2019-05-15: Social Media Postees

On Duterte's success in rigging the elections
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-05-15
Fight Back News Service is circulating the following May 14 statement by Jose Maria Sison, National Democratic Front of the Philippines Chief Political Consultant. | As I have predicted, Duterte is successful in rigging the May 13 elections to deliver to his candidates a false victory in the crucial senatorial race. As I have pointed out, he has to rig the elections because he has the power and the criminal personality and motivation to do so because clean and honest elections would have allowed the opposition senatorial candidates to win and frustrate his greed for power and plunder. | The rigging included the d…
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Bernie Sanders Delivers Online Address: 'We Must Not Go to War With Iran'
Jon Queally, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-15
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders on Tuesday came out forcefully against the Trump administration angling the United States into another costly and unnecessary war of choice in the Middle East—this time against Iran—delivering an online address in which he warned that any military action without approval from Congress would be an "unconstitutional and illegal" breach of office. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Canadian Green Leader Supports Same Old Pro-Imperialist Foreign Policies
Yves Engler | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-15
Does Elizabeth May hate Palestinians? Does the Green Party leader want the Trump administration to attack Iran? Does she support efforts to overthrow Venezuela's government? I've been asking myself these questions since reading a Canadian Jewish News story about Paul Manly's recent victory in the Nanaimo-Ladysmith bi-election. In a story titled "Concerns raised over new …
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Duterte consolidates hold on Philippine politics in midterm election
wsws.org | 2019-05-15
The ruling class opponents to Duterte have suffered a historic defeat, securing not a single seat in the Senate.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/15/phil…

Hunter "Meet the Candidates" Forum exposes major parties
wsws.org | 2019-05-15
SEP candidate Max Boddy said that "the elephant in this election campaign is the deafening silence on the persecution of Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning."
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/15/hunt…

Sunrise Movement Calls for Mass Climate Demonstration Outside Democratic Debate in Detroit
Rachel M. Cohen | theintercept.com | 2019-05-14
On Monday night, at the final stop on the Sunrise Movement's " Road to a Green New Deal" tour across the United States, the group called for a mass, youth-led mobilization to pressure Democratic candidates to make the 2020 election a referendum on climate change. On July 30, the scheduled date for the second Democratic presidential debate, Sunrise hopes to bring tens of thousands of young people to Detroit to present all the Democratic contenders with three demands: | Sign the no fossil fuel money pledge. | Commit to makin…
theintercept.com/2019/05/13/sunrise-move…

How to Move Toward Impeachment, Now
Jeffrey C. Isaac | commondreams.org | 2019-05-14
Trump has been attacking Democrats, and vulnerable populations, and the Constitution, for months now. It is time for the Democrats to fight back. (Photo: Michael Reynolds/European Pressphoto Agency) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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"Middle-of-the-Road" Climate Plans From Centrist Democrats Won't Save Us, Warns AOC at Green New Deal Rally
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-14
Vowing not to allow centrist and conservative politicians from both the Democratic and Republican parties hamstring the push for a Green New Deal, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez issued a rebuke on Monday to longtime members of Congress and presidential candidates who claim incremental measures will solve the climate crisis. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Elizabeth Warren turns down invite from 'hate-for-profit racket' Fox News
rt.com | 2019-05-14
Despite the success Bernie Sanders had with a Fox News town hall, fellow 2020 Democrat contender Elizabeth Warren has rejected the network's invitation, accusing Fox of racism, bigotry and hate. | …
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Conservative Dems' Rural Voter Project Is All About Sinking Medicare-for-All
Ilana Novick | truthdig.com | 2019-05-14
Two conservative former Democratic senators, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Donnelly of Indiana, have launched the One Country Project, a 501(c)(4) not-for-profit organization that aims to attract rural voters to the Democratic Party. However, according to Maplight's Andrew Perez, working in partnership with The Intercept, the organization is also a "dark money" group, using the two former lawmakers to push an anti-Medicare-for-all agenda. | Perez found that "the One Country Project's website is registered to…
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Staff of Democratic lawmakers attend corporate lobbyists 'luxury retreat' pushing to undermine Medicare for All
Ashley Curtin | nationofchange.org | 2019-05-14
Hosted by corporate lobbyists, several staffers for democratic lawmakers of the United States attended a relaxing and luxurious retreat in Middleburg, Virginia this past weekend undermining single-payer insurance as millions of Americans and progressive lawmakers make a push to support Medicare for All at the grassroots level. There were "around four dozen senior congressional staffers decamped for a weekend of relaxation and discussion at Salamander Resort & Spa" including chiefs of staff for House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.), The Intercept reported. | The…
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The Progressive Roots of Trump's Trade War Politics
Ruth Conniff | progressive.org | 2019-05-14
The President's get-tough stance on China resonates with working people's frustrations about trade "deals" that leave ordinary Americans scrambling. Democrats ignore that at their peril.
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Tulsi Gabbard would drop charges against Assange & Snowden
rt.com | 2019-05-14
Democrat presidential hopeful Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) said she would drop all charges against Julian Assange and Edward Snowden, as their prosecution would have a "chilling effect" on free press and whistleblowers. | …
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No blank check for ANC after election win in South Africa
Mark Waller | peoplesworld.org | 2019-05-14
The African National Congress has been returned to power after bruising national and provincial elections that saw it fend off competition from the main opposition parties, the larger center-right Democratic Alliance and the populist left Economic Freedom Fighters. The ANC won 57% of the vote, its poorest showing yet, but a triumph for a party …
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AOC & Bernie Join Sunrise Movement in DC Town Hall
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-14
At the town hall, the Sunrise Movement launched the next phase of their Green New Deal campaign: making three demands of Democratic presidential contenders…
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Republicans launch "anti-Semitism" smear campaign against Representative Rashida Tlaib
wsws.org | 2019-05-14
The attacks on the Detroit congresswoman follow a similar campaign against Representative Ilhan Omar earlier in the year.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/14/tlai…

