28 July 2009

Rouge Forum Update--July 20--from Rich

Dear Friends,

The Rouge Forum No Blood For Oil page is up and updated at www.rougeforum.org.

Remember, nominations for the Rouge Forum Steering Committee can be made to Community Coordinator Adam Renner by August 15 (arenner@bellarmine.edu)

On the Capitalist Education for War and Inequality Front:Obama to Schools: Change Tenure Laws or Else: The Ed Stim is Merit Pay: http://gothamschools.org/2009/07/09/obama-official-to-new-york-change-your-tenure-law-or-else/comment-page-1/#comment-154665

UC System Demands 9% Tuition Hike and 8% Pay Cut While Class Size Boomshttp://www3.signonsandiego.com/stories/2009/jul/15/bn15uc-budget-cuts/?california

CSU Boss Wants 20% Tuition Hike: http://www.sacbee.com/topstories/story/2033136.html

Substance News carries the wrap up of the National Education Association Rep Assembly: www.substancenews.net

Linda Chavez, a top aide to the American Federation of Teachers' Albert Shanker, testifies against Sotomayor: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wpdyn/content/article/2009/07/16/AR2009071603124.html

On "The Depression can only be a passing fancy" Front: Paul Craig Roberts: "This should tell even the most dimwitted patriot who “their” government represents." http://www.counterpunch.org/roberts07162009.html

Rolling Stone on Goldman Sachs and the Great American Bubble Machine: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/story/28816321/the_great_american_bubble_machine/print

#Chart on the Waves of California Jobs Lost: http://www.sacbee.com/1232/rich_media/2022115.html

Reuters: Foreclosures Hit Record High: http://www.reuters.com/article/domesticNews/idUSTRE56F0XK20090716

The International War of the Rich on the Poor Front: The Bushamagogue Assassination Schemes http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jeremy-scahill/the-democrats-selective-a_b_233708.html

Michael Klare's Shocker: Iraq as the New Oil Pump http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175095

And the Resistance (bad example/good example) Front: So Long EFCA: Union Bosses Can Deliver---nothing: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/17/business/17union.html. UK Public Worker Strikes Rise http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/newspid=20601087&sid=aw6B8IQyUQME

The many crises grow around us apace. Unemployment and foreclosures mean an eradicated tax base, meaning more demands for cuts on education and services, increased taxation of those who have a little, more pr to crush hope in the sense that nothing can be done, more police activity to raise funds and tamp down resistance, and more spectacles. On the war front, more war---for oil, regional control, that is, profits, using the children of the poor to fight the children of the poor on behalf of the rich in their homelands. What stops the madness? Understanding that the core issue of our time is the relationship of rising color-coded inequality to the potential of mass class-conscious resistance. That has been the project of the Rouge Forum, connection reason to power, for more than a decade.

Please join us and help lead the fight-backs that will come.

Thanks to Bob, Al, Sean, Amber, Tony, Kino, Marisol, the Dean, Candace, Sally, Sheri, Barb and Ken (yes, that is right), Donna, Brian, Adam and Gina, Koli, Jesus, Ashwana, Bill, Joe, Dariah, the Susans, and Ann.

Good luck to us,
every one.

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