This week’s podcast features Bill Iacullo, president the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 143 in conversation about privatization at CPS and progressive political strategists Joanna Klonsky and Brian Sleet. Next week our guests will be Diane Ravitch and Kevin Coval.
It was 1964 and we were walking home from Fairfax High School down Melrose and on a pole was a flyer for Chuck Berry performing at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium.
Man, we had to go. We could afford only the cheapest seats in the 3,000 seat theater, but when we got there the place was nearly empty. A few hundred at most. We all moved down to the front and Chuck Berry put on a show with as much energy as if he were playing a full house at the Hollywood Bowl.
And we danced in the aisles.
— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) March 18, 2017
Is anyone left at Goldman Sachs?
President Donald Trump has selected yet another Goldman Sachs executive to fill a senior role in his administration, naming the firm’s current managing director, James Donovan, to serve as deputy Treasury secretary.
Donovan would be the sixth member of Trump’s team with ties to Goldman, which was once described as “a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money.”
Donovan’s now-boss, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, also worked at the investment bank. National Economic Council director Gary Cohn; White House senior counselor for economic initiatives Dina Powell; and chief strategist Steve Bannon also formerly held positions within the very institution that Trump pointed to on the campaign trail as a symbol of Wall Street corruption and greed. Jay Clayton, Trump’s nominee to lead the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), was a Goldman Sachs attorney. Common Dreams
But eliminating the NEA would also have a very real cost. Its grants are bestowed to all 50 states in the nation, in all congressional districts. Forty percent of the NEA’s budget goes directly to states to spend for themselves, with the proviso that they match the funds dollar for dollar via their own arts agencies—encouraging a further investment in the arts at the state level. Just as significantly, 65 percent of the NEA’s direct grants go to small and medium-sized arts groups, keeping the arts alive in rural and underserved communities. It’s here where the agency’s elimination would be most keenly felt, at organizations largely ignored by private donors, but which bring the arts to audiences including veterans and schoolchildren, often in impoverished neighborhoods. The Atlantic
They insisted Williams sign a pledge that he would no longer solicit listings in North Beverly. He refused.
“The beliefs about us was that I was some kind of animal,” said Williams, who said some families feared for their safety when black homeowners moved in. Others worried home values would plummet.
The result was broken windows at Williams’ office and home in Beverly. An anonymous complaint was even filed with the U.S. Justice Department, which Williams believes was meant to tie up his business affairs for months.
In 1975, someone even detonated a bomb outside his front door. The Defender reported that the bomb exploded between 11 and 11:30 p.m., breaking windows and causing “several hundred dollars’ worth of damage.”
Joanne Williams and their three children were asleep when the bomb went off. Williams’ eldest son, Mike, arrived home five minutes after the blast. A few minutes earlier and his “head might have been blown off,” Williams said at the time.
“At that point, I decided to fight back,” Williams said. “I was kind of a little, short fella, where if you slap me, I’m going to slap you back.” DNAinfo