After Front Row Seat to Obama Years, Biden Called 'Remarkably Naive' for Saying He Expects GOP 'Epiphany' After 2020
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-14
"He's literally saying there will be a divine revelation and Republicans will come around." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Announcing Bernie or Bust 2.0: Electoral warriors for the Green New Deal
Patrick Walker | nationofchange.org | 2019-05-14
We need a populist GND — championed by a principled populist like Sanders — to sweep today's criminally insane Republicans (whom Biden likes so much) into the dustbin of history.
nationofchange.org/2019/05/14/announcing…

Is three weeks of early voting a bad thing?
kathy_f | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-14
With Election Day in sight, there was a palpable sense of relief at an inner west Sydney early voting booth where I had volunteered over the past few weeks. It feels like a long campaign. | The impact of the first ever three-week pre-poll has been a regularly occurring conversation. One view is that it is bad for "democracy", and having the national population vote on the same day brings with it an equalising effect. Another view is that early voters may not take into account the latest policy announcement or budget statement — or even candidate disendorsement, of which there have been quite a few. | It is…
greenleft.org.au/content/three-weeks-early-voting-bad-thing

Change UK's embarrassing new campaign literature shows it's still all about them
Joshua Funnell | thecanary.co | 2019-05-14
As the UK gears up for the EU elections, parties are releasing their campaign literature. New pro-remain centrist party Change UK is no exception. | But if the reaction to its leaflet is anything to go by, it might consider changing the design team. And one thing it shows hasn't 'changed' is that it's still all about them. | As usual, it's all about them: | Change UK is the rebranded party of the Independent Group. It's made up of Labour and Co…
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Trump's Election Has Boosted Israeli Settlement Construction
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-05-14
JERUSALEM — Israel's government went on a spending binge in its West Bank settlements following the election of President Donald Trump, according to official data obtained by The Associated Press. | Both supporters and detractors of the settlement movement have previously referred to a "Trump effect," claiming the president's friendlier approach to the settlements is leading to additional West Bank construction. | While the new Israeli figures obtained in a freedom of information request do not prove a direct connection, they indicate this process may already be underway, showing a 39% increase in 2017 spen…
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Trump welcomes Hungarian far-right prime minister Orbán to the White House
wsws.org | 2019-05-14
The Trump administration is sending a clear message of endorsement of the far-right in the upcoming European elections.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/14/orba…

