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Wicked Liberalism — Medium
"What does your city look like?

Think of your city. What does it look like? If you live in a city that you consider liberal, how liberal is it really? What do you see take place on the ground and in the maps? What disconnects do you see?

Pittsburgh, where I now live, is deeply segregated. While one in eight Pittsburgh residents live in poverty, one in three African-American residents do—the greatest poverty level of any group, according to an Urban Institute report. Nine out of ten children living in poverty are African-American. 90%. But at least the Pittsburgh Public School District is making gains in high school graduation rates: the male rate increased from 56% to 71% and the female rate from 69% to 78% between 2011–13 alone (the overall 2015 graduation rate for African-American students is 74.6%, and the district average is 77.4%, due in part to a program called the Promise Readiness Corps, which supports cohorts of ninth and tenth graders as they enter high school). High school graduates tend to find better jobs and earn more money. Perhaps these gains will help to break the cycle of poverty and begin redrawing the map more fairly.

What differences are there between the narrative of your city and its reality? I’m looking at you, Madison. And St. Paul. And Pittsburgh. And San Francisco. I don’t know what changes I can affect, but what I can do is read the map. I’m reading and witnessing what you write onto your residents and citizens."
mollysteenson  blacklivesmatter  race  racism  history  us  cities  urban  urbanism  maps  mapping  development  madison  wisconsin  stpaul  minnesota  inequality  liberals  poverty  oppression 
july 2016 by robertogreco
Thoreau College - Liberal Arts for the Whole Human Being
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"The Mission of Thoreau College is to provide transformative post-secondary liberal arts education for the whole human being based on the insights of Rudolf Steiner and anthroposophy. Thoreau College seeks to cultivate an environment of experiences and relationships in which motivated students can explore the deeper nature of the world and of themselves and prepare to embark upon lives of courageous service to the ongoing development of humanity."

Thoreau College is envisioned as a small, intensive residential liberal arts college with an initial size of about 6 or 7 students per class, or 25-30 students over all four years of the program. We expect that the main body of students will be drawn from young people in the decade of life between 18 and 28, although we are open to older individuals who are ready and able to make the personal commitment envisioned here. Immersive general education based on the ideas of Rudolf Steiner for students older than 18 is largely lacking in the world and Thoreau College is eager to research and develop a model for anthroposophically-based education for students from 18 to 21 and during the 4th seven-year period from 21-28. This is a period of life characterized by maturing adult powers of rational thinking, a heightened sense of idealism and interest in the problems of the world, the formation of key life-long relationships, and a dawning awareness of vocation and personal purpose. People between 18 and 28 have been key instigators and activists in the major political, social, artistic, and philosophical revolutions of history. Thoreau College seeks to connect the energy, courage, and idealism of this period of life with the powerful techniques and skills for self-discipline, self-knowing, and consciousness-raising found in anthroposophy to nurture a group of heroic individuals ready to stand in the world with confidence and undertake the difficult tasks required by this critical moment in the evolution of humanity.

Rooted in the unique natural and cultural landscape of the Driftless Region of southwestern Wisconsin while extending its vision and engagement throughout the world, Thoreau College strives to create a tightly-knit community of seekers engaged in intensive self-development across spiritual, intellectual, emotional, practical, and interpersonal dimensions. This community is intended to be residential, with students and at least some faculty living, working, studying, and having meals with one another. In this way, Thoreau College seeks to cultivate a strong daily, weekly, and annual rhythm of life, positive habits for healthy personal development, and a context for supportive and enriching human relationships. To further these goals, students and faculty commit to abstain from drugs, alcohol, and unhealthy consumption of media and electronic entertainment while in residence at the college. Thoreau College seeks to be an active part of the cultural and social life of our local community, including mutually beneficial partnerships with other local organizations.

In its organizational structure and economic life, Thoreau College seeks to realize Rudolf Steiner’s vision of the Threefold Social Order to the greatest degree possible, while recognizing that it will need to function in the context of a society organized according to very different principles.

