We know that labor and justice is being crushed under a corporate democratic party. Law schools are dropping these legal directions from their curriculum and the public's ability to used these public university law clinics goes with that. Below is an example of the extreme of this culture of destruction of US social values.
As I write about the corporatization of public universities and K-12 I want to remind people of how that directly affects society beyond the obvious. This article speaks of a true hero who used his academic position for social good.....just as universities have always done. He was fired because he used students and the classroom for actions that worked against the corporate and criminal environment that is Northwestern today. University of Chicago and Northwestern used to be solidly labor and justice in its approach to law....David Protess was one of the last remnants of Illinois as anything other than naked capitalism. See why we have Obama, Rahm, and Dick Durbin as Third Way Illinois?
Below you'll see how public policy is being corrupted at all levels of the socioeconomic ladder and schools are ground zero for this corruption. We have plenty of college grads in STEM so why do they insist we have a shortage? They want policy change and they are manufacturing a climate for change. THIS WILL UNDERMINE WORKERS AT ALL LEVELS AND UNDERMINES DEMOCRATIC PRINCIPLES AS WELL AS A LARGER NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN THE WORKFORCE ARE NOT CITIZENS.....THEY HAVE NO RIGHTS AND WILL WORK IN WAYS THAT DO NOT RECOGNIZE THOSE RIGHTS!!!!
On the Firing of David Protess
- Posted by Liliana Segura
- March 18, 2011
Days after the death penalty was abolished in Illinois, one of the key people who helped prove the innocence of men on the state's death row — thus setting into motion the political action that led to abolition — has lost his job.
David Protess, a professor at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism for 29 years, was dismissed this week, reportedly for no official reason. As the head of Northwestern's Innocence Project, Protess devoted himself to teaching journalism students investigative skills that, literally, had life-or-death impact. Under his direction, students uncovered evidence that saved five men from death row and at least another six from prison. While he will retain his position at the Innocence Project, his expulsion from the journalism school is a travesty — and a major loss for the countless students inspired by the work he pioneered.
The firing seems to have been rather cold for a professor who attracted so much admiration for his work. According to the Daily Northwestern, "Medill Dean John Lavine told Protess about the decision in an e-mail Monday, Protess said. No reason was given, and there have not yet been any conversations about the future, he added."
For well over a year, Protess and his students have been in the crosshairs of the Cook County DA's office, which, forced to grapple with the fallout of Protess's investigations when it would have preferred to keep its role in sentencing innocent people to die in prison under wraps, finally decided to begin an intimidation campaign against Northwestern. According to a long feature in Chicago Magazine, when confronted with the prospect of admitting to the innocence of Anthony McKinney, a man who has sat in prison for more than 30 years for a murder he did not commit, State's Attorney Anita Alvarez "turned the tables on Protess, challenging the motives and ethics of him and his students."
In a court filing, her office has given voice to deeply unflattering, sometimes personal accusations: that some students may have paid a witness to recant; that other students "flirted" with witnesses, in effect, to persuade them to make incriminating statements; and that students may have been so driven to get an A that they twisted or suppressed evidence to suit their cause of freeing McKinney.
Former students have jumped to the defense of their old professor. One is my friend and former colleague Ari Berman, who wrote this in 2009:
I took Protess's class in the spring of 2004 and worked on McKinney's case. The experience became the highlight of my time at Medill. My team and I were just twenty-one and twenty-two at the time, thrust into unfamiliar environs on the South Side of Chicago and elsewhere, trying to ferret out the facts of a murder that occurred before any of us were born. David's class, more than any other, taught me how to be a reporter, how to make make difficult decisions in a quick and decisive manner and how to always strive for justice and empathy in my work.
I was never a student of Protess. But I have known his name for years. His work made me want to be a journalist — and I remember writing to him to say so. (I would love to post his response, but it was back in my Hotmail days, which I no longer have access to.) While ultimately the people who stand to lose the most from his departure are the prisoners whose innocence claims might go uninvestigated, there is no way to know how many young people who may have been inspired in his classroom — or like me, from afar — will lose out. Just as we need journalists devoted to the cause of truth-telling, we need teachers devoted to the cause of justice. Northwestern just lost one, and it lost big.
Editor's note: David Protess was the 2003 recipient of the Puffin/Nation Prize for Creative Citizenship, which is an annual $100,000 that is awarded each December by The Nation Institute and the Puffin Foundation, given to an individual who has challenged the status quo through distinctive, courageous, imaginative and socially responsible work of significance. Ari Berman is a fellow at The Nation Institute.