Social Media Footprints and Electioneering in Australia
Binoy Kampmark | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-14
It has been an uninspiring election, punctuated by occasional moments of madness on the part of various candidates. Their sin was to be incautious in their previous use of social media, a form of communication that reveals everything and nothing about a person. In a political sense, the erring tweet and the injudicious remark on…
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Trump slams Rashida Tlaib for 'tremendous hatred of Israel' after controversial Holocaust comment
rt.com | 2019-05-13
US President Donald Trump has lashed out at Democratic Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, accusing her of "tremendous hatred of Israel and the Jewish people" after she made controversial comments about the Holocaust. | …
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13 Questions All Presidential Candidates Must Answer About Nuclear War
David Keppel | thenation.com | 2019-05-13
13 Questions All Presidential Candidates Must Answer About Nuclear War…
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Liberian Refugee Wilmot Collins, Mayor of Helena, Launches Bid for Montana Senate Seat
Akela Lacy | theintercept.com | 2019-05-13
Wilmot Collins is running for Senate against incumbent Republican Steve Daines, he will announce Monday. | The entry of Collins into the race gives Democrats a mold-breaking candidate who is unlike the type that would be recruited by operatives in Washington. Collins is Montana's first and only black mayor — a veteran, a father, and a refugee from Liberia. | Democrats have hoped that Governor Steve Bullock would launch a Senate campaign against the milquetoast Daines, but he has instead been flirting with joining the presidential field, which he apparently believes might benefit from at least one more obscu…
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Arundhati Roy on the Indian Election and Narendra Modi's "Far-Right, Hindu Nationalist" Agenda
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-05-13
In India, the sixth phase of voting has concluded in a highly anticipated parliamentary election that is widely seen as a referendum on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is seeking a second term in office. India is the world's largest democracy with 900 million eligible voters. The final phase of voting will take place on May 19 and vote counting will begin on May 23. Modi's Hindu nationalist BJP won a landslide victory in 2014. His government has been criticized for a crackdown on civil society, targeting political opponents, journalists, human rights activists, lawyers and writers. Human rights groups have also…
www.democracynow.org/2019/5/13/arundhati…

South African Elections, US-China trade war, Istanbul and Iran
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-05-13
Elections in South Africa The ruling African National Congress Party (ANC) won the parliamentary elections in South Africa with 57.51% of the vote, the election commission reported. General elections, during which the country's parliament and national government headed by the president are elected, were held in South Africa on Wednesday. According to the data of …
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Florida Activists Fight Against Bill Preventing Former Felons from Voting
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-12
Last year Florida voters approved a ballot measure called Amendment 4 which restored voting rights of an estimated 1.5 million former felons. To counteract this amendment 4, Republicans proposed a bill that would require former felons to pay court costs and fines before they are able to vote — what activists are calling a poll…
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A Great Flushing Out: Social Media Footprints and Electioneering in Australia
Binoy Kampmark | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-12
It has been an uninspiring election, punctuated by occasional moments of madness on the part of various candidates. Their sin was to be incautious in their previous use of social media, a form of communication that reveals everything and nothing about a person. In a political sense, the erring tweet and the injudicious remark on …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/05/a-great-flush…

Lobbyists Working to Undermine Medicare For All Host Congressional Staff at Luxury Resort
Lee Fang | theintercept.com | 2019-05-11
At a luxury resort just outside of the nation's capital last month, around four dozen senior congressional staffers decamped for a weekend of relaxation and discussion at Salamander Resort & Spa. It was an opportunity for Democrats and Republicans to come together and listen to live music from the Trailer Grass Orchestra, sip surprisingly impressive glasses of Virginia wine — and hear from health care lobbyists focused on defeating Medicare for All. | The event was hosted by a group called Center Forward and featured a lecture from industry lobbyists leading the charge on undermining progressive health care…
theintercept.com/2019/05/11/health-care-…

Anti-CSG activists say Santos must be stopped
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-10
About 60 anti-coal seam gas campaigners gathered outside NSW parliament on May 7 to greet newly-elected MPs with a clear message: stop Santos' Narrabri Gas Project in the state's north west. | The action was organised by Stop CSG Sydney and the Knitting Nannas and Friends. | Protesters received a positive response from some MPs, including the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party (SFF), the NSW Greens and an independent. | SFF's Roy Butler recommitted his party to opposing CSG developments. He also said his party supported a moratorium on CSG until all of the Chief Scientist's recommendations are implemented. | But…
greenleft.org.au/content/anti-csg-activists-say-santos-must-be-stopped

