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Jonathan Kozol: Joe Biden Didn’t Just Praise Segregationists. He Also Spent Years Fighting Busing | Democracy Now!
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"Part 2: Jonathan Kozol on “When Joe Biden Collaborated with Segregationists”"


"When Joe Biden Collaborated With Segregationists: The candidate’s years as an anti-busing crusader cannot be forgotten—or readily forgiven."

"Unlike Bernie Sanders, who recently proposed a Thurgood Marshall Plan for public education that calls for a renewal and expansion of desegregation plans by means of transportation, Biden still believes his original position was correct and, according to one of his aides, Bill Russo, sees no reason to revise it. No matter how he tries to blur the edges of his past or present beliefs, no matter how he waffles in his language in order to present himself as some kind of born-again progressive, Biden has not shown that he can be trusted to confront our nation’s racist past and one of its most urgent present needs.

As the mainstream media repeatedly reminds us, Biden is a likable man in many ways. Even his critics often speak about his graciousness. But his likability will not help Julia Walker’s grandkids and her great-grandchildren and the children of her neighbors go to schools where they can get an equal shot at a first-rate education and where their young white classmates have a chance to get to know and value them and learn from them, as children do in ordinary ways when we take away the structures that divide them."]
jonathankozol  2019  joebiden  racism  race  elections  2020  education  schools  schooling  busing  segregation  integration  fannielouhamer  thrurgoodmarshall  juneteenth  corybooker  desegregation  amygoodman  newyork  california  illinois  delaware  maryland 
7 weeks ago by robertogreco
Inside MS-13 - Latino USA
"President Trump has been talking a lot lately about MS-13, a street gang that started in California and spread to Central America. But what is the real story behind the gang? Latino USA takes a deep dive into MS-13, from the gang’s origins in Los Angeles, to the economic motor that powers them in Central America, to a string of brutal murders in Long Island, New York. Plus, the other reason why the administration is talking about MS-13 these days: politics."

"Where Is MS-13 Really From? Hint: Not Central America"

"In recent weeks, President Trump and his administration have been talking a lot about the MS-13 gang, often linking its criminal activities with illegal immigration from Central America.

Indeed, over the last two decades, warring between MS-13 and the 18th Street gang has risen to out-of-control levels of violence in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala.

Yet the roots of Central America’s gang problem lie far away, in Los Angeles, where both MS-13 and 18th Street were born. The gangs were formed by young, alienated immigrants who struggled to adapt to hostile neighborhoods in L.A. In the ‘90s, the LAPD worked with immigration authorities to deport undocumented gang members, eventually deporting tens of thousands of criminals to Central America.

Once the gangs were installed in Central America, repressive policing policies known as the mano dura unintentionally worsened the problem. Mass incarceration of young kids from street cliques alongside hardened criminals turned prison into a finishing school for gang members.

In this segment, we explore the history of the Central American gang problem through a man who lived it firsthand. Alex Sanchez is a former MS-13 member who leads the Los Angeles office of Homies Unidos, a non-profit that helps gang members integrate into society."

"MS-13: Why Long Island, Why Now?"

"MS-13 has been making headlines recently, and attracting the Trump Administration’s attention, largely because of a string of youth murders in Suffolk County, New York. Since January 2016, MS-13 is suspected to be involved in 17 murders in Suffolk County—approximately 38% of all homicides during that time period.

Part of the tragedy is that migrants from Central America come to places like Suffolk County to flee exactly the kind of violence they are now facing. Law enforcement is stuck between trying to work with the community to prevent violence and the Trump administration’s deportation rhetoric which keeps undocumented people from coming forward with information.

Liz Robbins, an immigration reporter for The New York Times, joins us to talk about the gangs murders in Suffolk County, why the area is a hot bed for MS-13 violence, and how law enforcement has responded."

"What Does It Feel Like to Be Called an ‘Animal’? A Former MS-13 Member Speaks Out"

"Gerardo Lopez was born in Los Angeles to Argentinean and Mexican parents, and he joined MS-13 when he was 14 years old. He has since left MS-13, and now serves as Director of the Denver chapter of Homies Unidos, an anti-gang violence organization.

Lopez discusses what the constant news coverage of MS-13 feels like to someone with deep connections to the gang, and how this seems particularly different in President Trump’s America.

An extended version of this conversation is available on our sister podcast, In The Thick, a show about race, culture, and politics from a POC perspective. You can find it in your podcast feed or at"

"How MS-13 Makes Money"

"The economic motor that supports gangs in Honduras isn’t drug trafficking, kidnappings or prostitution rings, it’s something much more simple and insidious: extortion.

No sector of the economy suffers from gang extortion quite like bus and taxi drivers. If you are a bus driver, there’s something that will happen every so often where you are stopped at an intersection. A kid will come up to you and hand you a cell phone. Then, the guy on the other end of the line will say, “Hi, I’m calling from such-and-such a gang. And if you want to keep driving this route, you have to pay me money every single week. Or else we will kill you.”

