5 Reasons We Need a Capital Gains Tax Now!

By Whitney Kahn, parapro sub #1: We have the worst tax system in the country. Literally. People making $24,000 pay 6x as much of their income in taxes as millionaires. If we’re taxing the poor instead of the rich, it shouldn’t be a shock that we have a funding crisis.   #2: All the cool kids are doing it 42 other states already have a capital gains tax. Why don’t we?   #3: Guess who owns most of the stocks, bonds, and investment property? (Hint: it’s not your neighbors) The reality is that a capital gains tax is closing a

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Stop Kavanaugh: We Need to be Ungovernable!

By Lauren Ware Stark, English Language Development and Humanities teacher at Cleveland High School On Thursday, September 28th, 2018, I joined the over 20 million Americans witnessing the testimonies of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Like many women and other survivors of abuse or assault, I’ve struggled with a range of emotions in the wake of their testimonies: admiration for Dr. Ford’s eloquence and composure, disdain for Kavanaugh’s entitlement and white male resentment, and empathy with the all-too-familiar details of Dr. Ford’s assault. Kavanaugh’s confirmation is moving forward despite several credible accusations, and I find

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Fight for 15%! Educators Demand Social Equity Contract or Strike!

Fight for 15%! Educators Demand Social Equity Contract or Strike! The Washington State legislature settled the McCleary case by earmarking $2 billion for educators’ salaries. The Washington Education Association has called statewide for a minimum 15% increase in total compensation in the 2018-19 contract and that all Education Support Professionals deserve at least a 36.7% increase. Many districts have already won major salary increases. If Seattle is going to remain competitive with other districts and provide a living wage in a city with skyrocketing costs, then we must demand an equitable pay increase of at least 15% across ALL bargaining

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Panel Discussion on SEA Contract Negotiations

Support the 5,000 plus educators in the Seattle Education Association (SEA) at a panel discussion about the ongoing contract negotiations with the Seattle Public School District and lessons we can learn from other labor struggles around the U.S. Our contract expires on the first day of school September 5. We call on everyone in Seattle, whether you are union or not, to stand in solidarity with us. Remember our working conditions are our students’ learning conditions. Now is our time! Solidarity with Seattle educators! This will be live-streamed on the Social Equity Educators Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/socialequityeducators/ Speakers: Alex Brower, President

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Educators’ Revolt Spreads to Higher Education Workers

By Matthew Maley, Substitute at Nova High School North Carolina, Colorado, and Indiana all are on the brink of joining the uprising of educators around the country in what is turning out to be the most important strike wave in the U.S. since the 1970’s. First, educators in West Virginia struck for nine days and won a 5% raise for all public-sector workers in the state. Then, Oklahoma educators won $6,000 raises before striking for two weeks. Next, Arizona educators struck for six days and won between 5-10% raises as well as around $400 million in funding for public education.

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Educators in Revolt: Solidarity with Oklahoma!

The recent strike by 20,000 West Virginia educators inspired and electrified educators and workers all over the country. Now on April 2, some 150,000 educators and public workers in Oklahoma are planning to strike. After suffering 11 years without a pay raise, Oklahoma teachers are among the lowest-paid educators in the United States. Along with their union, the Oklahoma Education Association, they are demanding $800 million in school funding and pay increases from the state legislature by that date or they will strike. In addition, the Oklahoma Public Employees Association announced its members would strike at that time if the

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