[parentsfordiversity] Updates

Greetings! Here is today’s BOE news.

Charter school debate today

The North Carolina Senate will discuss lifting the cap on charter schools during a scheduled floor debate today at 3PM, according to WRAL. Republicans have promised to eliminate the restriction capping the number of charters at 100. The proposed legislation would also create a new commission to approve or reject charter license applications. You can watch the debate live on WRAL, beginning at 3PM.

One-sided debate on Smart Start

According to the N&O, "About a dozen state House representatives from both parties heard a brief presentation on Smart Start on Tuesday – all of it from the conservative Civitas Institute."

Interviewees needed

Beejal Lakhavani, a producer with Brave New Foundation (a California-based nonprofit that works to promote social justice through media) wants to hear from you! As noted in a previous update, Brave New Foundation is working on a documentary film about the controversy over the Wake County public schools’ student assignment plan. B eejal is interested in talking to parents and students to hear their thoughts about what’s happening in our school system. If you or anyone you know would be interested, please contact Beejal at beejal@bravenewfoundation.org.
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[Re:Wisconsin] It’s Time to begin converting Teabaggers!

[Re:Wisconsin]  It’s Time to begin converting Teabaggers!
OK.  We got their attention.  And we shall have it more as Rallies are held in every State Capitol in the Nation this Saturday, plus many more happening all the time, in cities and towns across America.
Liberals to stage tea party-like revolts against GOP spending cuts
Working with labor unions and liberal groups, Democratic strategists are using the Presidents Day congressional recess to organize a public backlash against billions of dollars in cuts to federal programs.
Read the full story here.
Here’s what Dickless Armey of Koch funded FreedomWorks sent out yesterday, in a panic to use our success to raise more money:

A veritable who’s who of public and private sector unions including AFSCME, NEA, SEIU, AFT, ATU, and the Teamsters descended on the FreedomWorks office building today to block state reforms aimed to curb their exhorbitant union power in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Tennessee and Ohio.  Donate now to help us fight back!

And Alan Page of NC FreedomSmirks has been scheduling meetings to report how Rethuglicans are attacking from the NC Legislature:
Each Legislative Issues Briefing is hosted by a local FreedomWorks activist. Other featured speakers and guests include North Carolina FreedomWorks State Director Allen Page, Becki Gray, Vice President for Outreach of the John Locke Foundation, and Kathy Hartkopf, Legislative Liaison of North Carolina FreedomWorks.

Monday, February 28  11:30am
Golden Corral, 2909 E. Milbrook Rd,  Raleigh, NC 

Thursday, March 17  6:00pm
Sal’s Italian Restaurant, 402 Huffman Mill Rd, Burlington, NC

Feel free to attend either of these events!
Now that sane people in America are pushing back against the Nazi insanity of Corporate Fascism, the time will never be better to begin converting every Teabagger you know.  If they REALLY understood how they are being used as Koch Klones, they would jump to our side in a skinny minute.
Because of the massive Koch strategic screw up in Wisconsin, they have presented our Nation with a critical "teachable moment" where their Master’s disguises are slipping, and the Grand Wizard pulling the levers behind the FreedomWorks/AmericansForProsperity Sham can be seen in bright daylight.

Now’s the time for YOU to take a citizen’s patriotic leadership role in the fight against the false patriots of the tea party.

Here’s an Email sent last night into a nest of Teabaggers, informing them how one of their own had awoken from a long hate-induced FOXpox sleep, and has converted.  Feel free to use any of this in your own quest to break the backs of the Koch Nazi Ma$ter Race!
Thanks for your response, Richard. 
So glad you have begun to see the light, that the Wisconsin Union thing is a total fraud.

We agree with you that Gov Scott Walker is a complete political moron, a puppet hired by billionaire Koch Brothers to scam the people of Wisconsin, big time.

Here’s more proof, when he blathered on and on over the phone to a reporter, thinking he was bragging to his boss David Koch.  Whata dunce Scott Walker is!!

