Sunday Times.


Sheldon Adelson plans to spend tens of millions of dollars to help elect Donald Trump, the New York Times reported .

The casino billionaire, Republican megagiver and pro-Israel philanthropist last week declared his support for Trump in a Washington post Op-Ed but did not say whether that would mean a cash infusion.

The Times on Friday quoted two Republicans as saying that Trump and Adelson met last week in New York when Adelson was in the city to attend an event of the World Values Network, a Jewish group he helps fund. Adelson said he was ready to spend more than he had in any prior bid to elect a president, even more than $100 million, according to the report. The Forward


Geneva Reed-Veal. Sandra Bland’s mother.


In my copy of Rich’s essay “When We Dead Awaken,” the faded yellow highlighter still remains recognizable on pages after more than thirty years: “Both the victimization and the anger experienced by women are real, and have real sources, everywhere in the environment, built into society, language, the structures of thought.” As a nineteen-year-old, I read in Rich and Baldwin a twinned dissatisfaction with systems invested in a single, dominant, oppressive narrative. My initial understanding of feminism and racism came from these two writers in the same weeks and months. Claudia Rankine



Black Panther comic book slated to become a move directed by Fruitvale Station and Creed director Ryan Coogler.


Just finished the keynote address for the 50th Anniversary Symposium for the Black Educators Association of Massachusetts.

As I finished I walked into the assemblage of tables toward the back of the room shaking hands with attendees with the sound of clapping in the background. I made my way to the back and a member stepped in front of me, motioned back toward the front of the room and said, “Turn around.”

I turned around to the sight of everyone clapping, standing and facing me,

It was overwhelming. Nearly brought me to tears. -From Troy LaRaviere’s Facebook page.



A little over a year after this city emerged from the largest municipal bankruptcy in United States history, its beleaguered school system is facing its own financial moment of truth.

Enrollment is down. Debt is sky-high. Schools are crumbling. And teachers are up in arms.

Now, a planned $500 million system restructuring – approved in the wee hours Thursday morning by Republican-led House lawmakers – comes with strings attached that could further deepen the divide between city and state.

But to do this, Detroit teachers who haven’t had a raise in five years will have to renegotiate their contracts and accept merit-based pay. The state will continue its emergency control over the largely African-American district. And there are financial sanctions on the district, teachers union, and teachers for striking. Christian Science Monitor

In 2013 IEA’s Haisman defended breaking a contract as pragmatism:

I tend to be a bit more pragmatic. Moral indignation at Speaker Madigan’s actions and unfairness will not effect the process.

SB2404 is an attempt to counter Speaker Madigan and SB1.

SB2404 is risk. SB 2404 might be an alternative squashed by Darth Madigan but it is a counter. A counter punch. It is an attempt to mitigate the damage done by injustice. IT is an attempt to remake the system.

Outrage is not going to make Madigan change – just laugh arrogantly. Have any of you tried to negotiate with Mile Madigan? It is an experience.

What IEA is trying to do is find away around that massive arrogant unjust roadblock. What IEA is trying to do is reset the board. Might not work. The IRTA is doing is just making climbing Mount Everest more difficult.

I think the language in SB2404 on a legal option to non-payment to TRS is a useful tool …. The state is not constitutionally required to fund the pension systems. Under SB 2404, it will be. More than 15 years ago, IEA was involved in a lawsuit to force the state to pay it’s portion to the pension systems. The court ruled that the state must honor the pension benefits but the state didn’t have to pay into the systems. So, what we have put into SB 2404 is language mandating the state pay the systems, and allowing the systems to sue if the state doesn’t pay.

Many of your colleagues have ridiculed that provision – I support my Unions General Counsel who thinks it is very significant. I’m not a lawyer — I’m a pragmatist. I listen to lawyers.

This legal fix it requires SB2404 to be passed into law -unamended…un-sullied by the forces of darkness — a tall order.

That is why we are reinforcing our bid to change the legal reality with a bid to change the political reality.

Yes that requires a pragmatist to get involved with making the sausage of laws …it is a challenging process that can sully the idealist — that is why us pragmatists hang around.

-Glen Brown’s blog


2 Replies to “Sunday Times.”

  1. Donald Trump is not Presidential material.

    Here is an short version of what the New York Times has to say about Trump’s relationship with women:

    “The New York Times interviewed dozens of women who had worked with or for Mr. Trump over the past four decades, in the worlds of real estate, modeling and pageants; women who had dated him or interacted with him socially; and women and men who had closely observed his conduct since his adolescence. In all, more than 50 interviews were conducted over the course of six weeks.

    Their accounts — many relayed here in their own words — reveal unwelcome romantic advances, unending commentary on the female form, a shrewd reliance on ambitious women, and unsettling workplace conduct, according to the interviews, as well as court records and written recollections. The interactions occurred in his offices at Trump Tower, at his homes, at construction sites and backstage at beauty pageants. They appeared to be fleeting, unimportant moments to him, but they left lasting impressions on the women who experienced them.”

  2. Teachers unions have not been the “friends” of retirees. One need look no farther than the shameful SB 2404, and the comments of quislings like Haisman to know that statement is true. You were right to leave I.E.A. Retired for the I.R.T.A.

    Retirees are nothing more to the I.E.A. than a group to be used and discarded. A group used to justify the continued participation of past I.E.A. leadership in the union. A group to be sold out in order to preserve benefits for active members. A group to be seen but never heard from or defended. “Acceptable” casualties that demonstrate the I.E.A. belief in so called “shared sacrifice”.

    I.R.T.A. is a much better choice for retirees. No rolling over. Fighting back whenever necessary to protect what is ours. Maybe that is why some in the I.E.A. attack them whenever possible. Too many retirees are voting with their feet to leave the I.E.A. for the I.R.T.A.

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