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Author’s Note: Over the summer, I became a member of Put People First! Pennsylvania to volunteer with the organization’s Media and Communications Committee.  Currently, the organization is working on a Health Care is a Human Right organizing campaign that is working to bring universal health …

Form-ing Dissent

September 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Editor’s Note: This was originally posted over at The Unarmed Education Mercenary by the Unarmed Education Mercenary herself, @GracieG. @GracieG was one of the participants in this past weekend’s #BurnItDown Twitter action. When she is not in the trenches fighting the adjunct rebellion, we hope …

The dirty secret of higher education in the United States is that the entire system depends upon the systematic exploitation of the majority – the super majority – of those who teach in its classrooms. As much as the right wing wants to point to …

Kathryn Knott is Our Child

September 24, 2014 // 32 Comments

Kathryn Knott is the 24-year-old young woman who, along with companions Philip Williams, 24, and Kevin Harrigan, 26, has been charged with the brutal beating of two young gay men in Philadelphia on September 11, 2014.  The three were part of a much larger group of party-goers (accounts have the …

Arsenic-Laced Coffee Good for You

September 22, 2014 // 0 Comments

You’re sitting in your favorite restaurant one balmy September morning. Your waitress brings a pot of coffee and a standard 5-ounce cup. “Would you like cream and sugar with it?” she asks. You drink your coffee black. And hot. You decline her offer. “Would you …

You may have caught the announcement that Gov. Tom Corbett was on hand to open Philadelphia’s first public compressed natural gas (CNG) filling station recently. VNG – a Bala Cynwyd-based start-up devoted to “building the national infrastructure to fuel America’s natural gas vehicles” – installed …

#PAGov: Tom Corbett About to Get Santorumed

September 3, 2014 // 3 Comments

No no, not that “Santorum,” but this Santorum. The one where Rick Santorum lost to Bob Casey by a 20 point margin in 2006, and with Robert Morris University’s latest poll, Tom Corbett is primed to be bounced out of office by a double-digit margin.  The question now is by how much. …

It’s Labor Day weekend, the schools have been in session about a week, and the disgruntled voices of a minority drone on. Their screeching refrain, often in letters to the editor and talk show call-ins, is familiar: Teachers only work half a year. Teachers are …

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