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Consider the prism of Tucson's battle to defend Raza or Mexican-American Studies (MAS).
It has recently been suggested by some MAS supporters that MAS is now dead.
MAS is a discipline. For some, it's a movement and still yet for others, it is a spirit. For me, it is a sub-discipline, part of the larger Indigenous story of this continent.
What perhaps is meant is that the former TUSD-program - as it formerly operated - is now dead.
I have been challenged by schizophrenia, in remission, and I don't want a gun. To hear all the blame of violence on "deranged lunatics," it seems most people carry untrue stereotypes about schizophrenia. For example, despite the common mislabel, the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual excludes split personality as a schizophrenic symptom.
Despite all the hype in the news, we are not necessarily violent. Walsh, Buchanan, and Fahy (2002) reviewed the relevant literature and concluded that although the rate of violence among people with mental disorders can be four times higher than the general population, "only a small proportion of societal violence can be attributed to persons with schizophrenia."
Hyatt Fisherman’s Wharf Withdraws Appeal of Housekeeper Injury Citations, Agrees to Landmark SettlementBy Staff, Unite Here Local 2 | Press Release
Hyatt Fisherman's Wharf Hotel withdrew its appeal to the California Occupational Safety and Health Appeals Board of citations related to housekeeper injuries and agreed to a settlement that is unprecedented in the hotel industry. The settlement commits Hyatt to take specific steps, including the establishment of a Housekeeping Committee, to prevent exposure to unsafe conditions that cause housekeeper injuries.
"This settlement is a big victory for Hyatt housekeepers," said Nenita Ibe, who has worked at Hyatt Regency Santa Clara for 10 years. "Hyatt is being forced to pay attention to the injuries housekeepers get at work. I've seen so many of my co-workers in pain....
On December 12 the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on thenConstitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights held an official hearing on ending the so-called School-to-Prison Pipeline. The witness list for this hearing included the National Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education, the National Administrator for the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Ohio Attorney General, Edward Ward, a former Chicago City Schools student and youth leader of Blocks Together and the Chief Judge Juvenile Court of Clayton County, Georgia, Steven Teske. Despite the good intentions of some of these witnesses, and the senate hearing in general, all persons involved concentrated on the worst abuses, the most heinous instances of injustice, and none addressed the larger, systemic issue which plagues public education in this country.
Woman, wipe that mascara off your cheeks
Why is it that you are all so weak?
Early Americans could not care less about the Second Amendment or the views of their cohort on militias and guns. Americans kept dueling pistols as prized possessions, not to protect their homes, but to protect themselves and their "honor" from each other. They loved these weapons the way Samurais loved their swords and treated them in the manner art collectors treat their paintings. As long as guns were available, even our Forefathers found ridiculous excuses to kill each other.
If you compare what's been written over the last several years, you'll find that our Forefathers reputations are like tattoos. They stretch and become distorted with old age. Nowhere is that more apparent than in their purported attitudes towards American's affinity for guns.
Teachers at Seattle's Garfield High School, announced on January 10, 2013, they would no longer be willing to proctor the flawed and expensive "Measures of Academic Progress" standardized tests the school district requires at every grade level, starting in kindergarten. The computer-administered test, given three times per year to students at every grade level in Seattle, provides a summary score on student performance in reading and math. The Seattle Schools purchases the tests from a company (NWEA), despite an ethics ruling that the purchase was a conflict of interest for the former superintendent. Further, the tests are not aligned with curriculum in Seattle schools.
A new report documents how a dam and series of irrigation projects being built in Ethiopia threaten the world's largest desert lake, and the hundreds of thousands of people who depend on it. It describes how hydrological changes from the Gibe III Dam and irrigation projects now under construction in the Omo River Basin could turn Lake Turkana in Kenya into East Africa's Aral Sea (the infamous Central Asia lake that almost disappeared after the diversion of rivers that fed it).
The environmental impacts, which include a huge drop in the lake's level, could lead to a collapse of local livelihoods, and foment insecurity in the already conflict-ridden Horn of Africa.
How are we to understand the psychology of the gun violence that afflicts American society?
Peter Michaelson goes to great lengths to describe the aberrant psychology of an individual who would slaughter innocent strangers, in an article recently published by Buzzflash on the "The Psychology Behind Mass Shootings."
What mainstream psychology ignores about mass murderers:
While such an analysis can provide important insights and is a necessary contribution to reducing such violence, it is at the same time extremely one-sided and unfortunately displays a bias that is typical of mainstream psychology. This is particularly evident when Michaelson writes, "our suffering is produced through inner conflict—we have nowhere to turn for relief but inward."
Representatives Cummings and Waxman Release Documents Showing that Wal-Mart’s CEO was Informed of Mexican Bribery Allegations in 2005By Staff, Energy & Commerce Democratic Press | Press Release
Today, Oversight and Government Reform Committee Ranking Member Elijah E. Cummings and Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman sent a letter to Wal-Mart CEO Michael Duke regarding internal company documents that appear to show that Duke and senior Wal-Mart executives had specific knowledge as early as 2005 about the bribery allegations associated with Wal-Mart's controversial store in Teotihuacan, Mexico. The documents contradict the company's claims that senior executives had no knowledge of these allegations.
In response to bribery allegations raised by the New York Times on December 17, 2012, Wal-Mart's spokesperson, David Tovar, denied that executives in the United States knew anything about corruption pertaining to the construction of a store in Teotihuacan, stating that Wal-Mart officials did not "recall any mention of bribery allegations related to this store."