Education Radio:We are the 99%: Fighting for the  
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Education Radio  We are the 99%: Fighting for the    
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Education Radio  Weekly Program  For non-profit use only. 
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In this week's program, we feature the Occupy Together movement; also referred to as the 99% movement. We share testimony of educators, parents, students, and teacher union organizers who are participating, and we reflect on the time we spent at Occupy locations in New York, Boston and Amherst, Massachusetts. We also explore the deep connections between this movement and the fight for equity in public education.

We are living in a time when banks and corporations responsible for the most recent economic collapse received massive government bailouts, many of which are now thriving more than ever, and corporate profits on a whole are at an all time high. Military spending is higher now than at any point since World War II as a means to build and maintain a much-despised empire abroad, and despite a major recession, the wealthiest Americans have grown even richer.

Consequently, massive and extensive unemployment is making a bad situation worse for many, especially African Americans and Latinos who are experiencing further declines in employment rates, rising poverty rates, falling homeownership rates, and decreasing health insurance and retirement coverage. Additionally, the overall number of people living in poverty has reached the largest number in the 51 years for which poverty estimates are available; and the income gap between the top 10 percent and the bottom 90 percent has reached a level higher than any other since 1917, which includes the "Great Depression" of the 1930s.  
Occupy Wall Street; New York Collective of Radical Educators (NYCORE); New Jersey Teacher Activist Group; Occupy the Hood; People of Color Working Group at OWS; Cornel West; Ira Shor 
Notes: Credits:
  Chris Herland
Barbara Madeloni
Hannah Mills
Deborah Keisch Polin
Tim Scott
Timothy Sutton
Kate Way
Economics | Governance / Law | Human Rights | Labor  
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View Script    10-25-2011  English 
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