Liliana Segura is an independent journalist with a focus on social justice, prisons, and harsh sentencing. She was, most recently, a writer and editor at AlterNet, where she was in charge of their Rights & Liberties section; prior to that, she worked at The Nation Institute.
- Liliana Segura's full bio »
Below you see how the policy of immigration at the lower income reflects what is intended at the higher income levels. In each case you have organizations recruiting people of color to take the lead in the exploitation so even what should be justice organizations are now tools of this Banana Republic policy.
- Regarding Texas and immigrant criminal fraud:
We know of course that the NPR report on practices in Texas mirror what is happening in Maryland and especially Baltimore. NPR didn't present this info to inform us of something bad....it presented it as a way to understand why Congress and Maryland legislatures are working the way they are. When you heard of the active avoidance of everything that is tax....payroll, state and local taxes that comes with criminal hiring of undocumented you get the idea that tons of money has been lost to the entitlement and Social Security Trusts as a huge swath of America and the workforce isn't paying into it. This is why you hear Obama and Third Way corporate democrats trying to sound as if there is a shortfall. We do not blame the undocumented worker of course, the crime is with the people hiring them and knowingly allowing law to be skirted. Most importantly the blame is with the justice department and its stance of watching as laws are broken. So, this money isn't lost....it simply needs to be retrieved from corporations who profited through this fraud. I spoke at length about this concept of 'independent contractor' that does not meet the definition even as Maryland legislators try their hardest to write law that makes it all legal. REMEMBER, MARYLAND IS A THIRD WAY CORPORATE DEMOCRATIC STATE...YOUR INCUMBENT IS WORKING FOR CORPORATE PROFIT AGAINST WHAT IS BEST FOR SOCIETY!
As I said, we do not want undocumented workers to pay for the crimes of their bosses.....we want policy that makes undocumented workers paid as everyone else taking away the need to hire to exploit. We won't make those changes without changing our political class. Why does a media outlet refer to a pol like Doug Gansler for example as Attorney General when he is the anti-justice league? You know your media outlet is captured when none of this is headline!!!
As we listen to how immigrant workers in Texas and Maryland among other states are openly exploited as Rule of Law is suspended in the US let's look at how the immigration policy Third Way corporate democrats are trying to implement is intended to work. If you look at this Foundation you will see the Foundations that support this privatization and capture of US workforce through these attempts at immigration law. Whether the Gates Foundation or as with this article, the Kauffman Foundation, these are corporations writing policy that makes for more profit at the expense of the American people. Also note that these same foundations are highlighted as backers of public media.....American Public Media and National Public Media. You will never hear a negative report on these education policies now that public media is bought by corporate trusts!!
Education, Entrepreneurship and Immigration:
America's New Immigrant Entrepreneurs, Part II While the contribution of skilled immigrants to America's technology and engineering startups has been recognized for the past decade as critical to the emergence of many of America's most entrepreneurial companies and huge, new industries, little has been known about the backgrounds of these immigrant entrepreneurs. What types of education have these technology and engineering entrepreneurs received? Why did they come to the United States?
A report released by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation that tracked the educational backgrounds of immigrant entrepreneurs who were key founders of technology and engineering companies from 1995 to 2005 shows a strong correlation between educational attainment (particularly in science, technology, engineering and math) and entrepreneurship.
The study shows that 96 percent of immigrant founders of technology and engineering companies held bachelor's degrees and 74 percent held graduate or postgraduate degrees. Seventy-five percent of the highest degrees among immigrant entrepreneurs were in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). Moreover, 53 percent of the immigrant founders of U.S.-based technology and engineering companies completed their highest degrees in U.S. universities.
Conducted by researchers at Duke University and the University of California, at Berkeley, the study is a follow-up to a report released in January that showed that in 25.3 percent of technology and engineering companies started in the United States from 1995 to 2005, at least one key founder was foreign-born. Nationwide, these immigrant-founded companies produced $52 billion in sales and employed 450,000 workers in 2005. The majority of these immigrant entrepreneurs came from India, United Kingdom, China, Taiwan, Japan and Germany.
The study was based on a series of in-depth interviews with:
- 144 immigrant company founders on their educational attainment, degree types, reasons for entering the United States and other factors related to their entrepreneurial activities;
- 87 Indian, 57 Chinese and 29 Taiwanese company founders to ask where they received their undergraduate education, and;
- 1,572 companies in 11 technology centers to determine whether a key founder was foreign-born and the founder's country of birth.
- More than half of the foreign-born founders of U.S. technology and engineering businesses initially came to the United States to study. Very few came with the sole purpose of starting a company. Almost 40 percent of immigrant founders entered the country because of a job opportunity, with only 1.6 percent entering the country with the sole purpose of entrepreneurship. They typically founded companies after working and residing in the United States for an average of 13 years.
