Maxine PRESENTE! @ AERA on her 100th Birthday.

April 12, 2018

NEW YORK all weekend, and this is one thing:

Dreaming in Greene — Friday Apr 13 – 12:00 – 1:30 PM

Symposium about Maxine Greene and her ideas about social imagination (and activism and the arts) and how they would play out in today’s world.

Beekman room, Hilton 2nd floor – Chair Carole Saltz

· Bill Ayers

· Michelle Fine

· Gloria Ladson-Billings

· Wendy Coley

· Janet Miller

Loud and Clear!

April 10, 2018

Bloody History, Resistance, and Resurrection

April 7, 2018
Our bloody and shameful history, and the good work of recovering the truth of resistance and resilience:
Readers of the May 24, 1796 Pennsylvania Gazette found an advertisementoffering ten dollars to any person who would apprehend Oney Judge, an enslaved woman who had fled from President George Washington’s Virginia plantation, Mount Vernon. The notice described her in detail as a “light mulatto girl, much freckled, with very black eyes and bushy black hair,” as well as her skills at mending clothes, and that she “may attempt to escape by water … it is probable she will attempt to pass as a free woman, and has, it is said, wherewithal to pay her passage.” She did indeed board a ship called the Nancyand made it to New Hampshire, where she later married a free black sailor, although she was herself never freed by the Washingtons and remained a fugitive.
The advertisement is one of thousands that were printed in newspapers during colonial and pre-Civil War slavery in the United States. The Freedom on the Move (FOTM) public database project, now being developed at Cornell University, is the first major digital database to organize together North American fugitive slave ads from regional, state, and other collections.

“You Can’t Fire the Bad Ones” on the road

April 7, 2018

Please come out and find us in the next ten days at 5 terrific book stores:

“You Can’t Fire the Bad Ones” And Other Myths About Teachers, Their Unions and Public Education.

Busboys and Poets
Sunday, April 8th
6:30 pm 
5th and K Streets, Washington, D.C. NW

Red Emma’s
Tuesday, April 10th
7:00 pm
30 W. North Ave., Baltimore, MD

Labyrinth Books
Wednesday, April 11th
6:00 pm
122 Nassau St. Princeton, NJ

Wooden Shoe Books
Thursday, April 12th
7:00 pm
704 South Street • Philadelphia, PA

Barnes and Noble
Tuesday, April 17th
7:00 pm
2289 Broadway, New York, NY

Bernardine in conversation with Christine Lahti, April 12. Come out!

April 5, 2018

Brown Paper Tickets:

Loud and Clear!

April 3, 2018

US Out!!!

April 1, 2018
In the brilliant film “I Am Not Your Negro” James Baldwin says, “The American Negro has the great advantage of having never believed the collection of myths to which white Americans cling: that their ancestors were all freedom-loving heroes, that they were born in the greatest country the world has ever seen, or that Americans are invincible in battle and wise in peace… Negroes know far more about white Americans than that…[They] dismiss white people as the slightly mad victims of their own brainwashing.”
This came to mind as I read (NYT March 29) that “Thousands of Ghanians rallied in the streets of their capital…to protest a deal that would give the United States military an expanded role in Ghana.” The US will invest $20 million in equipment and training, the article said, but the demonstrators were demanding jobs, not a US military base.
We Americans are all bathed in the blood of “American Exceptionalism” and so if the story failed to register, perhaps you’ve subconsciously bought some piece of that collection of myths.
It’s not too late to open your eyes and shake yourself awake.
Ghanians want jobs, schools, health care, unions, pensions—what everyone around the world wants. Our wealthy, unaccountable, arrogant government offers only the possibility of bloodshed, the certainty of war.
They know us better than we know ourselves. And don’t wonder any longer why people throughout the world want the US out.