In the cultural/spiritual sphere, Thoreau College affirms the necessity of freedom of thought and expression in the arts and in cultural and spiritual matters. This includes ideas and forms of expression that might be stigmatized or silenced in the wider society or in other academic contexts. At its heart, Thoreau College is dedicated to the spiritual freedom of the human being, as well as to the cultivation of this freedom through spiritual knowledge. For this reason, anthroposophy and the ideas of Rudolf Steiner form an essential element in the mission and purpose of Thoreau College and these will continue to hold a place of central importance and respect in the life of the college. Thoreau College faculty members should combine a strong understanding of and commitment to the mission of the college with a serious personal engagement with anthroposophy and the ideas of Rudolf Steiner and a strong professional grounding in their field of teaching, based on education, life experience, or both.

In the political/rights sphere, all Thoreau College students, faculty, staff, and senior fellows will have a formal decision-making role in the operations of the college and the organization will maintain a high degree of transparency in all policy and fiscal matters. Participation in college governance will form an integral part of the curriculum for all students. In its relations with government and other outside organizations, Thoreau College will seek incorporation as a non-profit organization, as well as recognition from the US federal government that would allow international students to attend using student visas.

In the economic sphere Thoreau College seeks to build an institution of higher education that liberates its students to pursue their important life-works free from the burden of educational debt, while at the same time ensuring financial stability and security for faculty, staff, and senior fellows and funding the construction and maintenance of facilities with excellent aesthetic, environmental, and functional qualities. Education for all motivated and qualified students who have been accepted as members of the Thoreau College student body is guaranteed regardless of personal financial means, with the understanding that all members of the college community have a personal responsibility for the financial well-being of the college as a whole, as well as a karmic duty to put the gift of education they have received at Thoreau College to good use in their work and life thereafter.
thoreaucollege  srg  wisconsin  colleges  universities  greatbooks  stjohn'scollege  shimercollege 
april 2016 by robertogreco
"100state creates a community and home for problem-solvers, creatives, and entrepreneurs. We inspire collaboration and create connections to unleash our community's potential.

Our organization has grown organically around the 100state of mind, which is a mindset of pursuing passion, adding value through solving problems, daring to create the world we truly want to live in and enjoying life along the way. We bring people who pursue this state of mind together to collaborate. This drives synchronistic and authentic interaction, and enables a vibrant environment in which our members thrive.

We invite all people who align with our mission, vision, and values to connect with us. We offer memberships for individuals, startups, and organizations to use our network and workspace. We also hold problem-solving brainstorms for anyone in need, and facilitate unique events and workshops open to the public.

We've been fortunate to partner with dozens of organizations, and have grown to over 140 members in our first year. We don't plan on slowing down anytime soon.


100state's vision is to unleash our community’s potential through a worldwide community of people who collaborate to solve real problems and make the world a better place.

We envision a community working together to create a new model of innovation that helps the world navigate the evolving human experience of the 21st century.

We dream of a world in which everyone can earn a living doing what they love and believe we can get there if we're willing to do it together.


People First
People are what matter. When the right people come together, great things happen.

Community Is Our Greatest Asset
The people around us influence our lives. We recognize it, and so should you.

Win - Win - Win
Truly great projects benefit everyone. We look for that in every project we undertake.

Collaboration Over Competition
Collaboration creates value; competition divides it.

Build On Trust
Good relationships are built on trust. 100state is built on relationships. Trust is key.

Be Positive
Negativity kills creativity.

Appreciate Honesty
Expect nothing less. Teamwork is hard, and communication is key. Even if it hurts, appreciate it.

Be Courageous
Follow your passion. What ends up lasting and inspiring is what started with passion and courage."
via:michaelmccabe  madison  wisconsin  lcproject  openstudioproject  collaboration  communities  community  coworking 
september 2014 by robertogreco
Why white men hate unions: The South, the new workforce and the GOP war on your self-interest -
"According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the most unionized job category is “education, training and library occupations” at 35.4 percent. That’s a field dominated by women, many with master’s degrees. (In fact, the Center for Economic and Policy Research predicts that by 2020, a majority of union members will be women.) Meanwhile, in manufacturing, the macho vocation that gave birth to the modern labor movement, the unionization rate has plummeted from 30 percent in 1983, around the time the term “Rust Belt” entered the popular consciousness, to 9.4 percent today. Workers in manufacturing are now less likely to be unionized than the workforce as a whole. During those three decades of deindustrialization, the United Auto Workers’ membership dropped from 1.2 million to 390,000. That’s mainly due to robots replacing line workers, and the loss of market share to foreign manufacturers. Because when those foreign manufacturers build plants in the United States, they build in the South, a region hostile to unionism."