Greens candidate: 'The system is stacked to work for the two major parties'
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-10
Former NSW Fire Brigades Employees Union (FBEU) state secretary Jim Casey is standing as the Greens candidate for the seat of Grayndler in inner west Sydney. He spoke to Green Left Weekly's Rachel Evans about his campaign. | You are involved in the Stop Adani campaign. How do you see the movement stopping this catastrophic project? | The first step is to get rid of [Prime Minister] Scott Morrison. The second step is to build a movement, which requires thousands of people having thousands of conversations in the suburbs, in the cities, in the country. | Adani is the coalface of the broader struggle of stopping cl…
greenleft.org.au/content/greens-candidate-system-stacked-work-two-major-parties

Greens, preferences and radical social change
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-10
This federal election is taking place at a time when the need for radical social and economic change is palpable: the escalating climate crisis and rampant and growing inequality are two major symptoms of the bankruptcy of capitalism. | The school climate strike movement is one manifestation of the desire for meaningful change. And there are many others too. | But while radical change is needed, those who campaign for it are still too often derided as extremist or idealist (with the exception of the students who the powers-that-be hope will "grow up" and embrace pragmatism). | There is a strong desire to get rid…
greenleft.org.au/content/greens-preferences-and-radical-social-change

Distorting 'Democracy' in Venezuela Coverage
Gregory Shupak | fair.org | 2019-05-10
Writing of the failed US-sponsored coup attempt in Venezuela on April 30, Uri Friedman of The Atlantic ( 5/1/19) referred to the Venezuelan branch of the coup as Juan "Guaidó's pro-democracy movement." The logical contradiction could scarcely be more pronounced: A wave of Friedman's wand transforms a political force seeking the military overthrow of Venezuela's elected government into a "pro-democracy movement." | The Venezuelan government's current mandate comes from winning an election on May 20, 20…
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Venezuela: How one local council is working to overcome the crisis through people's power
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-10
In the midst of Venezuela's prolonged economic crisis, in which state budgets and support for the governing socialists steadily contract, at least one municipal council is bucking the trend. The key, according to the local mayor, has been focusing on people's power and self-management. | Paéz is a rural municipality located in Apure state, along the tense border with Colombia. Opposition-controlled Tachira state lies to its west. | Despite this conflictive surrounding, José María "Chema" Romero managed to increase the United Socialist Party of Venezuela's (PSUV) vote in the 2017 mayoral elections by 70% from its…
greenleft.org.au/content/venezuela-how-one-local-council-working-overcome-crisis-through-peoples-power

Wayne Wharton: 'All power to the workers, Treaty now!'
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-10
Prominent Aboriginal elder Wayne Wharton is making a tilt for the senate in Queensland this election, campaigning on issues such as justice for Aboriginal people, justice reinvestment and an improved aged care system. | Wharton told Green Left Weekly: "The systems that we've had for the last 230 years is broken, they're useless." | These include the legal system which, he says, is based on a "feudal system of punishment" instead of rehabilitation, and the two-party system, in which the big parties have become dominated by "top-end-of-town corruption". | Wharton believes the government should reflect the diversity…
greenleft.org.au/content/wayne-wharton-all-power-workers-treaty-now

Trump ratchets up anti-immigrant campaign
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-09
While much of the media continues to focus on the Mueller report and the squabbles between the White House and the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives, US President Donald Trump's real crimes are scarcely addressed or are ignored altogether. | This column will take up one of these crimes, Trump's intensification of his racist war on immigrants. He is not alone on this — the ultra-right throughout Europe and elsewhere have similar anti-immigrant policies. | In recent weeks Trump has appointed new officials at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
greenleft.org.au/content/trump-ratchets-anti-immigrant-campaign

