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Leaving Education Because I Love Teaching Too Much

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The day began with an exclamation mark! My partner Humanities teacher and I had a guest to introduce to our 6th grade students; an expert artisan who works with papermaking and who wanted to be introduced as “Grandma.” We had just begun our study of India, launching into it by presenting students with a visual array of images instead of the usual hand out or work sheet because that’s the way our charter school has agreed to do such things. Known to be a “hands-on” school,…

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Tales from behind the Iron courtain

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I am remembering... I am remembering now. It was in  '79... or '80 and I was sitting on the stairs of my grandfather's house. My grandfather was sitting next to me. More correctly to say I was sitting next to him and we were looking at the high mountain in front of us. And I am remembering my grandfather saying: "Fifteen years ago people still believed in all this..." And he whispered something I didn't hear.   I didn't know then there were a Cold war and an Iron curtain. I was 7 years…

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Photos from Riot Folk, Ryan Harvey IOPS-NYC cultural event

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  Photos from IOPS-NYC's first brooklyn cultural event:   (this event happened on Sat, January 19th at the Brass Bottle Bar in Bushwick)  1)      IOPS-NYC member presenting on the Transpacific Partnership agreement     2)      Ryan Harvey of Riot Folk playing "Songs from the Global Uprisings"      3)    NYC-IOPS chapter member presenting on Parecon.  4)    Coordinators of The Base presenting on their new…

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Just a Bit of Politics

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Just a few very general theses, an extended improvisation perhaps around the core IOPS values of solidarity/mutual aid and self-management/participatory democracy.   A BIT OF POLITICS: 13 Theses on the Good Society One’s regret is that society should be constructed on such a basis that man has been forced into a groove in which he cannot freely develop what is wonderful, and fascinating, and delightful in him – in which, in fact, he misses the true pleasure and joy of living.  …

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IOPS meeting in Dublin 22nd Jan 2014

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IOPS meeting in Dublin 22nd Jan 2014 6 members attended. The agenda for the meeting included a proposal by the Austrian chapter and an evaluation of the ecological section of the vision statement. We began by discussing a proposal by the Austrian chapter. The Austrian chapter got in touch with members of IOPS in Ireland to open up lines of communication in the hope that we could work together. They suggested something around basic income, or an event during the European week of action in May 15th-25th-…

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One of our Jobs is to Gather a Collection of other organisations working for change

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We should be big collectors of other organisations and people who are working for human justice and ecological harmony. There are so many people and groups already active. I don't think we should be planning for progress without a full appreciation of the scope of current movements. WISER.ORG collects these organisations. They estimate there are about 2 million. That is a lot. We should be collecting, sharing and celebrating the vast array of change enthusiasts. We should be championing them. They…

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Why white collar criminals ❤ judges

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Why white collar criminals ❤ judges    Evan Whitton 1 November 2012, 12:01am  3  Legal historian Evan Whitton says white collar criminals in England and its colonies have been a protected species since 1275. ONE OF our better judges, the Hon Ray Finkelstein QC, noted in an Australian Tax Office organ, Targeting Tax Crime (March 2012):  'As a general rule the judge’s rationale in sentencing [white-collar criminals] is different…

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