- Immigrant founders were educated in a diverse set of universities in both their home countries and across the United States. No single U.S. institution stands out as a source of immigrant founders. Similarly, those who received their undergraduate degrees in India or China graduated from a diverse assortment of institutions. Even the famed Indian Institutes of Technology educated only 15 percent of Indian technology and engineering company founders.
- Immigrant entrepreneurs tend to move to cosmopolitan technology centers. The regions with the largest immigrant population also tend to have the greatest number of technology startups. On average, 31 percent of the engineering and technology companies founded from 1995 to 2005 in the 11 technology centers that were surveyed had an immigrant as a key founder. This compares to the national average of 25.3 percent.
- Technology centers with a greater concentration of immigrant entrepreneurs in their state averages include Silicon Valley (52.4 percent), New York City (43.8 percent), and Chicago (35.8 percent). Three technology centers had a below-average rate of immigrant-founded companies: Portland (17.8 percent), Research Triangle Park (18.7 percent) and Denver (19.4 percent).
About the research teamFor more information, visit the Global Engineering and Entrepreneurship at Duke research group, and the UC Berkeley School of Information.
As we listen to Third Way corporate democrats led by Clinton and Obama tell us there is a need for foreign STEM workers and that is why they are creating this immigration policy that will harm all US workers......we know they are lying to us. We know there are loads of US STEM grads among the unemployed wanting these jobs. Why are they not getting them? IS IT BECAUSE THEY AREN'T BEST OF THE BEST? IS IT BECAUSE THEY ARE ESPECIALLY SKILLED?
IT IS BECAUSE THEY COME FROM WEALTHY OVERSEAS FAMILIES WHO SEND THEIR CHILDREN TO US ELITE SCHOOLS!!! The goal is to have elite school grads leading all administrative offices in corporations and government and there aren't enough US grads to cover that. If the culture of success is 'who you know' not what you know....think George Bush....it isn't about how smart you are intellectually, it is how willing you are to win at all costs and people coming from second and third world countries come already adapted!!!!
Diane Ravitch's blog A site to discuss better education for all « Why Are So Many STEM Graduates Unemployed?
By dianerav July 13, 2012 // 27 How many times have we heard the President, the Secretary of Education, and leaders of corporate America tell us that we must produce more scientists? That there are thousands of jobs unfilled because we don’t have qualified college graduates to fill them? That our future depends on pumping billions into STEM education?
I always believe them. Science, engineering, technology and mathematics are fields critical for the future.
But why then, according to an article in the Washington Post, are well-educated scientists unable to find jobs?
Three years ago, USA Today reported high unemployment among scientists and engineers.
Some experts in science say there is no shortage of scientists, but there is a shortage of good jobs for scientists.
Some say that the pool of qualified graduates in science and engineering is “several times larger” than the pool of jobs available for them. And here is a shocker: The quality of STEM education has NOT declined:
Despite this nearly universal support for upgrading science and math education, our review of the data leads us to conclude that, while the educational pipeline would benefit from improvements, it is not as dysfunctional as believed. Today’s American high school students actually test as well or better than students two decades ago. Further, today’s students take more science and math classes, and a large number of students with strong science and math backgrounds graduate from U.S. high schools and start college in S&E fields of study.
Why don’t our leaders tell us the truth? Why don’t they tell us that many of our highly trained young people will not find good jobs in research labs or universities or anywhere else?
I have said before on this blog that the economy is changing in ways that no one understands, least of all me.
Over the past century, whenever reformers told the schools to prepare students for this career or that vocation, the policymakers and school leaders were woefully inadequate at predicting which jobs would be available ten years later. When the automobile was first invented, there were still plenty of students taking courses to prepare them to be blacksmiths. The same story could be repeated over the years. We are not good at prognosticating.
My own predilection is to believe that all young people should get a full and rounded general education, which will teach them to think and evaluate new information. I prefer an education that includes the usual range of disciplines, not because of tradition but because each of them is valuable for our lives. We don’t know what the future will bring, but we all need to learn the skills of reading, writing, and mathematics. We don’t know what jobs will be available in ten or twenty years, but we all need to study history, so that we possess knowledge of our society and others; we need an understanding of science so we know how the world works; we need to be involved in the arts, because it is an expression of the human spirit and enables us to think deeply about ourselves and our world. I could make the same claims for other disciplines. The claim must be based on enduring needs, not the needs of the job market, because the only certainty is that the job market will be different in the future.