Every month in Honduras, there are probably a few million dollars that come out of hardworking people’s paychecks and into the pockets of gang members. Over 40 bus drivers were murdered by gangs this year alone for not paying up.

On top of the terrible human toll, extortion is a major drag on the Honduran economy. And it’s getting worse and worse. Latino USA’s Marlon Bishop reports on this bloody industry from Tegucigalpa, the Honduran capital."
ms-13  california  losangeles  centralmerica  elsalvador  gangs  longisland  newyork  donaldtrump  politics  policy  immigration  via:felipemartinez  youth  isolation  violence  restortativejustice  prisons  2017  honduras 
august 2017 by robertogreco
A ridiculous Common Core test for first graders
"My speech teacher came to see me. She was both angry and distraught. In her hand was her 6-year-old’s math test. On the top of it was written, “Topic 2, 45%”. On the bottom, were the words, “Copyright @ Pearson Education.” After I got over my horror that a first-grader would take a multiple-choice test with a percent-based grade, I started to look at the questions.
The test provides insight into why New York State parents are up in arms about testing and the Common Core. With mom’s permission, I posted the test here. Take a look at question No. 1, which shows students five pennies, under which it says “part I know,” and then a full coffee cup labeled with a “6″ and, under it, the word, “Whole.” Students are asked to find “the missing part” from a list of four numbers. My assistant principal for mathematics was not sure what the question was asking. How could pennies be a part of a cup?"

"I am amused by all of the politicians and bureaucrats who love the Common Core and see it as the salvation of our nation. I suspect they are supporting standards that they have never studied. I wonder if they have ever read the details that ask first-graders to “compose and decompose plane and solid figures” and “to determine if equations of addition or subtraction are true or false.” It is likely that much of the support for the Common Core is based on the ideal that we should have national standards that are challenging, yet the devil in the detail is ignored.

When one actually examines the standards and the tests like the sample I provided, it quickly becomes apparent why young students are crying when they do their homework and telling their parents they do not want to go to school. Many New York children are simply not developmentally ready to do the work. Much of the work is confusing. When you add the pressure under which teachers find themselves to quickly implement the standards and prepare students for standardized testing, it becomes clear why New York parents are expressing outrage at forums across the state.

It is time for New York State to heed, at the very least, the New York State United Teachers’ call for a three-year moratorium on high-stakes testing, thus providing time for New York to re-examine its reforms, and change course. New York, sadly, has been a canary in the Common Core coal mine, and if we do not heed the danger a generation of students will be lost."
commoncore  education  policy  assessment  standardizedtesting  carolburris  newyork  high-stakestesting 
november 2013 by robertogreco
Logan & Sons
"Logan & Sons is a production company based in Los Angeles and New York.

Olivier Babinet, Paul Minor, Luke Gilford, Ben Conrad, Alexei Tylevich, Mi-Zo, Kaz Kiriya, Hauke Hilberg, Jen Gehlhaar, Körner Union, Kristoffer Borgli, Max Hattler, Alan Bibby, Alex Turvey"

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film  video  losangeles  newyork  logan&sons  olivierbabinet  paulminor  lukegilford  benconrad  alexeitylevich  mi-zo  kazkiriya  haukehilberg  jengehlhaar  körnerunion  kristofferborgli  maxhattler  alanbibby  alexturvey 
may 2013 by robertogreco
Cicada Tracker | WNYC
"WNYC invites families, armchair scientists and lovers of nature to join in a bit of mass science: track the cicadas that emerge once every 17 years across New Jersey, New York and the whole Northeast by building homemade sensors and reporting your observations."
arduino  crowdsourcing  data  diy  wncy  cicadas  insects  2013  sensors  newjersey  newyork  northeast 
march 2013 by robertogreco
Black Mountain North Symposium
"The Black Mountain North Symposium, a three-day conference and festival of the arts in Rochester, NY, will celebrate upstate New York’s experimental arts, whose lineage is partly traceable to the migration of artists and scholars from a radically innovative school situated in the hills of North Carolina from 1933 to 1957. This symposium is one of several North American events commemorating the centenary of poet and Black Mountain College rector Charles Olson.  In the collaborative and multidisciplinary spirit of that educational experiment, Black Mountain North will feature poetry and visual arts panels, as well as readings and performing arts performances.. We welcome scholars from other locals as well, especially those from further North!

