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Supporters of the Chicago Teacher’s Union will rally at the Thompson Center, Clark & Randolph in Chicago, on Friday, April 1, 4 PM (though students supporters will begin shortly after Noon). Chicago DSA will be there. Look for our banner. For more information, see below or click: RSVP MORE INFORMATION. Also MORE INFORMATION. Also still MORE INFORMATION.
National People’s Action has issued a report on the measures it and its allies took in support of Kim Foxx’ primary election victory for States Attorney in March. Your editor thinks the report may be a tad optimistic in assessing the effectiveness of the campaign but he also thinks that Foxx’ victory would have been seriously in doubt without it. Judge for yourself; the PDF is HERE.
At Truthout, George Lakoff deconstructs Donald Trump’s success by beginning:
Donald Trump is winning Republican presidential primaries at such a great rate that he seems likely to become the next Republican presidential nominee and perhaps the next president. Democrats have little understanding of why he is winning — and winning handily, and even many Republicans don’t see him as a Republican and are trying to stop him, but don’t know how. There are various theories: People are angry and he speaks to their anger. People don’t think much of Congress and want a non-politician. Both may be true. But why? What are the details? And Why Trump?
The History of Economic Inequality in Illinois
The Illinois Economic Policy Institute has published the first ever historical analysis of economic inequality in Illinois, spanning 1850 through 2014. A PDF of the document is HERE.
It’s the Economy, Stupid
At Belt Magazine, Scott Beauchamp begins:
After months and months of media coverage declaring “economic populism” the theme of the presidential campaign –- and for both parties, no less –- it would be easy to succumb to short-term amnesia and assume that this has always been the case. It hasn’t. Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush were the favorites as recently as November. Since then, Bush’s campaign, like a dying star, has collapsed under the weight of its own expectations. And Hillary Clinton, though still leading the delegate count, has gone more rounds with Bernie Sanders than most people predicted she’d be forced to, notably here in the Rust Belt. And, ever the cagey politician, to even get this far she’s had to appropriate some of his rhetoric along the way. In Michigan, a total of 1,078,973 people combined voted for two candidates that are hostile to the way we currently conduct trade. In Illinois it was 1,519,506. In Ohio, 1,241,134. How could economic dissatisfaction on this scale come as a surprise to what Nadine Hubbs calls “the narrating class”? There are two reasons. For one, pundits consistently ignore the economic concerns of the working class –- at least until election time. Secondly, those pundits haven’t had their jobs outsourced or automated. Yet.