"In post-industrial, politically polarized America, it’s easier to organize Northern academics than Southern factory workers. Union membership used to be a matter of economic self-interest, divorced from political or cultural concerns. In the 1960s, union members — who were disproportionately Roman Catholic — could support the New Deal welfare state, while also backing the Vietnam War, racially restrictive housing covenants and bans on abortion and birth control. Richard Nixon — who used to call his ideal voter “a 47-year-old machinist’s wife outside Dayton” — won his 1972 landslide with a “blue-collar strategy” that attracted the support of white male unionists. Many were voting Republican for the first time, out of disgust for the counterculture represented by Nixon’s opponent, George McGovern. They were personified by Archie Bunker, with his strident admiration for “Richard E. Nixon.”

That election was the beginning of a realignment that found the labor movement on the opposite side of a political divide from the white men who once formed the backbone of its membership. Now, support for labor is just another blue state trait, like support for gun control or Obamacare. In states won by Barack Obama in 2012, 13.1 percent of workers belong to a union. In states won by Mitt Romney: 7.2. Collective bargaining is inimical to the conservative ideal of individualism. Unions are “socialist.” In 1983, over half of union members were white men. Now, a little over a third are. In New York City, site of the famous Hard Hat Riot, in which union construction workers attacked students protesting the Kent State shootings, less than a quarter of union members are white men.

It used to be that belonging to a labor union made you a Democrat. Now, being a Democrat is more likely to make you a union member. Blacks are more likely to be unionized than whites. College-educated whites are more likely to be unionized than non-college whites. Public sector employees are more likely to belong to unions than private sector employees. Teachers and librarians vote overwhelmingly Democratic, not because they’re union members, but because the combination of low pay and intellectual inquiry in those professions attracts liberals. And since most union members now work in the public sector, the war on unions has become a front in the larger conservative war on government. (The one exception: cops and firefighters, who have a 34 percent unionization rate. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker left them out of his ban on collective bargaining by public employees, because they tend to be white and conservative. Cops and firefighters can’t strike, though, and are more likely to belong to benevolent associations than full-fledged unions.)"
us  labor  unions  race  economics  2014  edwardmcclelland  rahmemmanuel  karenlewis  chicago  archiebunker  richardnixon  jimmyhoffa  history  politics  policy  scottwalker  wisconsin  nafta  barackobama  billclinton  americansouth 
september 2014 by robertogreco
Saheli Datta - Google+ - (I found out about the Wisconsin Gurdwara shootings in the Zurich airport…)
"If I have children, I do not want them to have to experience that traumatic loss of security…to feel afraid & alienated in their own homes, their community centers, their houses of worship…I believe it is my duty towards my future to confront attacks like these, & ponder what might be done to prevent them in the future. It may be pointless, & I'm not attached to anything I do on this front succeeding. Duty without attachment is a motto I aspire to. But I still feel I have to try. You might be tempted to ignore me—because it's depressing, b/c you don't visit houses of worship anyway, or your houses of worship never seem threatened, or b/c it seems pointless. If you consider yourself my friends or well-wishers, & have stuck it with me this far, here is my request to you: if you think one day you'd enjoy pressing "+1" on pictures of the children I might have, then please consider lending your support to my effort to figure out how to live in a society where I feel like I can have them."
gurdwara  us  wisconsin  2012  attachment  duty  children  violence  freedom  belief  religion  society  sahelidatta 
august 2012 by robertogreco
30 Years Ago: The Day the Middle Class Died | Common Dreams
"It all began on this day, 30yrs ago. [Reagan fired every member of air traffic controllers union] One of darkest days in US history. And we let it happen to us. Yes, they had money, media & cops. But we had 200 million of us. Ever wonder what it would look like if 200 million got truly upset & wanted their country, life, job, weekend, time w/ kids back?

Have we all just given up? What are we waiting for? Forget the 20% who support Tea Party—we are the other 80%! This decline will only end when we demand it. & not through online petition or tweet. We are going to have to turn TV, computer & video games off & get out in streets (like in Wisconsin). Some of you need to run for local office next year. We need to demand that the Democrats either get a spine & stop taking corporate money—or step aside.

