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PHILADELPHIA -- At a press conference this morning (June 17th) at the Bellevue hotel, a group of parents and Philadelphia School District employees began an indefinite fast in protest of deteriorating safety conditions in Philly’s public schools, including last week’s announcement that 3,783 school district workers would be laid off at the end of the school year.
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On a hot summer day, hundreds of supporters of Pfc. Bradley Manning gathered outside the gates of Fort Meade in Maryland, where Manning’s trial is scheduled to begin on June 3. They came on Saturday from cities on the east coast and other parts of the United States to show their support for someone they consider to be not only a whistleblower but also a hero.
If given the attention it deserves, an important new book is certain to make significant contributions to the public discussions of US prison policy. The author, Shawn Griffith, was released last year from Florida’s prison system at the age of 41, after spending most of his life, almost 24 years, behind bars, including seven in solitary confinement.
Lt. Col. Jeffrey Kusinski was arrested the other day for groping a woman in a parking lot at one in the morning in Washington, D.C.'s Crystal City. Just another incident involving sexual coercion and an American solider, one of a number of recent incidents that have dramatized the alarming extent of the problem -- except for one thing: Kusinski was in charge of the Air Force's Sexual Assault and Prevention unit.
May 8, lawyers for Russell ‘Maroon’ Shoatz filed a federal lawsuit regarding his placement in solitary confinement for over 22 consecutive years. Last month, when a 30-day action campaign was launched, lawyers promised to file this litigation if Maroon had not been transferred into general population by the morning of the 8th.
Sharing Best Practices - Teachers Take Collaborative Approach to
May 21st Professional Collaboration at Central High School
Philadelphia, May 7, 2013 - This Election Day, Philadelphia public school
teachers from nine different schools will gather at Central High School to
exercise their right to choose. Instead of selecting their favorite
candidate, however, these educators will select what areas of professional
development will benefit them the most in furthering their practice.
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