The Rouge Forum No Blood For Oil page is up and updated at www.rougeforum.org.
Remember, nominations for the Rouge Forum Steering Committee can be made to Community Coordinator Adam Renner by August 15.
On the Capitalist Education for War and Inequality Front:
Obama to Schools: Change Tenure Laws or Else: The Ed Stim is Merit Pay
UC System Demands 9% Tuition Hike and 8% Pay Cut While Class Size Booms
CSU Boss Wants 20% Tuition Hike
Substance News carries the wrap up of the National Education Association Rep Assembly
Linda Chavez, a top aide to the American Federation of Teachers’ Albert Shanker, testifies against Sotomayor
On “The Depression can only be a passing fancy” Front:
Paul Craig Roberts: “This should tell even the most dimwitted patriot who “their” government represents.”
Rolling Stone on Goldman Sachs and the Great American Bubble Machine
Chart on the Waves of California Jobs Lost
Reuters: Foreclosures Hit Record High
The International War of the Rich on the Poor Front:
The Bushamagogue Assassination Schemes
Michael Klare’s Shocker: Iraq as the New Oil Pump
And the Resistance (bad example/good example) Front:
So Long EFCA: Union Bosses Can Deliver—nothing
The many crises grow around us apace. Unemployment and foreclosures mean an eradicated tax base, meaning more demands for cuts on education and services, increased taxation of those who have a little, more PR to crush hope in the sense that nothing can be done, more police activity to raise funds and tamp down resistance, and more spectacles. On the war front, more war—for oil, regional control, that is, profits, using the children of the poor to fight the children of the poor on behalf of the rich in their homelands.
What stops the madness? Understanding that the core issue of our time is the relationship of rising color-coded inequality to the potential of mass class-conscious resistance. That has been the project of the Rouge Forum, connection reason to power, for more than a decade. Please join us and help lead the fight-backs that will come.
Thanks to Bob, Al, Sean, Amber, Tony, Kino, Marisol, the Dean, Candace, Sally, Sheri, Barb and Ken (yes, that is right), Donna, Brian, Adam and Gina, Koli, Jesus, Ashwana, Bill, Joe, Dariah, the Susans, and Ann.
Good luck to us, every one.