Posts in: education

Freedom Socialist editorial — City College battle: not over by a long shot

August 2013

The campaign to privatize City College of San Francisco (CCSF) just got nastier. On July 3, CCSF took a shocking one-two punch. The Accreditation Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, little concerned about education quality, announced its plan to revoke this top academic school’s accreditation in July 2014. Then, the Board of Governors for California… Read more »

Saving City College of San Francisco

October 2013

Like David fighting Goliath, City College of San Francisco (CCSF) faculty are in a pitched battle to protect their union, their students, and their school from destruction. They are up against big-business forces pushing to downsize or close community colleges so that profit-making schools can take over. Corporate foundations have lobbied to bring the California… Read more »

La lucha de las y los maestros asombra con su combatividad

December 2013

Este artículo del Partido Obrero Socialista (POS) proveniente de su revista El Socialista (septiembre de 2013) describe las protestas de los maestros, las cuales han sacudido a México en meses recientes. El Sindicato Nacional de Trabajadores de la Educación es el sindicato oficial de maestros de México. La Coordinadora Nacional de Trabajadores de la Educación… Read more »

Mexico: Teacher protests an amazing example of fighting spirit

December 2013

This article by the Socialist Workers Party (Partido Obrero Socialista, POS) from their journal El Socialista (September 2013) describes protests by teachers that have swept Mexico in recent months. The National Union of Education Workers (SNTE) is the official Mexican teachers’ union. The National Coordination of Education Workers (CNTE) is a militant caucus within SNTE…. Read more »

Freedom Socialist Letters to the editor

December 2013

STOP DEPORTATIONS Palestinian American feminist targeted Rasmea Odeh is a 66-year-old Palestinian American woman, well known and admired for organizing literacy and domestic violence prevention programs for the Arab community in the Chicago area. On the morning of Oct. 22, 2013, Department of Homeland Security agents dragged her from her home — for “immigration fraud.”… Read more »

Sexual assault on campus: students organize to break the silence and end the violence

February 2014

Sexual assault is a major issue on college campuses across the country. Roughly one in four college women will experience some form of gender violence, and about 80 percent of all assailants are acquainted with the victim. To make matters worse, many colleges and universities refuse to respond appropriately to reported attacks. In October 2012,… Read more »

Harlem community battles developers, privatization of schools and housing

December 2014

In his 1951 poem Harlem, Langston Hughes asks: “What happens to a dream deferred?” More than half a century later, with hedge fund honchos and real estate moguls calling the shots, the pursuit of profit is turning Harlem’s unfinished dream of Black liberation into a struggle by residents to block transformation of the neighborhood into… Read more »

Freedom Socialist book reviews: A fascinating range of titles from our contributors

April 2015

Most Freedom Socialist writers are volunteers whose “day jobs” range from lawyer to social worker and restaurant server. Many are published authors of poetry, novels, professional literature, or political works — a sampling is reviewed below. • • • Lila, the Revolutionary, by William T. Hathaway. Nascent Books, 2014. Reviewed by Andrea Bauer Can one… Read more »