And below that is the REST OF THE STORY, of how the Koches planned this whole thing way before the Election of the Gov to divert attention from a Master Scam from these 2 Okie grifters, ripping off everyone in Wisconsin year after year.  This Union suppression is a fake cover story to divert attention from the Real Ripoff.  You hit the nail on the head when you called them "Douch Bags".  

All the Koch Klones, the minions at Americans for Prosperity of the Wealthiest, Dickless Armey and the rest are certified Agents of Satan, fulfilling the Biblical warning that The Dark One would send them to us in mass to overthrow all the good things humankind had created. 

They tried it in Hitler’s Germany, but America and our democratic Allies were too strong for them.  So now, they’re attacking America with their TransNational Corporate Fascists, intending to destroy democracy itself, and the only government that can protect us.

Buying Congress was only the first step.  Then putting 5 criminals on the Supreme Court.  And sending out the FOXpox to rot the brains of simple minded folks, to convert them into mindless marching Teabagger Stormtroopers, worshiping at the feet of The Dark One without even knowing it.  Whatta Con Job! 

But, you are waking up, Richard.  Tell your Teabagger friends that they do not have to go back with the Koches to Eternal Hellfire. Help save souls of your friends and neighbors by sending this on to them.
More on Koch Scams here:  http://earthhome.us and here Corporate_Fascism  and here Sociopaths

What Wealth Buys In Politics: A Crank Call To Gov. Scott Walker

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker got pranked. A talk show host, claiming to be conservative moneybags David Koch, called up the governor to talk about the union showdown in the state. Walker did not really say much different in private than he would have in public. ("Yeah, good stuff," Walker says about Andrew Brietbart, at one point, but that’s not really a giveaway.) But he did talk to Koch for about 20 minutes, giving him chapter and verse of his strategy in the union showdown.
.David Koch, Scott Walker art, 02/23/11. (photo: File photos, unspecified)

Tim Rutten | Busting the Unions 
Tim Rutten, Los Angeles Times 
Intro: "The manufactured budget ‘crisis’ in Wisconsin is being used as cover for an assault on the rights of American working people." 
Subject: [WISCONSIN]  The tale that’s wagging the dog in Madison
Lotsa great stories outa Wisconsin this week.
Ian’s Pizza received orders from Union supporters
in 47 states and 14 countries to send food to protesters.
The list of countries includes China, Finland,
New Zealand, Denmark, Australia, England and Turkey.
Here was a truly heartwarming story in   t r u t h o u t :
Thank you, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, for waking a sleeping giant.
Thank you for the awesomely uplifted spirits of Wisconsinites from Superior to Kenosha and Eagle River to Platteville, who trekked to the state capital to defy your union-busting grab.
Thank you for the caravans from North Carolina and New Jersey and Utah who came to a small city in the Snowbelt to join the cause.
You can read more of this story here http://www.truth-out.org/thank-you-scott-walker67921
BUT if you stop at the end, you missed the REST OF THE STORY
of what’s really, REALLY going on inside government in Madison.
It was found in a Link in the first comment after the main story.
Whenever something looks too good to be true, always look around
to see what is REALLY going on.  Here it is, reproduced below.
Plus, scroll down to sign on to Thanks to the Wisconsin 14 Senators.
MON FEB 21, 2011 AT 02:14 PM EST
Oh my, we got ourselves quite a tail-wagging going on in Wisconsin. You are thinking, what? This is about collective bargaining and workers’ rights!
Bullshit. You are being wagged.
As always this has to do with money, and the union "compromise" coming down the pipe was set up to be the "booby" prize while the Koch Brothers get their "booty" prize. This is all being well-orchestrated with an end game that has absolutely nothing to do with unions.
As I said in comments before, to much bewilderment, this is about power plants and a vertical monopoly the Kock Brothers have their eye on in Wisconsin.
So in short:
1) Koch Brothers get their puppet Governor Walker in power
2) Governor Walker gins up a crisis
3) Democrats and Progressives take the bait and counter-protest on collective bargaining
4) Governor Walker will compromise on collective bargaining if the rest of the budget is passed as is
5) Bill passes, with trojan horse give-a-way to the Koch Brothers nested in
6) Koch Brothers will buy Wisconsin state-owned power plants for pennies on the dollar in closed unsolicitated bids for which there will be no oversight
7) Koch Brothers get the best vertical monopoly in a generation
First off, before we talk about how this going to play out, because I have seen this same game tape, let’s talk about why the Koch Brothers would have made Governor Walker their Manchurian Candidate.
When you are calling bullshit on such a grand scale as I, it takes extraordinary evidence.
So let’s first state that the Koch Brothers placed their puppet Walker into power.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker: Funded by the Koch Bros.
By Andy Kroll, Mother Jones

