Mother’s Day review of the week.

West Virginia anti-walkout Republican tossed out of office. The Intercept.


The week’s art work.



This week’s Hitting Left with the Klonsky brothers and guest Ra Joy.



This week’s Tweets.


Blog posts.

Happy constitution day!

NEA has 99 problems and Janus is just one of them.

I’m a dog lover, but marijuana laws are stupid and racist.

What gets lost each time a teacher retires.

The NEA collects dues in Brevard County.

State of Illinois takes control of CPS special ed services. Rahm must go.

Texas elementary Art teacher is fired for being Gay. The board’s story smells fishy.

Sunday’s week in review.

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One year ago. International terminal, O’Hare airport. Responding to Trump’s Muslim ban. Photo: Fred Klonsky


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Hitting Left with the Klonsky Brothers and guest Aaron Goldstein.





Blog posts.

From Bev Johns: The ISBE and legislators turned a blind eye to CPS special education mess.

The Illinois pension debt is the issue not discussed in the race for governor.

Democratic leader, Chuck Schumer. Worst. Negotiator. Ever.

Memories of Eddie Balchowsky and the Spanish Civil War.

Andrew Broy is entitled to their opinion, but not a vote.

Call the shape of it what you want, but we are a solidly and a proudly progressive Congressional district.

Protesting Steve Bannon. His racism is based on eugenics, a theory given birth at the University of Chicago.

Keeping retirement real. Hey goober candidates: Leave us old folks alone!

Sunday week in review.

The Mayor’s picks: eight CPS CEO’s in nine years. Crooks, liars and dopes.


This week’s drawings.



This week’s Hitting Left with the Klonsky Brothers episode #43.

Guest hosts Joanna Klonsky and Anne Emerson.


This week’s tweets.


This week’s blog posts.

Cesspool’s corruption and lies? It was the teacher union’s fault.

Because to the Chicago Tribune Nazis and lesbians are exactly the same thing.

 CEO Forrest Cesspool must go.

Reporting from the Illinois 4th CD.

The charter school crowd surrenders to segregation.

Go Brandon Johnson!

Indigenous Peoples Day Sunday.

Courtesy of Indigenous Peoples Day Arizona.

This week’s drawings.


This week’s Hitting Left with the Klonsky Brothers Podcast.

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Veteran Africa activist and educator, Prexy Nesbitt.

“They want everything done for them.”

Teaching Donald map skills.

Illinois’ school funding bill was sold as providing equity. But it gives favors to the rich and private schools and breaks the public bank.

Obama cried. 

Will the looney wing of the Illinois Repugs let the Democrats off the hook?

“I love Alabama.”

It’s kind of like Mom won a Noble Prize for peace.

Keeping retirement weird. My first day of work union recruitment speech and Janus.

Week in review.


This week’s drawings.


This week’s episode of Hitting Left.


This week’s blog posts.

Ken Previti writes from Irma. 

Rauner’s education advisor Beth Purvis is leaving. Do the kids with autism who paid her salary get their money back?

Better government doesn’t include paying what you owe, it seems.

Medicare for all. A test for Democrats.

The causes of the deaths of the elderly in the nursing home in Florida are profits and priorities.

Retired teacher Lee Talley and the crooked Lincoln-Way superintendent, Lawrence Wyllie.

The Democratic candidates for governor at our Retired Teachers luncheon. And Scott Drury.

Hitting Left with the Klonsky Brothers episode #32. Attorney G. Flint Taylor talks about the murder of Fred Hampton and the fight for justice in the Jon Burge torture case.

Keeping retirement weird. Lisa Madigan said the state had the police power to take what is yours and mine, including our rights.

The Sunday Times.


Chicago teachers use their furlough day to sit-in at City Hall demanding funding. June 22, 2016.

While I’m really outraged by incompetent supervisors, I do know a whole lot of reasonable and thoughtful ones too. So let’s say you have one and the first 60% was fine. You looked at the checkboxes and they said you Don’t Suck. However, that’s not the end of your rating. You have to wait until September, when the junk science portion kicks in. That, of course, is pretty much anybody’s guess. Maybe you’ll get lucky, and move from Doesn’t Suck to Really Doesn’t Suck, and thus be observed next year only three times instead of four. That’s pretty life-changing, isn’t it? Arthur Goldstein



Cook County in 2015 recorded the largest black population of any county in the U.S., a title it has held for several years, but its lead grows shakier as more African-Americans are opting to move to outlying suburbs or warm-weather states, according to new U.S. Census Bureau data.

