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Sex Workers Speak Up

By: 
J. Kirby
Date Published: 
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WORKING SEX: SEX WORKERS WRITE ABOUT A CHANGING INDUSTRY

EDITED BY ANNIE OAKLEY

Seal Press, 2007

Working Sex comes at a critical time. Hardly mentioned amongst the dehumanizing and damaging portrayals in most media coverage of sex workers, is the burgeoning US sex worker rights movement. It is growing stronger and more united, even in the midst of worsening government anti-prostitution policies. Art and culture are playing key roles in this movement, with sex worker art shows, film fests, and other venues of representation and expression growing and persisting over the past few years.

Breaking it Down

By: 
Rachel Herzing
Date Published: 
October 01, 2008

I have been locked by the lawless.

Handcuffed by the haters.

The Price of Success: China and the Olympics

By: 
Pranjal Tiwari
Date Published: 
October 01, 2008

Waning US Influence in the Middle East

By: 
Rayan El-Amine
Date Published: 
October 01, 2008

The countries of the Middle East will be going through a transition of enormous proportions in the next few months. The context of the coming changes is the United States' waning influence in the region - evidenced by their utter failure to bring forth their version of a "New Middle East." Washington's crusade in the region has not only led to catastrophic failures for the US in Iraq and Afghanistan, but also has led to the weakening of US allies in the region. This period of change carries many risks but there are also real opportunities for the people of the region to reclaim some control over their own affairs.

Dismantle, Change, Build

By: 
The Road to CR10
Date Published: 
October 01, 2008

Fighting for Community Control in Schools: Blocks Together and Chicago Local School Councils (offline)

By: 
Lewis Wallace
Date Published: 
June 01, 2008

Over 100 students at Chicago’s Orr High School campus walked out of school mid-day on February 27 to protest the school’s imminent “turnaround” by the Chicago Public School Board. Orr’s turnaround means that its principal and all of its teachers will be fired and new staff brought in to create a teacher-training academy sponsored by the Gates foundation.
“I’m not against change, I’m against how the change is coming about,” says Michelle Crowley, 50, whose son is a junior at Mose Vine High School on the Orr Campus. Crowley, a parent activist, is concerned that the changes at the school will negatively impact students who have built trust with their teachers.

Chronicling the Story of Greater Palestine's Rappers

By: 
Jim Quilty, Daily Star Staff
Date Published: 
August 15, 2008

Jackie Salloum discusses 'Slingshot Hip Hop,' pop culture and art

Friday, August 15, 2008

Chronicling the story of Greater Palestine's rappers

 

Palestine in the Middle East: Opposing Neoliberalism and US Power

By: 
Adam Hanieh
Date Published: 
July 15, 2008

Over the last six months, the Palestinian economy has been radically transformed under a new plan drawn up by the Palestinian Authority (PA) called the Palestinian Reform and Development Plan (PRDP). Developed in close collaboration with institutions such as the World Bank and the British Department for International Development (DFID), the PRDP is currently being implemented in the West Bank where the Abu Mazen-led PA has effective control. It embraces the fundamental precepts of neoliberalism: a private sector-driven economic strategy in which the aim is to attract foreign investment and reduce public spending to a minimum.

Unity and Liberation: HipHop for Palestine Represents in New Orleans

By: 
Mai Bader
Date Published: 
July 08, 2008

On June 14, 2008, a wide coalition of grassroots organizations – including NOLAPS (New Orleans, Louisiana Palestine Solidarity); INCITE Women of Color Against Violence; New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival; and the Third World Coalition of American Friends Service Committee - held an historic event called Liberation Hip Hop, commemorating the 60th year of Al-Nakba; the dispossession of the Palestinian people.

Transforming Our Union: Los Angeles Teachers Organize (offline)

By: 
Rebecca Solomon & Noah Lippe-Klein
Date Published: 
June 01, 2008

This February, teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District elected a full slate of candidates to head the second largest teachers union in the country, UTLA. The winning coalition, United Action (UA), brings together longtime left activists with newer “social justice” educators, as well as militant trade unionists. Our platform challenges privatization, racist and class biased standardization of curriculum, and deteriorating school conditions, by building well-organized militant workplaces and coalitions with parents and community.
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