“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
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Brown Paper Tickets: https://christinelahti.brownpapertickets.com/


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.