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Finland's Public School System

This is a very interesting and worthwhile article from The Atlantic:

 

http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2011/12/what-americans-keep-ignoring-about-finlands-school-success/250564/#.TwOaKjAH9aI.mailto

Young Americans Prefer Socialism: Pew Poll

Young people more likely to favor socialism than capitalism: Pew
Young people -- the collegiate and post-college crowd, who have served as the most visible face of the Occupy Wall Street movement -- might be getting more comfortable with socialism. That's the surprising result from a Pew Research Center poll that aims to measure American sentiments toward different political labels.
The poll, published Wednesday, found that while Americans overall tend to oppose socialism by a strong margin -- 60 percent say they have a negative view of it, versus just 31 percent who say they have a positive view -- socialism has more fans than opponents among the 18-29 crowd. Forty-nine percent of people in that age bracket say they have a positive view of socialism; only 43 percent say they have a negative view.
And while those numbers aren't very far apart, it's noteworthy that they were reversed just 20 months ago, when Pew conducted a similar poll. In that survey, published May 2010, 43 percent of people age 18-29 said they had a positive view of socialism, and 49 percent said their opinion was negative.
It's not clear why young people have evidently begun to change their thinking on socialism. In the past several years, the poor economy has had any number of effects on young adults -- keeping them at home with their parents, making it difficult for them to get jobs, and likely depressing their earning potential for years to come -- that might have dampened enthusiasm for the free market among this crowd.
Indeed, the Pew poll also found that just 46 percent of people age 18-29 have positive views of capitalism, and 47 percent have negative views -- making this the only age group where support for socialism outweighs support for capitalism.
Young people have also been among the most involved in the nationwide Occupy movement, whose members have leveled pointed criticism at the capitalist ethos and often called for a more equal distribution of American wealth.
In general, income inequality -- which a Congressional Budget Office report recently pointed out is at historic levels -- has received more and more attention in politics and the media since the Occupy movement launched in mid-September. Usage of the term rose dramatically in news coverage following the start of the protests, and politicians from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to President Barack Obama have used the movement's language to describe divisions in the American public.
Still, the nationwide Occupy demonstrations notwithstanding, socialism doesn't score very well in other age groups in the Pew poll, or across other demographic categories.

Pew broke down its results by age, race, income and political affiliation, as well as support for the Occupy Wall Street and Tea Party movements. There were only two other groups among whom socialism's positives outweighed its negatives -- blacks, who say they favor socialism 55 to 36 percent, and liberal Democrats, who say they favor socialism 59 to 39 percent. These were also the only two groups to show net favor for socialism in the 2010 poll.



http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/29/young-people-socialism_n_1175218.html







Jazz Funeral for Workers' Rights at Hartford Courant- 12/8

Jazz Funeral Procession to Mourn the Death of Workers' Rights

and the loss of Unionized Janitor Jobs at the Hartford Courant.

Thursday, December 8

11AM

Gather at First Presbyterian Church (136 Capitol Ave) near the Bushnell

You are encouraged to dress for a funeral.


An injury to one is an injury to all.

When our janitor friends are under attack, what do we do?

Stand Up Fight Back!


The Hartford Courant is planning to eliminate its union janitorial staff

in order to save $100,000.


Yet it has paid out over $42,000,000 in executive bonuses this year alone.


This is on top of $207,000,000 in legal fees the Courant has paid since 2008!


Organized by the Hartford Organizing Group.

Dec12- Oakland Port Shutdown

SP Condemns Raid of Zuccotti Park-OWS

http://socialistparty-usa.org/occupywallstreet.html

Statement from the Socialist Party of New York City - November 15, 2011

Socialists Condemn the Raid of Zuccotti Park � Long Live OWS!

The Socialist Party of New York City (SPUSA) condemns the police action
taken against the months long occupation of Zuccotti Park in New York
City. Under the cover of dark, the NYPD cowardly entered the park and
forced hundreds of protesters out. The power of our Occupation is
demonstrated by the fact that the police had to shut down all subway and
car traffic to the Park because they feared solidarity demonstrations. In
the end, about 70 demonstrators refused the police orders despite the
overwhelming force and were arrested.

We strongly condemn the NYPD, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and all other parts
of the political establishment and law enforcement who were involved in
this raid. We demand the immediate release of those arrested for
non-violently occupying Zuccotti. We demand the immediate restoration of
civil liberties � especially the right to free speech and free association
� in Downtown Manhattan.

The police raid is a clear attempt to disable plans for a massive march on
November 17th. The March against the richest 1% and Wall Street is being
coordinated by community, trade union and occupation groups and will fill
Downtown Manhattan with tens of thousands of poor and working class people
who have been dispossessed by the capitalist system. Temporarily removing
the Occupation will do nothing to stop this mass outpouring of dissent.
We will march and we will demonstrate that we have the power to transform
this society no matter what level of police repression.

The Occupation movement is larger than one small park in Downtown
Manhattan. It exists everywhere there are people that resist this system.
This morning�s raid is a sign of the system�s weakness not its strength.
It signals that the use of force is the only way to deal with dissent �
the only way to temporarily quiet an Occupation, which announced boldly
that the system was broken and that another world is possible.

Poor and working class people, people without jobs, without homes, without
healthcare have finally woken up. We demand the one thing that capitalism
cannot deliver � a future, a life-a peaceful, productive life- where we
are able to develop ourselves to our fullest human potential. This is a
core belief of the Occupation movement and we share it.

As Socialists, we are permanent resisters. We stand in solidarity with
Occupy Wall Street. We will continue to spread the powerful message of
OWS that we are the 99% and that we are no longer willing to quietly
accept the economic inequality, the war and the environmental destruction
that the capitalist system is based upon. Occupy Everything!

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