According to Wisconsin campaign finance filings, Walker’s gubernatorial campaign received $43,000 from the Koch Industries PAC during the 2010 election. That donation was his campaign’s second-highest, behind $43,125 in contributions from housing and realtor groups in Wisconsin. The Koch’s PAC also helped Walker via a familiar and much-used politicial maneuver designed to allow donors to skirt campaign finance limits. The PAC gave $1 million to the Republican Governors Association, which in turn spent $65,000 on independent expenditures to support Walker. The RGA also spent a whopping $3.4 million on TV ads and mailers attacking Walker’s opponent, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. Walker ended up beating Barrett by 5 points. The Koch money, no doubt, helped greatly.
Thanks to Kochs’ poodles on the Supreme Court, this sort of activity is now legal. Poor Tom DeLay, bet he feels stupid for bribing the wrong people. Anyway, through the use of propaganda and corporate influence, the Kochs’ money got their pigeon into the Governor’s office.
Now here is where it gets tricky. Right now everyone thinks this is about collective bargaining and the rights of the worker, especially to assemble.
This is what these two Kochs want you to think. See, they are ginning up a great big whole controversy to hide something deep in the bill that they think no one will notice.
See, Governor Walker is going to back down on collective bargaining at the end of the day, if the Democrats will just "compromise" and pass the rest of the budget as is. The Democratic Party will view it as a success in policy and Progressives the land over will be doing a victory dance.
The Kochs will be laughing at you all, because they just played y’all like a fiddle.
See, when you think you won, this will get passed:
State of Wisconsin
Bottom of Page 23:
SECTION 44. 16.896 of the statutes is created to read:
16.896 Sale or contractual operation of state−owned heating, cooling,
and power plants. (1) Notwithstanding ss. 13.48 (14) (am) and 16.705 (1), the
department may sell any state−owned heating, cooling, and power plant or may
contract with a private entity for the operation of any such plant, with or without
solicitation of bids, for any amount that the department determines to be in the best
interest of the state. Notwithstanding ss. 196.49 and 196.80, no approval or
certification of the public service commission is necessary for a public utility to
purchase, or contract for the operation of, such a plant, and any such purchase is
considered to be in the public interest and to comply with the criteria for certification
of a project under s. 196.49 (3) (b).
There are two big whoppers in this section, which is passing through the zeitgeist like ships in the night.
It will allow the Koch Brothers to buy or contract to operate state−owned heating, cooling, and power plants in Wisconsin without a solicitation of bids.
This is what it is about at the end of the day, and their puppet, Governor Walker, is ready to sell the Koch Brothers the state-owned utility system of Wisconsin for pennies on the dollar for his paymasters.
Governor Walker has intentionally muddied the waters concerning unions to muddy waters hoping no one will see the wholescale give-a-way of the state-owned public infrastructure to private interests.
Not only that, they are trying to redefine "public interest"! Who gets to decide? Not the public, Governor Walker by fiat!
Now combine that with the Koch Brothers’ existing operations in Wisconsin:
# Flint Hills Resources, LLC, through its subsidiaries, is a leading refining and chemicals company. Its subsidiaries market products such as gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, ethanol, olefins, polymers and intermediate chemicals, as well as base oils and asphalt. A subsidiary distributes refined fuel through its strategically located pipelines and terminals in Junction City, Waupun, Madison and Milwaukee. Another subsidiary manufactures asphalt that is distributed to terminals in Green Bay and Stevens Point.
# Koch Pipeline Company, L.P. operates a pipeline system that crosses Wisconsin, part of the nearly 4,000 miles of pipelines owned or operated by the company.
# The C. Reiss Coal Company is a leading supplier of coal used to generate power. The company has locations in Green Bay, Manitowoc, Ashland and Sheboygan.
With an ownership of resources, distribution and generation of energy, the Koch Brothers will have a vertical monopoly that would make even Rockefeller blush!
And just imagine the profits! They investment in Walker is gonna pay out big time.
Which was the plan all along.
Now we know the end game, who is going to block it?
Clicking below will add your name to this note to Wisconsin’s Democratic state senators:
Democratic state senators in Wisconsin have been forced to flee the state
in order to stop Governor Walker’s radical attack on worker’s rights.
Now, Gov. Walker has ordered state police to hunt them down, and force
their return to Madison for a vote on his bill.
The fight in Wisconsin affects all of us. And this is a crucial moment to
show solidarity with the state senators as they continue their courageous
stand to protect workers.  Click below to say thanks.