Jacksonville celebrates May Day
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-05-09
Jacksonville, FL — About 35 people gathered on May 1 to celebrate International Workers' Day in Jacksonville. The rally was held in front of the Duval County Courthouse. Members of several local trade unions were present, including Letter Carriers, Teamsters, SEIU, Teachers, and IATSE. Other local activist groups included the Community Action Committee, Students for a Democratic Society, Progressive Coalition, Palestine Solidarity Network, the Northside Coalition, and the local Democratic Black Caucus. | The rally was united under the theme of building alliances between different groups and organizations. A…
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Trump's Contempt for Democracy is Pushing Congress Toward Impeachment
Ruth Conniff | progressive.org | 2019-05-09
Politically, it might make more sense to focus on the next election, but Constitutionally, Democrats in Congress have no choice but to go after Trump now.
progressive.org/dispatches/constitutiona…

Rivers in crisis demand real water solutions now
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-09
A key federal election issue, which the carefully stage-managed leaders' debates are ignoring, is one on which all our lives depend: access to clean drinking water. | Our rivers are dying and our artesian basins are being poisoned because river water is being sold off at bargain basement rates to the major parties' corporate donors. | Corruption and water theft is just a part of how business is done in large parts of the Murray-Darling Basin. | Water security is vital for rural communities because water sourced from artesian bores and rivers is crucial for farming, especially as prolonged drought bites hard all t…
greenleft.org.au/content/rivers-crisis-demand-real-water-solutions-now

State Capture Crisis Grips South African Elections
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-09
Widespread corruption, unemployment, inequity and disillusionment hovers over South African elections. We must have higher expectations from a national liberation movement says Professor Rasigan Maharajh…
therealnews.com/stories/state-capture-cr…

Turkish electoral commission calls for recount in Istanbul
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-05-09
Yesterday, the Turkish Central election commission made a final decision in regard to the contested election results for mayor of Istanbul, which took place on March 31. After the candidate from the opposition Republican People's Party (NPP), Ekrem ƒ∞mamoƒülu, declared victory with a margin of only 13,729 votes, the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) …
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Corporate Media Target Gabbard for Her Anti-Interventionism–a Word They Can Barely Pronounce
Owen Walsh | fair.org | 2019-05-08
Tulsi Gabbard being challenged on The View ( 2/20/19) by Ana Navarro: "Why are you so against intervention in Venezuela?" | Presidential hopeful Tulsi Gabbard has not garnered much press coverage since announcing her bid on February 2; she's the 13th-most-mentioned Democratic candidate on TV news, according to FAIR's most recent count ( 4/14/19). | But when corporate media do talk about the Hawaii congressmember, they tend to reveal more about themselves than about her. | A veteran…
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Supermajority: Cecile Richards Teams With Alicia Garza & Ai-jen Poo to Mobilize Women Voters in 2020
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-05-08
As the 2020 primary and general election season heats up, we speak with former Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards about Supermajority, the new political action group she helped launch that aims to train a new generation of women activists to take on grassroots campaigns and electoral politics. "Women are the majority of voters … the volunteers, we're increasingly the donors, increasingly the candidates, and it's time for political equity," says Richards. "We want to build a multi-racial, intergenerational movement to increase women's power." Supermajority was co-founded by Black Lives Matter co-founde…
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Elections in South Africa: what problems will the country's future president inherent?
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-05-07
Parliamentary elections in South Africa will be held on May 8, 2019, for the sixth time since the end of apartheid in 1994. Africans will also vote for candidates in the provincial legislative assemblies. In addition, a new president will be elected. The current atmosphere The atmosphere in South Africa in recent months is one …
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Tom Hayden, Giant of the New Left Remembered
Paul Buhle | progressive.org | 2019-05-04
A new biography of Tom Hayden tracks his political life, as a radical activist and later as a prominent California Democrat.
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The prospect of an Italian — Hungarian alliance outside a common voting block
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-05-02
On the eve of the European Parliamentary elections scheduled for May 23-26, Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini will go to Budapest for the first time. In partenza per l'Ungheria per costruire la nuova Europa e tanto felice perché oggi il Parlamento approva l'educazione civica obbligatoria nelle scuole. Promessa mantenuta!Buona giornata Amici‚òÄÔ∏è pic.twitter.com/vCkwRfopRy — Matteo Salvini …
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How the People Beat the Privatizers in Milwaukee Public Schools
Ruth Conniff | progressive.org | 2019-05-02
In an historic election, the school board, long hospitable to private interests, is now controlled by a pro-public-school majority. That's big news in a city that has had a giant target painted on it by the national school-choice lobby.
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