Between 2014 and 2015, more than 9,000 black residents left Cook County, and since 2010, the Chicago area, which for the census includes parts of Indiana and Wisconsin, has lost more than 35,000 black residents. The exodus is greater than in any other metropolitan area in the country. Chicago Tribune




The Stonewall Riots began June 28, 1969 at the Stonewall Inn, a Gay bar on Christopher Street in NYC. Police raids were frequent, but that night things did not go as planned. Those witnessing the police brutality soon erupted into rebellion. The fighting lasted for several hours.



Some of the Oldest and Whitest people on the planet leapt at a chance to vote against the monsters in their heads. They may have tanked their economy in the process. It was quite amusing to follow along on the electric Twitter machine as members of The Political Revolution on this side of the pond rejoiced at the result as some kind of ensemble rejection of the globalized financial system that indeed nearly did blow up the world. Without the accelerant of pure racism–the existence of which among the British comes as no surprise to those of who descend from involuntary members of their old Empire–this thing never gets off the ground. Charlie Pierce

Sunday reads.

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Third grade. Bella Vista Elementary School. Monterey Park, California. 1958. I’m third row, fourth from the left.

Karen Lewis is on the Smiley and West Show this week. Chicago’s public radio station dropped the show a while ago leaving little programing that specifically addresses listeners in a third of the City and of importance to all of the City. But Smiley and West are carried locally by WPCT, Progressive Radio, 820 AM.

An open letter to Bill Gates from an overwhelmed teacher.

Woke up this morning with my mind stayed on freedom.

John Dillon: Madigan’s cost shift? He has already scored.

Anthony Cody on Chicago. Time to end mayoral control.

What happens to an empty school building?

While white students who are identified on the autism spectrum increase, minority students go unidentified and underserved.

Praising the “heroic” teachers who saved lives in Moore, Oklahoma, The Tribune called on teachers in Chicago to abandon their protest against the massive school closings and become “heroes” by obediently implementing the policies of the Chicago Public School Board and its leader, the mayor.  Excuse me!  Chicago Public School teachers are already heroes.  They don’t need the condescension of The Tribune.  And they don’t need to be unjustly demeaned as less worthy than teachers in Moore.  Today they need our gratitude for speaking the truth about the nature and impact of these school closings.

Unlike the teachers in Moore, Chicago teachers’ schools are not gone because of some capricious act of nature.  They are gone because of decades of very deliberate decisions by public officials, corporate interests and ordinary citizens that have eviscerated the neighborhoods of Chicago, displacing people with the demolition of public housing, gutting communities with foreclosures and the elimination of jobs.  The schools are gone because they have been replaced by charter schools, the darlings of politically well-connected school reformers making a profit on tax money while public officials eliminate the inconvenience of teachers unions.  The schools are gone because poor African Americans and Hispanics in Chicago are disenfranchised by school governance that is appointed by the mayor with limited accountability to the communities.  The schools are gone because public funding in this country remains tied to real estate taxes that benefit wealthy suburbs at the expense of the urban core.  The schools are gone because years of school reforms imposed from the latest outside savior have left front line teachers abused and demoralized.  And the schools are gone because white flight that began decades ago has left the cities brown and black and poor. –  Rev. John Thomas, former General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ, professor and administrator, Chicago Theological Seminary.

Sunday reads.


Chicago dramatically protests the dangers of school closings.

The Real News reports on the three-day march.

The Washington Post on the Chicago protests.

Huffington covers it too.

WGN this morning.

ABC News.

HUMBOLDT PARK — Just days before a vote that could result in the largest school consolidation in American history, opponents of the measures are taking to the streets in protests citywide.

The Three-Day March for Education Justice will take members of the Chicago Teachers Union and others opposed to the planned closures across nearly 38 miles on the city’s South and West Sides.

“We can’t sit still,” said Michelle Gunderson, a teacher at Nettelhorst Elementary School in Lakeview and a vocal opponent of the closures. “It helps people visualize where these schools are. It helps give people a vision of what these schools mean to their communities.”

A rally in Garfield Park is expected to take place early Saturday evening with a rally and demonstration slated for late Monday afternoon at Daley Plaza.

The marches start one day after sources indicated that some of the dozens of schools on the chopping block could get a last minute reprieve.

The news is encouraging to opponents of closures, but some say it still isn’t enough.

“We would be happy for any schools to be off the list,” said Francine Greenberg-Reizen, a teacher at Arnold Mireles Academy in South Shore. “But no school should be on a list to begin with.”  DNAinfo