When is enough, enough?…middle class dream will not just magically reappear. Wall Street's plan is clear: America is to be a nation of Haves & Have Nothings. Is that OK for you?"
michaelmoore  1981  2011  wisconsin  protest  wallstreet  greed  havesandhavenots  politics  policy  economics  apathy  ronaldreagan  activism  passivity  unions  collectivism 
august 2011 by robertogreco
Crisis in Dairyland - Angry Curds - The Daily Show with Jon Stewart - 02/28/11 - Video Clip | Comedy Central
"Rather than ending tax cuts for the wealthy or closing corporate tax loopholes, Republicans want to get money from teachers."
education  teaching  politics  reform  crisis  wisconsin  2011  jonstewart  humor  banking  salaries  work  labor  unions 
may 2011 by robertogreco
Welcome to Kornerstone School - a public tuition-free school servings grades 8-12 in the Kimberly, WI Area School District
"A community based school emphasizing the process of service and exploratory learning for each student. KS serves students in grades 8-12 and will center on Project Based Learning and Service Learning.

If your child craves exploration, is inquisitive, or is a problem solver, then he or she will benefit from their journey at Kornerstone School."
via:steelemaley  kornerstoneschool  education  democraticschools  projectbasedlearning  learning  unschooling  deschooling  teaching  tcsnmy  lcproject  student-centered  studentdirected  student-led  self-directedlearning  autodidacts  self-directed  wisconsin  constructivism  pbl  charterschools 
april 2011 by robertogreco
The US: Waking up to class politics - Opinion - Al Jazeera English
"The protests in Wisconsin harken back to the old days of labour and class struggle in the US."<br />
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"A popular item is going around in emails and Facebook pages among the people who are in solidarity with the workers protesting against anti-labour legislation in Wisconsin: A CEO, a union worker and a Tea Partier (a member of the emerging right-wing political movement) are at a table with 12 cookies. The CEO takes 11 and says to the Tea Partier: "Keep an eye on that union guy, he wants your cookie.""
politics  unions  wisconsin  2011  labor  policy  teaparty  classwarfare  class  us  ceos  classstruggle 
march 2011 by robertogreco
Madison a Foretaste of Things to Come: The Next Big Occupation Could Be Boomers Taking Over the Capitol Building
"My prediction: As the number of Boomers nearing or entering retirement soars, & the number anticipating or signing up for Medicare soars over the next few years, we will see massive national campaigns grow around not just saving these programs but expanding and improving them. W/ traditional pensions vanishing, and with IRAs & 401(k) plans having been exposed as the shams they are, we are going to see an irresistable demand grow for Social Security benefits to be raised, particularly for poorer retirees, so that all Americans can have a secure old age. And we will see another irresistable political drive to have Medicare not just improved but broadened to cover all Americans, as we Boomers recognize that it makes no sense at all to have a program that only covers the oldest and sickest of Americans, and not the younger and healthier population. We will realize that it is in our interest to have all Americans invested fully in supporting a well-funded national Medicare program."
socialsecurity  class  wisconsin  babyboomers  policy  medicare  healthcare  2011  iras  401k  boomers 
march 2011 by robertogreco
VIDEO: America Is NOT Broke |
"400 obscenely rich people, most of whom benefited in some way from the multi-trillion dollar taxpayer "bailout" of 2008, now have more loot, stock and property than the assets of 155 million Americans combined. If you can't bring yourself to call that a financial coup d'état, then you are simply not being honest about what you know in your heart to be true.…<br />
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America ain't broke! The only thing that's broke is the moral compass of the rulers. And we aim to fix that compass and steer the ship ourselves from now on. Never forget, as long as that Constitution of ours still stands, it's one person, one vote, and it's the thing the rich hate most about America -- because even though they seem to hold all the money and all the cards, they begrudgingly know this one unshakeable basic fact: There are more of us than there are of them!<br />
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Madison, do not retreat.  We are with you. We will win together."
economy  wealth  income  michaelmoore  inequality  incomegap  economics  classwarfare  us  wisconsin  2011  budget  budgetcuts  finance  society  unions  collectivebargaining 
march 2011 by robertogreco
Robert Reich (How Democrats Can Become Relevant Again (And Rescue the Nation While They're At It))
"Republicans offered Democrats two more weeks before the doomsday shut-down. Democrats countered with four. Republicans held their ground. Democrats agreed to two.

