Again, all of this has the markings of progressiveness----making people more job-ready etc. Think about what this might actually be when you consider Obama and Congressional Clinton neo-liberals are pushing Trans Pacific Trade Pact as are Maryland O'Malley and Maryland Clinton neo-liberals and Bush neo-cons. In other words---think how profit-oriented, global corporate rule pols would use this policy.
The Clinton's left office and started immediately to network worldwide for US corporations expanding after they passed NAFTA, deregulated, and created the structures for global markets. For two decades they are the leading faces in US Corporations in China, Malaysia, Africa, Vietnam, and since last decade to the Caribbean Islands. They worked with those nation's leaders to open developing nations to US corporations to work outside the US to avoid all labor and environmental and social justice laws and all of the wages and pensions and basically create the sweat shops that had foreign workers working for $2 a day. In China, the Clintons sent in BIG AG to create the same agricultural disaster for small farmers that existed in Mexico-----millions of small farmers lost their family land and were left with nothing to do but come to the big Chinese cities to work in these sweat shops. Mind you, this is actual US policy to undermine social stability and make people available for the worst of working environments. In Mexico this same policy during Clinton's terms in office created the Mexican drug cartels -----many of which were these same small farmers pushed off their land and angry as heck. This is the Clinton Initiative....to move US global corporations into operations that maximize profit any way possible with people as human capital, not citizens.
Remember when neo-liberal economist Kristof was telling us the great migration of Chinese workers from their agricultural homes to these sweat shops earning $2 a day was a good thing? He never told you these people lost their land to BIG AG and were forced into what was slave labor. They hid the fact that child labor was rampant in these US factories and as this article says----conditions were as they were back in the industrial days of the West-----so, it was Clinton's intention to create for US corporations the conditions free from America's Constitutional protections and first world quality of life just as it is Clinton's and Obama neo-liberals today that intend to bring these now global corporations back to the US to do the same to US workers, both US citizens and Hispanic labor. That is what Trans Pacific Trade Pact is about.
The debate over Asian sweatshops Nike factory in China
Apple Computer, Nike, Wal-Mart and many other companies depend on Asian sweatshops as suppliers--a sweatshop being defined as a factory with low pay and benefits, long working hours and child labor.
Some writers, including Nicholas Kristof, who reports from Asia and Africa for the New York Times, and Paul Krugman, winner of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics, say that in historic perspective, Asian sweatshops represent a step forward. As bad as conditions are in China or Cambodia, they are better than they were under Mao. As tough as it is to work in a Foxconn factory, many find it a lesser evil than rural poverty. As bad as it is to have a young child working 12 hours a day in a factory, it is better than being sold into prostitution, if that is the only alternative.
SF writer Bruce Sterling made this argument many years ago in an article in Wired magazine about megaprojects in China and elsewhere.
China has a very bad government. Nobody should fool themselves about this. It’s a profoundly corrupt one-party dictatorship based on a bankrupt, morally discredited ideology.
However, the current Chinese government is certainly the best government any living Chinese citizen has ever seen.
Their 20th century: Corruption, Catastrophe, Foreign Repression, Revolution, Repression, Revolution, Military Coup, Chaos, Warlordism, Anarchy, Foreign Invasion, People’s War, Civil War, Communism, Starvation, Purges, Anarchist Frenzy, Counterpurges—and then, suddenly, material relief—maybe enough food and a warm place to sleep.
The 21st century is almost upon them now [this was written in 1998]: cologne, panty hose, Asian pop videos and maybe even a car. The Chinese people are definitely with this program. They know how much they have to lose.
Defenders of Asia sweatshops go on to say that there were sweatshops and child labor in the United States in the early days of industrialization, and, so they argue, this laid the foundation of the prosperity that we enjoy today.
The problem with this argument is that the sweatshop advocates are saying to the Chinese workers: Thus far and no further. Because conditions were even worse in the past, you can’t expect any improvement in the future.
