The former Ohio State Senator and current president of Our Revolution addresses the controversy over Bernie Sanders' upcoming speech to the Women's March convention; Trump's new sabotage of Obamacare; the finale of "The Nina Turner Show," and more.Read More
Last week I became the Chair of The Sanders Institute (TSI), an initiative that grew out of the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign of 2016. While as a sitting senator, Sanders cannot be involved in the work of TSI, we are committed to elevating the issues on which he based his run for the White House.Read More
Dr. Cornel West, Robert George Tackle Tough Issues in Auburn University's "Critical Conversations" SeriesSeptember 2017
Dr. Cornel West and Robert George kicked off a series of "Critical Conversations" at Auburn University on Friday September 1, 2017. The University said the speaker series has been put together in an effort to educate students to the point of making thought-out decisions. “Free speech is one of our nation’s founding principles,” said Auburn President Steven Leath. “Engaging with national thinkers and speakers to explore all perspectives around civil discourse is key to informed decision-making, critical
thinkingand leadership. We’re excited to bring this opportunity to our students and the campus community.”
You can watch the entire conversation here.Read More
At this panel discussion and press conference held in New York City on June 24th, 2017 by the Interfaith Unity for Tolerance, Representative Tulsi Gabbard joined a panel discussion about how academic and legislative responses to terrorism are complementary approaches that will provide long term and intellectual responses to terrorism.
In a press release about the event, the IFUT said that this discussion "will lead towards nuanced understanding and informed solutions."
Gabbard said, “I think that there has been a concerted effort both on the part of some in the media, as well as many in politics, and many in our foreign policy establishment seem to have been advocating for a continuance of these regime change wars, really ignoring the fact of what has been the consequence of these wars in countries like Iraq and Libya and Syria, where each time we have waged these wars, [it] has resulted in the strengthening of terrorist groups like Al-Qaeda or the creation of ISIS [Islamic State, IS, formerly ISIL], and it has resulted in a tremendous amount of suffering and death for the people of these countries."Read More
Dr. Jane O'Meara Sanders hosted this discussion at the 2017 People's Summit with Danny Glover, Amy Goodman, Katrina Vanden Heuvel and Naomi Klein. In this discussion, the panelists focused on the importance of civil discourse versus political distraction, as well as highlighting how other progressive movements around the world can intersect with each other, and what forms and shapes the belief systems of those who are working for a progressive society today.Read More
In this article former Ohio State Senator Nina Tuner discusses her thoughts on education and politics.
After the loss of her mother at a young age, Education played an important role in Turner's life. Yet, Turner believes that it can be better for poor and working class individuals like herself: "[My situation] gave me a sensitivity to the plight of poor people because I did grow up in a working class family, but we were very poor and it made me really sensitive. Because education helped change my life, I do believe if people have the opportunity, that education can do the same thing for them and help more [people] become cycle breakers. That gave me my heart connection to education."
Improving education would come in many forms, however Turner specifically focuses on the need for after school programs and input from the community: "We do have to decide as a nation whether or not we are going to invest dollars, but also invest concentration, in our effort to create the types of programming that help our children overcome [any] challenges they may have at home or any challenges they may have in the community.”Read More
Trump And DeVos: What Could The New Administration Spell For English Learner And Immigrant Students?March 2017
Betsy DeVos was narrowly confirmed as U.S. Secretary of Education on February 7, 2017 despite widespread concerns ranging from her lack of experience in public education to worries about her beliefs regarding vouchers and charter schools, religious education, and accountability for the education of traditionally underserved children.
Her selection and President Trump’s immigration enforcement-focused executive orders have left many parents and educators wondering how the new administration’s policies will impact students from immigrant families and the schools that serve them.
The simple answer is: It depends on the actions of state and local policymakers where those students live.
This article looks at a number of different education policy areas, where the administration is likely to focus within those areas, and the affect that that will have in communities.Read More