Weekly Update August 16th, 2015

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MOURNING THE PASSING OF JULIAN BOND
Statement By Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.
August 16, 2015

I was shocked, saddened and broken hearted today when I heard of the sudden death of Julian Bond. The impact of his passing cannot truly be measured. He was a friend and fellow traveler on the road of racial justice who, with courage and wisdom, set the moral and academic tone for our generation. 

He was a scholar, activist and global peace leader. He set the moral and academic tone of our generation of student activists. He raised high the moral chin bar. His father and professor Dr. Horace Mann Bond paved the way.

First, as secretary of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), he chronicled our work and students all across the South and the nation came alive. He, along with John Lewis, Ivanhoe Donaldson, Marian Wright-Edelman, James Bevel and Bernard Lafayette were transformers.

He fought to end legal segregation in the South and fought for the right to vote for people of color. He taught voter education in the Deep South amidst danger. He became a Georgia state representative, but was denied his seat because of his strong opposition to the Vietnam War. He would not bow. Muhammad Ali and others followed the trail blazed by Julian Bond.

At the Democratic National Convention in Chicago in 1968, Julian Bond was nominated to be the vice presidential nominee for the party. But in a gracious, but humorous, manner Mr. Bond declined the nomination saying that he was too young – i.e., he did not meet the age qualification.

Julian Bond was not only an educator, a fighter for political rights and domestic justice but he was a global warrior as well. He spoke out early against South African apartheid and advocated for the release of Nelson Mandela from prison.

He was very close to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. When Julian cast his ballot, he was more than a champion. He was a hero. When champions win, they ride the shoulders of the people. When heroes win people ride their shoulders.

We will always be indebted to Julian Bond who led a long life of distinguished service, including a decade of service as chairman of the NAACP.

When the Rainbow PUSH Coalition called on him for support in adding a right to vote amendment to the US Constitution he was a willing endorser and supporter.

Julian…well done good and faithful servant! RIP #JulianBond. #KEEPHOPEALIVE Love you guys!

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Blame attacks on public education for teacher shortages, Percy Brown and Tim Slekar say
by Todd D. Milewski
 

Some Wisconsin school districts have reported problems filling teaching positions as the school year approaches.

It's not a mystery why, local education leaders Percy Brown and Tim Slekar said in an interview aired on WKOW-TV's "Capitol City Sunday."

Brown, the director of equity and student achievement at Middleton High School, and Slekar, the dean of Edgewood College's School of Education, pointed to what they called a sustained war on teachers and attacks on public education.

Education policies in both Republican and Democratic presidential administrations have contributed, Brown said.

"The accusations or the blame are being placed on teachers for failure in academic achievement when we look at comparisons to other developed countries," he said. "But I see that attack as not addressing the real issues that our educational institutions are actually dealing with. We really have to look at the focus on issues of race, class and mental health issues. To put the blame on teachers does not make the profession look very attractive."


Read more at the Cap Times.
UW education professor: Tech colleges merger will be disaster without study, debate
by Pat Schneider
 

A proposed merger of Wisconsin’s two-year and technical college systems will be a disaster if state officials don’t carefully study if and how to do it, argues UW-Madison professor Michael Apple.

“That is what has happened elsewhere,” Apple, a professor of curriculum, instruction and educational policy, told Joy Cardin on Wisconsin Public Radio Thursday. "There are many hidden effects that appear only in the long term."

An “informal” group of Republican legislators met this week to talk about possible efficiencies of operation through the merger of the University of Wisconsin Colleges, a unit of the UW System composed of 13 local two-year campuses, and the Wisconsin Technical College System, which operates 16 local tech colleges.

An aide to Rep. Terry Katsma, the Oostburg Republican who convened the group, said in an email that the discussion Wednesday focused on “potential topics for research into the issue and ways in which the group might seek stakeholder input. There is not yet a firm timetable for the next steps in the study.”

Read more at the Cap Times.
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Aldermanic District
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Tuesday August 18th.
 
Join Us
September 9, 2015 at 7:00 PM
Greendale Public Library
5647 Broad Street—village of Greendale
 
****Our special guest speaker is Ms. Janan Najeeb****
 
Janan Najeeb, wife and mother of five, is a founding member and the current President of the Milwaukee Muslim Women’s Coalition and has been a spokeswoman for Milwaukee’s Muslim community to media outlets, government officials, interfaith leaders, academic institutions, hospitals, and a wide range of community groups.
 
A microbiologist by profession (UW-Milwaukee), Ms. Najeeb left her career because of the tremendous need to bridge the gap between the erroneous perception of Islam and Muslims in society and the actual beliefs and practices of the vast majority of the world’s Muslims.
 
She serves on many committees and community boards as well as being an adjunct professor at Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, teaching the Religious Culture of Islam. She also directs the new Islamic Resource Center on the south side of Milwaukee. In 2015, she founded the first Milwaukee Muslim Film Festival.
 
Ms. Najeeb is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions including the International Institute of Wisconsin’s World Citizen Award, The Wisconsin Community Fund’s Grantee of the Year Award, CAIR’s (Council on American Islamic Relations) national award for activism, ACLU’s Special Recognition Award, as well as being named by Wisconsin Woman Magazine as a Leader Making a Difference.
 
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The Surprising Brain Differences Between Democrats and Republicans

by Chris Mooney
 

It is still considered highly uncool to ascribe a person's political beliefs, even in part, to that person's biology: hormones, physiological responses, even brain structures and genes. And no wonder: Doing so raises all kinds of thorny, non-PC issues involving free will, determinism, toleration, and much else.

There's just one problem: Published scientific research keeps going there, with ever increasing audacity (not to mention growing stacks of data).

The past two weeks have seen not one but two studies published in scientific journals on the biological underpinnings of political ideology. And these studies go straight at the role of genes and the brain in shaping our views, and even our votes.

First, in the American Journal of Political Science, a team of researchers including Peter Hatemi of Penn State University and Rose McDermott of Brown University studied the relationship between our deep-seated tendencies to experience fear—tendencies that vary from person to person, partly for reasons that seem rooted in our genes—and our political beliefs. What they found is that people who have more fearful disposition also tend to be more politically conservative, and less tolerant of immigrants and people of races different from their own. As McDermott carefully emphasizes, that does not mean that every conservative has a high fear disposition. "It's not that conservative people are more fearful, it's that fearful people are more conservative," as she puts it.

I interviewed the paper's lead author, Peter Hatemi, about his research for my 2012 book The Republican Brain. Hatemi is both a political scientist and also a microbiologist, and as he stressed to me, "nothing is all genes, or all environment." These forces combine to make us who we are, in incredibly intricate ways.

Read More at Mother Jones.

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