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The battle lines are drawn: a government shutdown over DACA appears likely

Back in September before the last threatened government shutdown, Donald Trump surprisingly worked out a deal with Democratic leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi to keep the government open and raised expectations that a deal could be struck on DACA and the DREAMers. I warned you at the time, A DACA deal with ‘Amnesty Don’? Don’t believe it until it actually happens.

The Trump administration had rescinded DACA in early September, giving Congress a March 5 deadline to pass a bill allowing its nearly 690,000 beneficiaries to stay and work in the United States.

It was not long afterwards that Trump reneged on his deal for DACA and the DREAMers. Deal making with the devil on DACA. I warned you.

The next deadline for a government shutdown is Friday, December 8. Democrats have vowed to withhold votes from the spending bill should it not address DACA and the DREAMers. Government shutdown looms in December over DACA.

A government shutdown now appears more likely after the antics of our Twitter-troll-in-chief today. “President Trump on Tuesday cast doubt on Washington’s ability to avoid a government shutdown, writing on Twitter that he didn’t believe a deal could be reached with Democrats.” Trump: ‘I don’t see a deal’ to avoid government shutdown:

The tweet came hours before Trump was to meet at the White House with GOP congressional leaders as well as Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

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Ah, now there’s the “@realDonaldTrump” we all know and despise, the xenophobic, anti-immigrant white nationalist racist who takes his cues from his alt-right white nationalist advisers, Stephen Bannon and Stephen Miller, who are willing to take the DREAMers hostage in order to extort funding from Congress for Trump’s “big beautiful wall” along the Mexican border that even the GOP leadership in Congress does not want and has not provided funding.

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Warning: School Choice Can be Hazardous to Your Community

Cross-posted from RestoreReason.com.

Carol Burris, Executive Director of the Diane Ravitch’s Network for Public Education, recently wrote about the direction President-Elect Trump appears headed with education. “There are clear indications” she said, “that President Obama’s Race to the Top will be replaced with something that could be called ‘Race to the Bank’, as the movement to privatize education seems certain to accelerate.” Trump’s promise to redirect $20 billion in federal funds (most likely in Title I monies), is a good indication of that desire to accelerate. Of the redirect, Trump himself said, “Not only would this empower families, but it would create a massive education market that is competitive and produces better outcomes, and I mean far better outcomes.” Recent studies though, just don’t bear out those “far better outcomes” and although Congress previously considered redirecting Title I funds, they scrapped it with the Every Student Succeeds Act.

Nonetheless, Trump seems determined to press ahead as indicated today by his pick of Betsy DeVos, a forceful advocate for private school voucher programs nationwide, as his Secretary of Education.  And although his website claims that school choice is “the civil rights issue of our time”, the Nation’s leading public education advocate, Diane Ravitch writes, “school choice is not the civil rights issue of our time, as its proponents claim; it is the predictable way to roll back civil rights in our time.” Her words are born out by the fact that segregation in the United States is now the highest it has been since the early 1960s. And to that point, the Arizona Republic writes that vouchers, tax credits and charters are used “by those who least need help”, “siphon money from traditional district schools”, and “are thinly disguised workarounds that wealthy parents can use to keep their kids out of the district schools where students of color are in the majority.” Jeff Bryant, on educationopportunitynetwork.org, writes, “it’s hard to see how a system based on school choice – that so easily accentuates the advantages of the privileged – is going to benefit the whole community, especially those who are the most chronically under-served.” After all, we all know there are plenty of disadvantaged families who will likely never be able to access school choice options, partially because it really is schools’ choice. This reality plays out every day when commercial schools either don’t admit those students they don’t want or, weed them out early on.  The desire to not call attention to that truth may be part of the reason we’ve begun to see the rebranding of “school choice” to “parental choice.” Continue reading

46th Annual Juneteenth Festival on June 18

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“Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States.”

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MLK Civil rights film “Selma” at the Loft

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 6 AT 7:00PM | REGULAR ADMISSION PRICES at The Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. Tucson

“See the Oscar-winning 2014 drama Selma, followed by an onstage discussion with journalist and author Diane McWhorter, whose acclaimed book “Carry Me Home,” an account of the civil rights revolution in Birmingham, Alabama, won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction.

Journalism on Screen is an ongoing series combining films that explore the world of journalism with lively discussions with experts and industry professionals. Presented by The New York Times, The University of Arizona College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, The University of Arizona School of Journalism, The Arizona Inn and The Loft Cinema.

Selma is the story of a movement. The film chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition.

The epic march from Selma to Montgomery culminated in President Johnson (Tom Wilkinson) signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement. Director Ava DuVernay’s Oscar-winning a Selma tells the real story of how the revered leader and visionary Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (David Oyelowo, delivering an unforgettable performance) and his brothers and sisters in the movement prompted change that forever altered history. (Dir. by Ava DuVernay, 2014, USA, 127 mins., Rated PG-13)

Rebecca Diane McWhorter is a journalist, commentator and author who has written extensively about race and the history of civil rights. Her book, “Carry Me Home: Birmingham, Alabama, the Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution,” was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction and the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize in 2002. She is also the author of the 2004 book “A Dream of Freedom,” a young adult history of the civil rights movement. “page of USA Today, Slate, and many other publications.”

 

New location for Martin Luther King Day March & Rally

The MLK March and Celebration will take place on Monday,  January 19 at 9 a.m.   Participants will march from Santa Rita Park, 401 E. 22nd Street (corner of N. 4th Avenue)  to Armory Park, 221 S. 6th Ave (NE corner of E. 13th Street), Tucson, AZ.  There will be a rally and program starting at 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Armory Park, across from the Tucson Children’s Museum. 

 (Previous years this march on the MLK Holiday  started at the UA Mall and marched to Reid Park). 

More about civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. who was assassinated in 1968: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Luther_King,_Jr.

The MLK Holiday is on February 19, go to our Blog for Arizona Calendar for more events for that day including a Freedom Song  Singalong at 3 p.m. and free Black American history  film “Through a Lens Darkly”  at the Loft Theater at 5 p.m.

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