When Black Mountain closed its doors, the exodus of students and faculty to San Francisco and New York City helped precipitate tremendous explosions of radical creativity. Closer to home, Charles Olson, Eric Bentley, John Wieners, and Robert Creeley helped transform the University of Buffalo into what has been labeled “Black Mountain II.” Ed Sanders in Woodstock, Albert Glover at St. Lawrence University, Don Byrd and Pierre Joris at SUNY/Albany, and Jack Clarke at Buffalo helped continue the Black Mountain poetry tradition, along with frequent visitors to WNY like Joel Oppenheimer, Jonathan Williams and Robert Duncan. Literary centers like Rochester’s Writers & Books and NY State Literary Center and Buffalo’s Just Buffalo and Hallwalls Gallery, as well as poetry societies like Rochester’s Just Poets and Poetry Society of Rochester and Albany’s Rootdrinker Institute, did much to find an audience for innovative poetry beyond the academy. Writers & Books also helped showcase the ASL Poetry Renaissance in the 1980s, a deaf poetry movement influenced by the Beat and Black Mountain traditions.

Robert Turner, who had built the kiln at Black Mountain, returned to Alfred University to teach ceramics for many years, and Alfred students Karen Karnes and David Weinrib also taught pottery at Black Mountain. The School of American Crafts at Rochester Institute of Technology also taught modern ceramics methods derived from the Bauhaus and Black Mountain.

Although groundbreaking RIT photographer Minor White never taught at Black Mountain, a number of kindred spirits did, including Aaron Siskind, who helped found Rochester’s Visual Studies workshop, Beaumont Newhall, who went on to direct the George Eastman House and teach at RIT, and photography critic and curator Nancy Newhall.

Beyond the principal symposium, “Happenings” will occur throughout Greater Rochester (and as far away as Albany) over the course of several weeks, including dance performances, art and photography exhibitions, film showings, and poetry readings."
2010  events  blackmountaincollege  newyork  rochester  art  writing  bmc 
february 2013 by robertogreco
Hearing Carry Over - Everything Was Never The Deal
"The reputation of Los Angeles as whipping boy for NY & SF, America’s more European cities, is branded as a blood feud in which the sides are equal in antipathy. It’s really more one-sided than that. NYers & SFans hurl insults drafted in sub-committee & ratified by full houses. LA signs them into law w/out so much as reading a line, & then heads back to the beach…golf course or whatever.

LA doesn’t want to fight or have its mellow harshed…it doesn’t care whether you like it or not. It’s been described as “the most unnecessary of cities” but the extent to which it ignores the fuck out of the haters is both necessary and intimidating.

In its ambivalence about who people say it is, LA is Nick in The Deer Hunter. In its deep desire to be left alone, it’s the Eisenhower administration. & in your dreams of living less ordinarily, it’s best to think of it not as the City of Angels. It’s the City of Americans, multi-colored & en masse, more than anywhere else, & that includes you, New York."
cities  2012  sanfrancisco  newyork  losangeles 
september 2012 by robertogreco
YouthFX | Inspiring and empowering youth in Albany’s South End neighborhoods through a hands-on exploration of digital film making.
"Inspiring and empowering youth in Albany’s South End neighborhoods through a hands-on exploration of digital film making."
albany  newyork  mediaarts  film  filmmaking  youth  lcproject 
july 2011 by robertogreco
Neighborhoods and community: Sense of community just a knock away -
"The author asked himself: Do I live in a community or just in a house on a street of people whose lives are separate from my own? And he wondered: What if he could deliberately get to know these strangers? [by sleeping over at his neighbors' houses]
neighborhoods  community  neighbors  learning  conversation  rochester  newyork  social  socialexperiments 
april 2011 by robertogreco
The End of the Automobile Era? | Planetizen
"On a recent Thursday in February, two disparate incidents in cities on opposite coasts may have signaled the end of the hundred-year ascendancy of automobiles in American life. In Portland, Oregon, the city council voted 5-0 to accept a new bike plan with the ambitious goal of increasing the percentage of people riding bikes from 6% (the highest of any big city in the country) to 25%. Three thousand miles away, on the opposite coast, the New York City Department of Transportation announced that they would make permanent the closing of Broadway to vehicle traffic."
cars  transportation  transit  us  bikes  biking  newyork  portland  oregon  nyc  gamechanging  cities  urban  urbanism 
april 2010 by robertogreco
Why Kindergarten-Admission Tests Are Worthless -- New York Magazine
"Should a child’s fate be sealed by an exam he takes at the age of 4? Why kindergarten-admission tests are worthless, at best."
education  parenting  nyc  intelligence  testing  meritocracy  newyork  gifted  assessment  evaluation  stress 
february 2010 by robertogreco
Why Tumblr is kicking Posterous’s ass « PEG on Tech
"Posterous has everything to win:...Y Combinator investors...founders experienced software engineers w/ compsci degrees from Stanford. How come it’s eating dust from small startup by high school dropout?...Tumblr is a NY company & Posterous is a SV company... Posterous...engineered product... Tumblr...designed product. Posterous is extremely well engineered...nothing wrong with it...well thought out. But it’s not just that it’s less pretty (though it is). It’s just not designed as well as Tumblr is...Posterous is typical of the SV engineering mindset where everything is measured, ranked, weighted. It’s like Google. & having terrible design like Google is great if you have a technology edge. But if you’re in a market where what matters is design edge, that’s not enough. There needs to be great it works for end user. Meanwhile, Tumblr is typical of new NY startups, that have great engineering talent, but care about design, UI & UX."
blogging  siliconvalley  usability  technology  webdesign  startups  posterous  design  business  ux  webdev  strategy  newyork  comparison  interface  interaction  blogs  engineering  web  tumblr  ui  nyc  bayarea 
january 2010 by robertogreco
Dead Media Beat: all traditional media | Beyond The Beyond
"Google did the revolutionary work of ADBUSTERS, & we now exist in a post-advertising, post-consumer society. How will people indulge in conspicuous consumption when the means of valorizing products as status objects no longer exists? Does anybody nowadays ever buy a car because a magazine ad says that it’s cool?...That was a great idea when everybody agreed, through mainstream media, that this behavior made you look sensible & respectable. But w/out this kind of manufactured social consensus — through a huge colossus of advertising & mainstream media — one has to wonder if consumer culture can possibly survive. If SUVS are toxic assets & suburban homes are toxic assets, what’s left that ISN’T? None of those things were “toxic” as long as we were energetically persuaded that they were worth something & that was the role of NY mainstream publishing & promotion. Even if we decide to live that way again, there’s nobody left to do it for us & no paying infrastructure that can support it."
brucesterling  deadmediabeat  media  adbusters  google  change  newyork  publishing  advertising 
december 2009 by robertogreco
Cupcake Gentrification
"Now, according to Dr. Kathe Newman, a lecturer at the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University, it turns out that a spatial analysis of cupcake proliferation could also reveal the flow of capital investment in cities.