U.S. companies such as Apple Computer, Nike and Wal-Mart are not just adapting to Chinese conditions. They are collaborating with the Chinese government is keeping conditions as they are. If Chinese workers had the freedom to bargain collectively, I would not tell them they were settling for too little. But you can’t claim to be an advocate for Chinese workers and at the same time deny them a voice.
What I would ask of Apple, Nike or Wal-Mart is that the company live up to its own professed standards. This would require two things:
- Have labor standards audited by a truly independent organization, such as the Hong Kong-based Students and Scholars Against Corporate Misbehavior, and publish the results of these audits. There would be no need to set new standards. Let the auditors use existing corporate standards.
- Cancel bonuses of an executive who subcontracts to a supplier that fails to meet the minimum labor standard. So long as executive compensation is based solely on financial criteria, and labor standards are merely aspirational, the latter will be ignored.
This would not mean the deindustrialization of China or other poor countries. It would be a lever to both protect American workers and improve conditions in those countries. It would not be a zero-sum game. Prosperous Chinese would be good potential customers.
Such leverage has been used to improve the quality of manufactured products. The ISO 9000 standards for assuring a quality manufacturing process spread outward from Germany to the European Union to the whole world. It should be possible to use similar techniques to inprove labor standards.
The strenuous efforts by the Chinese government and Chinese governments to suppress unions and blacklist malcontents, and the suicides among stressed-out workers at Foxconn, the big Chinese electronic components supplier, show that Chinese workers—some of them, at least—want something better than they have. We Americans should not be accomplices in holding them down.
Below we see the most recent Clinton endeavor all under the guise of lifting women from poverty this time in Myanmar. The Myanmar generals opened their autocratic military society to neo-liberalism because the few always get fabulously rich and all they have to do is offer up their citizens and environment to US global corporations. So, you see Hillary placing yet another generations of workers in harms way for the technology industry and they will create the same conditions in Myanmar as they did in China for these workers-----IT'S ALL ABOUT SAVING THE WOMEN AND CHILDREN SAY THE CLINTON NEO-LIBERALS.
All of the policy in the US during Obama's terms were about pushing all that is Federal, state, and local government online-----data, data, data. With that comes the need for really cheap data coding/data entry labor. Computer coding is the new Chinese garment sweatshop. Computer coding will be one of the lowest paid jobs in the world as it can be done anywhere and in the developing world that means $2 a day.
What is the biggest push in the US with vocational tracking and job training for women and people of color-----computer coding. US workers will be competing with these Myanmar workers in this Trans Pacific Trade Pact market.
minorities and women to learn coding for free -...
www.dailytech.comJun 29, 2014 · ... said it will pay for thousands of free lessons in coding for women and ... and many women just don't find computer science/programming ...
Clinton Global Initiative, GSMA and Ooredoo Unite to Connect Women in Myanmar to the Internet
Ooredoo will Enable Millions of Women in Myanmar to Access Mobile and Launch New Services for Women in Indonesia
DOHA, Qatar, Oct. 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Ooredoo, the GSMA, and their partners announced a number of major new initiatives for the GSMA Connected Women Programme at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting in New York recently.
The Connected Women Programme will undertake studies that will offer critical insights into the socio-economic benefits of greater inclusion of women in the telecommunications sector. The findings will be used by partners – including Ooredoo – to develop initiatives and services for female consumers and employees.
Ooredoo will draw on the data to provide tailored services for women in Myanmar, aiming to connect millions of women to mobile and internet services– many of whom have never had access to the Internet before.
In addition, Ooredoo's Indosat will draw on the data to launch new services designed for women in Indonesia. Indosat will launch a new start-up called Wobe, targeting lower to middle income Indonesian women with voice, data and internet services.
Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair, Clinton Foundation, said: "'Ensuring that women can fully participate in this growing mobile economy by joining the mobile workforce and lending their creative talent to what these devices can do is important, but also essential is increasing connectivity for women so that they can experience the economic benefits and growth that can make measureable differences in their lives and for all of us."
