Posts Tagged ‘activism’

To download right click and select “save link as” >>> PRISON PT. 1

We had 3 exciting local guests: Miguel Adams (cofounder of Speak-Up-Florida: for the Movement to End the New Jim Crow), Teresa Pugliese (secretary and executive board member of Speak Up Florida and founder of Students for Sensible Drug Policy at UCF), and Tommy Cullar joined us also.

We had a particularly stimulating and wild chat even by our standards and even got to stay on the air for a 3rd hour. We split the podcast in 2 parts THIS IS PART 1.

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Human Rights Campaign to End the New Jim Crow.
Community Voices Speak Out and being heard to End Mass Incarceration and The War on Drugs with 1 voice. A fight against injustice! 

Speak Up Florida: https://www.facebook.com/groups/speakupfla/

SSDP at UCF: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ssdpucf/

Brook Hines (serial interviewee*) from the Community Business Association sent this along and prompted me to launch the new LOCAL Alpha-Douche category where we inform you about the Alpha-Douches :)

County Commissioner throws a hissy fit in the form of a charter amendment. He’s HAD IT with ballot initiatives! HAD IT with tax collectors accountable to voters!

VOTE LOCAL ya’ll and allow this cranky old gentleman to spend all of his time on the golf course where he can work out some of this anger.

http://blogs.orlandoweekly.com/bloggytown/breaking-angry-orange-county-commissioner-fred-brummer-proposes-charter-amendment-increasing-number-districts-abolishing-tax-collectors-office/

Original illustration by Plinio Marcos Pinto

 

* Brooke Hines on Punkonomics:

  1. https://punkonomics.org/2013/07/02/show-39-brook-hines-director-of-the-community-business-association-of-central-florida-main-street-alliance/
  2. https://punkonomics.org/2013/08/09/show-44-brook-hines-is-back-to-update-us-on-local-economic-policy/

An Alienated Finkelstein Discusses His Writing, Being Unemployable, And Noam Chomsky – Urban Times.

I’m desperately trying to avoid this and willing to compromise by teaching students with documentary films, and video games within a flexible curricular structure but, while I’m a popular prof, it still seems like fighting windmills all to often and Finkelstein has been my hero since the 90s

There often isn’t agreement about all the sources, causes, and processes of any social problem. This diversity of perspectives leads to disagreement as to what are the best solutions and how to achieve them. I think it’s best to deal with this complexity (if only to point out to students that it is there) from the start. The dilemma is, of course, balancing simplicity with reality in the course, but at least it teaches students that there are multiple points of view to almost everything, and that rational inquiry should be based on a dialectic argument and not submission to authority.

For example, many mainstream economists argue away unequal pay for women with the theory of “compensating variations” which states that women are, on the average, more expensive to private employers because of family responsibilities and reproduction, and thus markets dictate they get paid less. Somewhat more enlightened (but not radical) economists point out that this is a “market failure” since these women DO provide lots of value to society as a whole even if perhaps not to their private employers directly. Finally radicals see this as another facet of exploitation in capitalist patriarchal societies. Each of these approaches has different assumptions, different values, and consequently different proposed solutions…

So I’m suggesting to tackle the diversity of knowledge from the start and throughout… not easy :)

roadmap to citizenship

We talked about immigration reform, Earned sick time, and tax reform.
Brook is the director of:
Community Business Association: advocating small business throughout Florida
The Community Business Association of Central Florida promotes socially responsible economic development, public policy and community investment by creating opportunities for small business owners to advocate for themselves with decision makers, media and other influencers.
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Patrick is involved with the Walmart workers’ attempts to fight for their basic rights and living wages.

Check out some info here:

(1) Central Florida Jobs with Justice (http://cfjwj.org/)

(2) OUR-Walmart (http://forrespect.org/)

(3) Making Change at Walmart (http://makingchangeatwalmart.org/)

I’ll be posting more info after the show as well as the podcast (available from all iTunes, networked blogs, and on this blog)

Audio fixed–sorry :(
We discussed what the CBA does advocating for the interests of small local businesses and especially recent actions on:
  • Immigration reform and the Dream Act
  • Sick Leave
  • Medical marijuana

We also learned about the web of political influence wielded by Disney in this area!

Check this out: Follow Money 11

Community Business Association

The Community Business Association of Central Florida promotes socially responsible economic development, public policy and community investment by creating opportunities for small business owners to advocate for themselves with decision makers, media and other influencers.
Brook Hines, Director
Community Business Association of Central Florida
Main Street Alliance
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