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Alice Eley Jones Presentation “The Relationship Between Princeville and the Formation of the All-Black Town of Whitesboro, New Jersey, founded by George Henry White”

Alice Eley Jones

“The Relationship Between Princeville and the

Formation of the All-Black Town of Whitesboro, New Jersey,

founded by George Henry White”


March 5, 2011

2:00 p.m.

Princeville Museum


Co-sponsored by

The Perry-Weston Institute

and the

Princeville Museum

with partial funding from the

North Carolina Arts Council – Grassroots Program.


For further information, call 252-823-0275.


Light refreshments will be served following the question and answer period.

Chicago election shows racial politics changing–Source: Black Politics on the Web

(AP) The plan was simple: The Rev. Jesse Jackson and Chicago’s other black leaders would choose one black candidate to run for mayor, invoke the name of the city’s respected first black mayor and watch its largest racial group flock to the polls to vote for the anointed candidate. (Read more)

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Sex in schools – it’s happening – Source: WRAL

Reading, writing and arithmetic aren’t the only things going on at school. Students say sex in school is more common than some might think.

Since July 2008, Wake County Public School System administrators have dealt with 78 reports of students having sex on school grounds. This school year, 17 cases have been reported. (Read more)

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Wisconsin Assembly ready for vote; Ohio GOP offers some union rights – Source: CNN Politics

Madison, Wisconsin (CNN) — Assembly lawmakers in Wisconsin are poised to vote on a controversial budget-repair bill that would curb public workers’ collective-bargaining rights and raise their contributions to pensions and health insurance plans. (Read more)

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Legislators should not try to govern cities – Source: The Rocky Mount Telegram

Newly elected legislators represent more interests than they might realize at first.

They represent the voters who supported their campaigns, obviously, and the principles behind those campaigns. They represent the interests of the politicial parties that supported them. And they also represent local governments, for whom legislators serve in a critical position as a municipal voice in Raleigh. (Read more)

Note: So what is the Republicans real mission? C. Dancy II – DCN Publisher

March madness, black athletes and the black church – Source: Dr. Boyce Watkins

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Dr. Boyce, Rev. Sharpton Speak at Ohio Education Rally

by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Syracuse UniversityScholarship in Action

Most of you by now know about the case of Kelley Williams-Bolar.You also know that I’ve taken a personal interest in Kelley’s case since we first hit the issue on Black Voices. Kelley, in case you don’t know, was convicted of a felony after sending her children to a school district that was not her own. This case against a single mother seeking a better educational situation for her kids set off a firestorm of international support.

I arrived in Akron yesterday to prepare for the rally on Kelley’s behalf, and Rev. Sharpton got here tonight. When we arrived at the church, the parking lot was full, the news trucks were everywhere and police were on hand to control us "rabble-rousing black folks."

The National Action Network was necessary in creating the infrastructure for the rally, for which I was extremely appreciative. The community was particularly gracious in coming out to take a stand for educational equality, which I found to be equally impressive. A glaring absence from the room was Ms. Williams-Bolar, but the issue is bigger than just one person, so I personally wasn’t concerned. I honestly can’t say why Kelley wasn’t at the rally or why her attorneys advised her not to show up, but I hope it was for a good reason. I also hope that they will one day allow her to thank the citizens who came out in bad weather to support her case.

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