This is what passes for compromise in our nation’s capital.

Democrats have become irrelevant. If they want to be relevant again they have to connect the dots: The explosion of income and wealth among America’s super-rich, the dramatic drop in their tax rates, the consequential devastating budget squeezes in Washington and in state capitals, and the slashing of public services for the middle class and the poor."
2011  democrats  neoliberalism  robertreich  class  wealth  budget  wisconsin  policy  politics  economics  disparity  incomegap  society  unions  power  education  wealthdistribution 
march 2011 by robertogreco
The Tipping Point | Coffee Party
"Years from now, we will think of February 2011 as the tipping point in America’s great awakening. After all the warnings and wake-up calls, this be will remembered as the time when the American people decided to come together, confront the plutocracy that plagues our republic, and do something to change the economic inequality / instability that has grown from it. There is a tide. If you don't yet feel it, here are Ten Wake Up Calls that we predict will help define February 2011 in America.  The more people who get involved, the more meaningful it will be.  So, please share this page with others who may still need a reason to wake up and stand up."

1 Egypt; 2 Bob Herbert's Challenge To America; 3 The Protest & the Prank Call in Wisconsin; 4 Johann Hari's article in The Nation; 5 It's the Inequality, Stupid; 6 The Great American Rip-off; 7 BP makes US sick; 8 House of Representatives run amok; 9 The Stiglitz Deficit-reduction Plan; 10 Tax Week, April 11 to 17, 2011."
2011  tippingpoint  us  politics  policy  plutocracy  change  gamechanging  egypt  bobherbert  matttaibbi  bp  corporations  corporatism  capitalism  corruption  campaignfinance  josephstiglitz  johannhari  inequality  disparity  incomegap  taxes  crisis  banking  finance  government  bailouts  foreclosures  unions  unionbusting  wisconsin  deficits  deficitreduction  teaparty  coffeeparty  kochbrothers  havesandhavenots  money  wealth  influence  power 
february 2011 by robertogreco
Is America drowning in debt? | Dylan Ratigan [crappy transcript]
"…isn’t a question of public unions in any way abusing system. this is a question of a governor who wants to giveaway tax cuts, & a movement in this country by corporations & [plutocrats] talking about we need shared sacrifice but they get tax cut after tax cut. we’re paying the lowest amount of taxes …as we have in 50, 60 years…"<br />
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"wisconsin is #2 in country of SAT/ACT scores…5 of the lowest rated…states…have no collective bargaining w/ teachers."<br />
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"we are subsidizing by the trillion a banking system that’s gouging our country. we pay 2X what we should be paying for health care because of employer based health insurance monopolies & fee for service health care. those health care costs are passed on to all of us. would we not be having a much more beneficial conversation if we were willing to deal with systemic corruption that is the health care system that costs us double what it should & a banking system that …not only does it not invest in our country but seeks to poach…"
crisis  wisconsin  education  collectivebargaining  unions  taxes  republicans  pensions  healthcare  taxcuts  banking  finance  corruption  specialinterests  politics  policy 
february 2011 by robertogreco
What Conservatives Really Want
"basis of American democracy: empathy—citizens caring for each other, both social & personal responsibility—acting on that care, & an ethic of excellence. From these, our freedoms & way of life follow, as does role of government: to protect & empower everyone equally. Protection includes safety, health, the environment, pensions. Empowerment starts w/ education & infrastructure. No one can be free w/out these, & w/out commitment to care & act on that care by one's fellow citizens.

…Conservatives believe in individual responsibility alone, not social responsibility.…don't think government should help citizens.…don't think citizens should help each other…part of government they want to cut is not military, not government subsidies to corporations, not aspect of government that fits their worldview…want to cut part that helps people…Because that violates individual responsibility.

But where does that view of individual responsibility alone come from?

…strict father family…"
politics  economics  conservatism  republicans  democracy  empathy  socialsafetynet  society  compassion  individual  individualism  wisconsin  education  caring  2011  taxes  government  force  markets  unions  environment  georgelakoff  policy  values  conservatives 
february 2011 by robertogreco

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