In an interview with, Dr. Newman explained that she is currently building a collaboratively sourced map of New York City’s cupcake shops. In September 2009, Dr. Newman and her students will use this map to embark on a “Tour de Cupcake” – a fieldwork (and tasting) exercise designed to test her theory that cupcake shops can provide a more accurate and timely guide to the frontiers of urban gentrification than traditional demographic and real estate data sets. Finally, she intends to submit a paper summarising her findings to the Urban Affairs Review."
cartography  maps  mapping  gentrification  newyork  cities  urban  urbanplanning  economics  culture  geography  food  cupcakes  losangeles 
september 2009 by robertogreco
The Center for Urban Pedagogy
"CUP makes educational projects about places and how they change.

Our projects bring together art and design professionals - artists, graphic designers, architects, urban planners - with community-based advocates and researchers - organizers, government officials, academics, service-providers and policymakers. These partners work with CUP staff to create projects ranging from high school curricula to educational exhibitions.

Our work grows from a belief that the power of imagination is central to the practice of democracy, and that the work of governing must engage the dreams and visions of citizens. CUP believes in the legibility of the world around us. What can we learn by investigation? By learning how to investigate, we train ourselves to change what we see."
design  education  art  culture  architecture  environment  politics  urban  urbanism  nyc  brooklyn  planning  collective  collaboration  pedagogy  lcproject  activism  community  sustainability  space  cities  social  teaching  organizations  place  government  democracy  policy  newyork 
february 2009 by robertogreco
Putting people first » Eataly launching in Tokyo and New York
"Eataly, the very successful “slow” and experiential supermarket in Turin, Italy, is now opening branches in Tokyo and New York. According to the La Repubblica newspaper, Eataly will inaugurate its first foreign branch on 26 September in Tokyo’s Daikanyama neighbourhood. The two-floor, 1500 m2 shop will feature a sales area (including a bakery, pastry shop, ice cream angle and coffee shop), a restaurant area (with zones devoted to pasta, salami/cheese, and vegetables), and — typically, Slow Food — an educational zone for courses on food culture, meetings with chefs, cooking lessons, and wine and food tastings. On sale will be both Japanese products (to value the “short supply chain”) and Italian products, primarily coming from the Piedmont and Liguria regions. Eataly Tokyo will be open from 8 in the morning until midnight, and have a staff of about 100. The New York branch is currently set to open in December."
eataly  italy  food  slow  slowfood  newyork  nyc  tokyo  japan 
september 2008 by robertogreco
What Could Make Someone Want to Leave New York and Move to Buffalo? -- New York Magazine
"What could possibly make someone want to leave New York and move to Buffalo?" “I don’t miss my old life in New York. I only miss the life in New York I know I never would have had.”
buffalo  newyork  gentrification  realestate  urbanism  urban  creativeclass  economics  cities  renaissance  detroit 
august 2008 by robertogreco

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