What's interesting about this is not just that Van Jones is a CNN correspondent and a former senior staffer for the Obama administration, sometimes called their "green jobs czar." No, what was really interesting is that he was standing shoulder to shoulder with the coal miners fighting to defend their pensions from a hugely wealthy coal company.
"It is not so easy to ask our young scientists to think outside the box when a significant portion of their salary (and mortgage payments) depends on guaranteeing a steady source of funding. Consequently, professors become highly attuned to the institutional priorities of various funding agencies -- often at a cost to their own creativity and desired research directions."
New York Times, 2/11/09
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How does one life make a difference?
Take Art Pape, my lifelong friend, who died of cancer last week, at 70. We met at Holy Blossom Temple religious school in a Grade 2 class (possibly, "Jewish Heroes through the Ages"), wearing little suits and chatting caustically about how disorganized things were. He was, of anyone I've known, the most clearly destined for success and stardom from early on.
The election is over, and President Barack Obama will continue as the 44th president of the United States. There will be much attention paid by the pundit class to the mechanics of the campaigns, to the techniques of microtargeting potential voters, the effectiveness of get-out-the-vote efforts. The media analysts will fill the hours on the cable news networks, proffering post-election chestnuts about the accuracy of polls, or about either candidate's success with one demographic or another. Missed by the mainstream media, but churning at the heart of our democracy, are social movements, movements without which President Obama would not have been re-elected.
The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada (CEP) presents the Neil Reimer award for social justice to representatives of the Québec student movement.
The CEP Neil Reimer Award is given bi-annually to individuals or organizations in recognition of their outstanding contribution to the public good. CEP has awarded the student movement in Québec for their work in defeating the planned tuition fee increase in their province and their outstanding mobilizing efforts of the past year.