes you a champion.” These wo...
A New Chile is Possible
RAÚL ZIBECHI
Chilean students question the education system as commercial and elitist because it reproduces existing social inequities and makes them worse. But they are not just asking questions: They are practicing the kind of education they have spent years dreaming about and strug...
Neo-Racism in the Southwest
JORGE MARISCAL
The surge of neo-racism in Arizona, especially racism directed at people of Mexican descent, has received sporadic media coverage over the past year.  But for the most part news about the economy and presidential politics has pushed off the front page Arizona’s attack ...
The Working Class Begins to Fight Back
BILL LEUMER and ANN ROBERTSON
After decades of losing ground and feeling helpless, working people are beginning to fight back. This development has emerged in part because the Occupy Wall Street movement has thrown a national spotlight on the growing inequalities in wealth and the mainstream politici...
Arizona’s War on Mexican-American Studies
ROBERTO RODRIGUEZ
Early on the morning of the 7th day, God wrote HB 2281; then he rested. That’s the way conservative Arizonans view this clearly unconstitutional and immoral anti-Ethnic Studies measure. The opponents of Tucson’s Mexican American Studies (MAS)...
Arise, Students of California
RALPH NADER
Students of California, arise, you have nothing to lose but a crushing debt! The corporate state of California, ever ready to seize its ideological and commercial hour during a recession, has a chokehold on California’s public universities. With its tax-coddl...
Student Loan Fury in the Occupy Movement
BRIAN McKENNA
Young people in the U.S. now recognize that the university has become part of a ponzi scheme designed to place on students an unconscionable amount of debt while subjecting them under the power of commanding financial institutions for years after they grad...
The Corporatization of the American University
STEVEN HIGGS
Peter Seybold traces the pernicious influence corporatization has had on the American campus back almost a decade before the Reagan Revolution of 1980, to a memo written by Richmond, Va., attorney Lewis F. Powell Jr. to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in late summer 1971....
Democracy Failure in Arizona
ROBERTO RODRIGUEZ
The experiment in Democracy seems to be failing badly in Arizona. Here, government, the state legislature, law enforcement, the educational system, the courts and the media are a testament to this colossal failure. Here, rampant hate and bigotry starts at the top and here...
Desperate Students
Rev. JESSE L. JACKSON
The sign at the Occupy Wall Street demonstration revealed the struggles of America’s young: “A B.A., $30,000 in student debt and no job.” Young people are graduating from college into the worst jobs market since the 1930s while carrying record levels of student debt...
U.S. Lags Far Behind in Worker Protection
DAVID MACARAY
If you were wondering where the United States ranks, relative to the rest of the world, in the general category of “worker protection,” there is now a precise answer available—one supplied by Professor Kenneth Thomas of the University of Missouri (St. Louis), who ba...
Affirmative Action Meets 21st Century White Supremacy at Berkeley
MIKE KING
The University of California – Berkeley College Republicans staged an anti-affirmative action bake sale this week on UCB’s Sproul Plaza to protest Senate Bill 185, that would re-introduce affirmative action in the state of California.  The bill recently passed in the...
Rahm vs. the Chicago Teachers’ Union
LEE SUSTAR
CAN WORKERS’ solidarity overcome a billionaire-funded, union-busting effort led by one of the country’s best-connected and most aggressive politicians? That’s the question facing teachers in Chicago–and their answer, to quote the mayor’...
Rick’s Perry’s Tall Tales of Texas
MICHAEL WINSHIP
Although born and raised and raised in a small town in the Finger Lakes region of New York, I’m the hybrid child of an upstate NY father and a mother from Texas — they met at Fort Hood (then Camp Hood) during World War II. And you thought different species cou...
Wall Street Goes to School
TOLU OLORUNDA
If real reform is going to happen, it has to put in place a viable, critical, formative culture that supports notions of social and engaged citizenship, civic courage, public values, dissent, democratic modes of governing and a genuine belief in freedom, equal...
Chile at the Crossroads
ROGER BURBACH
Chile is becoming a part of the global movement of youth that is transforming the world bit by bit—the Arab Spring, the sit-ins and demonstrations in the Spanish plazas, and the rebellion of youth in London. Weeks of demonstrations and strikes by Chilean students ...
The Terror of Campus Security
MALINI JOHAR SCHUELLER
As students across the country head back to their campuses this month, many parents will attempt to ensure the safety of their children by paying the absurdly high costs of campus housing. Campus housing seems safer than student ghettos and campus buildings even more so. ...
The Key to My Raise
STEVE BREYMAN
As Rick Perry readies his Stetson for the presidential campaign, it falls to the rest of us to do the distasteful but necessary chipping off Longhorn dung from beneath his craggy exterior. Karen Tumulty’s piece in the Washington Post on the Governor’s h...
Understanding Class and Species
JASON HRIBAL
“I will have a degree,” the Harvard graduate student sneered, “and you will be serving my kids fries at a drive-through on our way to a skiing trip.” “Maybe,” Will replied, “but at least I won’t be unoriginal.” –...