Albert Shanker Institute executive director Leo Casey talks about community schools, public education, teacher evaluation, standardized testing, Common Core, the political dimension of corporate education
United Food and Commercial Workers' Pat O'Neill talks about the difficulty of organizing retail and the new tactics that have been developed, shoppers' support and Wal-Mart workers' extraordinary courage in the rolling actions leading up to Black Friday.
The outsourcing of good jobs, the elimination of pensions, rampant home foreclosures; skyrocketing higher education costs and mounting debt: Given these stark realities, the American middle class seems to be sinking fast.
(Photo: Eric Wagner / Flickr) As one of the more promising offshoots of the Occupy movement, Occupy Our Homes - the grassroots effort to prevent evictions and foreclosures - has continued to organize throughout the winter. With millions of Americans underwater on their home loans or otherwise facing distress about their mortgages, the issue has the power to give the Occupy movement's concerns concrete resonance for millions of people.