I didn’t intend to do too much blogging this week while we are gathering as a family in an old rickety rental that sits on a hill overlooking the Block Island salt pond and beyond that the town beach. Today turned hot and muggy and the idea of sitting on hot sand didn’t seem appealing. […]Read More Climate change and Block Island under water.
Campaigning in Iowa, Bernie Sanders released a comprehensive labor plan today as he and other Democratic presidential candidates addressed the Iowa Federation of Labor’s annual convention in Altoona. Included in Sanders’ plan is a repeal of an Obama executive order, signed in 2014, allowing for major pension theft across private sector industries. The 2014 bill, […]Read More Bernie’s labor plan includes restoring pension rights undone by Obama/Biden in 2014.
Pensions and Investments is reporting this morning: CalPERS is pressing Apollo Global Management LLC, one of its private equity managers, over co-founder Leon Black’s relationship with registered sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. “CalPERS takes this issue very seriously. The actions our general partners take, both in professional and private contexts, impact our assessment of which firms […]Read More Jeffrey Epstein, Apollo Global Management and IL TRS investments.
After Rahm Emanuel was elected the second time and presented his budget, I went to a neighborhood forum sponsored by my City Council member, Carlos Rosa. I had read that other cities had instituted a transfer tax on home sales over a million dollars, and given the burden that working people in Chicago were paying […]Read More I had this idea about making property taxes less regressive.
Every August our family gathers in a house we rent on the top of a hill on Rhode Island’s Block Island, an hour ferry ride from Point Judith. This is the story of Daniel Berrigan, anti-war activist and federal fugitive, from a May, 2016 issue of the Block Island Times. Father Daniel Berrigan, the Jesuit […]Read More The bird watchers and Daniel Berrigan, Block Island’s most famous fugitive.
I had no expectation that spending an hour with Juliana Pino and Byron Sigcho was going to be boring. I’ve known Byron for years from his work with the Pilsen Alliance. Juliana and I are new friends and I consider myself lucky to have met her. Both Byron and Juliana are allies in the fight […]Read More Hitting Left with the Klonsky Brothers. DSA member and Chicago city council member Byron Sigcho Lopez and environmental justice organizer Juliana Pino.
Michael Antonucci is no friend of teacher unions. He’s a libertarian who has covered the teacher union beat for years. He has his own blog and pens the Union Report for The 74. When I was a regular delegate to the NEA Representative Assemblies, I would sometimes drop by the reporter coral (they weren’t allowed […]Read More Why is union membership bleeding where the Red State Teacher Revolts took place?
For most of the 45 years I’ve lived here, if I wanted to go east of the north branch of the Chicago River I would drive across the bridge at Cortland and through the Finkl Brothers Steel plant. It was not unusual to have to stop your car while a steelworker from Finkl Brothers drove […]Read More Environmental justice, Lincoln Yards and Pilsen.
After a year of debate, New York’s cultural gatekeepers will allow Sojourner Truth to enter Central Park. Truth, an American hero of the first order, was an abolitionist and advocate for women’s rights and suffrage. Until now, Central Park has no statues or monuments that pay tribute to real women. There are only statues of […]Read More Monumental concerns.