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#ALEC's States & Nation Policy Summit opens at a Westin resort in Scottsdale on Wednesday with an agenda touching on several of it's core principles including “election integrity”, #privatization of #education and support for #homeschooling, and protection for #BigPharma 1/6
Also on Wednesday, #ALEC and the Alliance Defending Freedom, an anti-#LGBT coalition devoted to re-criminalising homosexuality in the US in the name of Christianity are co-hosting a dinner. #Christofascists… 2/6
Rightwing ‘bill mill’ accused of sowing #racist and white supremacist policies… A report published on Tuesday by the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and other advocacy groups charges #ALEC with propagating #WhiteSupremacy 3/6
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With @CTULocal1 on strike and fresh memories of the #RedForEd walkouts across conservative states last year, @awh and I wrote this column together framing his rad new research on attitudes toward teacher strikes in the broader context. 1/5
I review some of what I covered in my Labor Day column on strikes:…

A reminder that strikes are super important way that workers exercise their power, through collective action in order to demand wage gains and better working conditions. 2/5
And @awh's @equitablegrowth working paper from earlier this year shows that workers have increasing support for unions, but they want collective bargaining and portable benefits and generally do not favor strikes.… 3/5
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With Labor Day this weekend, there is a growing call for more union power to balance wealthy corporate power. In the midst of all the campaign platforms and worker actions, I looked into the role of strikes in my latest for @equitablegrowth:… 1/12
Research by @awh finds that support for unions has increased and workers specifically want collective bargaining and benefits like healthcare from unions. Workers tend to not like strikes, but support increases when paired with collective bargaining. 2/12
"What Unions No Longer Do" by @JakeRosenfeld1 shows that strikes peaked in the 80s and declined since then. Anti-union business tactics and Taft-Hartley limitations on striking caught up with the labor movement, rendering strikes less successful than they once were. 3/12
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#ShaveItOrSaveIt THREAD

In need of a feel good story? Something to inspire you after a long week?

How about (Az state Rep) @JenLongdon shaving her head to raise $5K for for her district's 5 most strapped schools?

#LD24 #RedForEd 1/8
@JenLongdon 2/8

There's a whole lot going on is this story

While the mission to raise $5K remains the primary initiative, @JenLongdon is also hoping to bring awareness to other issues such as teacher salaries & the quality of drinking water in Phx public schools

Let's start with salaries
@JenLongdon @arizona_sos @RedForEdFACTS @DoctorRhetorica 3/8

The same Arizona public school teachers who receive salaries far below the national average are also having to purchase supplies

They do this to help their students who would otherwise go without, and for the most part these kind acts go unnoticed…
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Here is a thread to help people understand the growth of the #gigeconomy in #highereducation in the U.S., or what Kim Moody calls the “proletarianization” of college teachers.
1) Many people think tenure— a seniority system for hiring and retaining faculty that is run by faculty themselves— is normal for college instructors. It's not. The majority of college teachers in the U.S. are ineligible for tenure. This has been the case for almost 50 years.
2) Federal student loans & grants spurred the “massification” of higher education in the 1960s-70s, which dramatically increased access to college for ordinary Americans. Recessions and tax revolts in the 1970s-80s made maintaining access more difficult.…
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1. News ~ Breaking: Newly Uncovered Evidence Connects Crooked Hillary and Creepy Podesta to Fake Russian Hoax Before Election…

#Qanon #Trump @realDonaldTrump #WWG1WGA
2. News ~ BREAKING: UC Berkeley Thug Zachary Greenberg Arrested For Sucker-Punching Conservative Activist…

#Qanon #Trump @realDonaldTrump #WWG1WGA
3. News ~ Fake News WaPo Issues Huge Editor’s Correction on Covington Coverage After Nick Sandmann Sues Paper For $250 Million…

#Qanon #Trump @realDonaldTrump #WWG1WGA #MAGA
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“We are the revolution we were waiting for”
We didn’t have heated rooms when it was cold, never had enough toilet paper, never had enough desks, never had enough supplies. I went through 4 classes where we only had substitute teachers all year long. Our principal walked out on us my sophomore year and we were told our
Vice principal had to fill the spot. Our arts department was almost cut (@tomhanks). We didn’t have counselors to help students during tough times, we only got 3 academic advisors until my senior year for the whole school! My teachers at Skyline High school are fighting for our
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Thread 🚨: #RedForEd
As we march for education, let’s stand tall on the of our #ancestors with a RICHMOND review:⠀

In March 1865, Congress created the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands, popularly known as the Freedmen’s Bureau.
It was intended to address another major problem created by the war, the disposition of property abandoned by or confiscated from planters and property owned by the Confederate government and seized by Union forces (the winners). Those lands were essential to the original design
of the bureau as Congress figured the new agency wouldn’t need federal funds cuz of the sale or rental of tens of thousands of acres of abandoned and confiscated property (EQUITY).⠀

Guess what ain’t happen. 😐 President Andrew Johnson, who opposed the Freedmen’s Bureau...
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I guess I'll take the opportunity of this sleepy Xmas break Thursday afternoon to do a thread of the pieces I wrote this year that I'm most proud of.
First, a little cheat. @MosheMarvit & I landed an op-ed in the @nytimes a few days before New Years last year.

American Workers Need Better Job Protections
.@MosheMarvit & I continued to write about just cause. Here, in @newlaborforum, we make an activist argument for a "right to your job."…
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🚨Arizona Alert 🚨

Do not be fooled by the red signs attempting to be in line with the #RedForEd movement

These are a sad tactic paid for by dark money designed to make you think you are supporting teachers wages and public education

Nothing could be further from the truth
We are asking every Arizona resident to vote #NoProp305

It's bad, bad, bad

We already understandably have quality teachers leaving the state because Arizona salaries do not compete, and do not provide a living wage

Prop305 will misdirect funds that could fix this problem
We must vote against this DeVos privatized charter school takeover

This is how we #ProtectPublicEd

This is how we say #NoNewVouchers

Remember, vote NO on Prop305

For more info, please visit

Do it for the kids!!
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There's an interesting parallel between the record industry's experience with file-sharing services and the GOP's experience with public sector unions.
Back in 1999, there was Napster, and it had a CEO, and venture capital, and a business plan. Napster's pitch to the labels was "Just tell us how many zeroes to put on the end of the check to get legit, we just polled our users and they'll pay $15/month"
But @RIAA killed Napster, and then successive generations of file-sharing platforms; each "victory" begat more decentralized -- and less label-friendly -- platforms. It was like breeding antibiotic resistant bacteria.
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Some points to consider about the Colorado teacher rally:

1) Teachers were required to take a day of personal leave to participate. For many teachers at the end of a school year, that means that it is an unpaid day of leave.

#RedForEd #ImAColoradoTeacher
2) This was not an easy choice for us. I am nervous about students eating before a weekend. I do worry about breaking the routines of children in trauma. But I worry more about the repetitive inequities students face every day, esp. kids of color.
3) When you read about the increased funding for education from the Colorado government, you have to keep in mind the Colorado "budget stabilization factor." In short, 7.5 BILLION dollars has been withheld by the government from education spending in the past 10 years.
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Media reports that tomorrow’s walkout is likely to be the nation's largest in recent history. (Cont'd)
But, let’s be clear: We don’t want to walk out. We don’t want to march in 100-degree heat. We’d rather be in our classrooms, teaching.
But, we are dedicated to our students; we care about them and their futures. We did not come to the decision lightly—it was something years of funding cuts forced us to do.
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