H.E. Sheikh Abdullah Bin Mohammed Bin Saud Al Thani, Chairman, Ooredoo Group, said: "Ooredoo companies have already taken the lead in providing award-winning services for women in markets ranging from Iraq to Indonesia. By deploying the findings of the Connected Women Programme, we will be able to further refine and develop these initiatives in support of expanding the female digital economy in all our markets."
"We are undertaking specific commitments in our newest market of Myanmar to connect millions of women who have never had access to the Internet before with the incredible life-changing opportunities of online services. This initiative will not only change the lives of our customers, it will also deliver significant change in the communities where they live," he added.
"The ubiquity and affordability of mobile presents us with the unprecedented opportunity to improve and enhance social and economic development", said Anne Bouverot, Director General, GSMA. "However, women in particular tend to be left behind, not only as consumers of mobile services, but also as employees and leaders in the mobile industry. To address this, the GSMA has partnered with key industry stakeholders with the vision of accelerating the potential of the female digital economy."
The research project will aim to increase understanding of the current mobile phone gender gap, the drivers for and barriers to mobile phone access and usage, and implications for industry policymakers and other stakeholders. The study will be amongst the most comprehensive taken to date, including 12,000 interviews and 84 focus group sessions across China, Columbia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Kenya, Mexico, Niger, Nigeria and Turkey.
In partnership with A.T. Kearney, the GSMA will also undertake and publish a landmark piece of research examining the state of gender diversity across the industry, highlighting best practices and offering strategic advice on areas of potential change.
Upon completion of the research reports in early 2015, the GSMA Connected Women Programme partners, which currently include, Ooredoo, Qualcomm, Roshan and Smart Communications, commit to using the insights and recommendations generated, to create programmes and services for their female customers and employees.
As part of its commitment, Ooredoo has plans in place to launch products and services designed for women in Myanmar at the start of 2015, supported by a programme to raise awareness about the benefits of mobile technology. Most recently, Ooredoo has launched a maternal health application, "maymay", which offers maternal health advice notifications, personalised health alerts and tips for expectant mothers, in a first-of-its-kind service for Myanmar.
In Indonesia, the new Wobe service will enable women to get online easily and at low cost, and will provide education and financial literacy through mobile content. It will also enable women to become distributors of mobile airtime credits to their family, friends and neighbours – creating new economic opportunities for women.
GSMA operator partners will use the findings to deliver the appropriate services including: enhanced access to the mobile Internet for women; recruitment of women to become distributors of mobile airtime credits within their communities, which will allow them to expand digital access while generating household income; provision of information and services that women need with regards to health, education and entrepreneurship skills; provision of mobile technology to women factory workers to enable access to health information; and launch services designed to protect women in vulnerable situations by enabling them to block unwanted callers, preventing harassment and verbal abuse.
It's important to see the same terminology for this education reform in nations tied to this global corporate neo-liberalism. UK and US are tied from the beginning with Thatcher/Reagan and Clinton/Blair. This apprenticeship policy heads for the underserved communities and communities of color first as is happening in Baltimore. The goal will be to take all of public K-12 into this corporate vocational tracking scheme. Remember, with all of the union-busting, looting of Trusts and retirements, and ending of public health care and education----killing the middle-class by Clinton neo-liberals and Bush neo-cons----90% of Americans are expected to be at or near poverty within a decade or a little more. So, when they start with underserved communities today----they have all Americans in mind in the near future.
We need the American people to WAKE UP! If you are quiet because you don't care what happens to people who are poor or people of color---you need to see the same coming for your children and grandchildren. The mainstreaming of the term apprenticeship is the first step to moving these practices to earlier and earlier ages.
Remember, in America-----teenagers simply went to work after school and then to college and/or had a vocational track in high school that paid them while they trained so we do not need this hyper-vocational tracking by apprenticeship.
IT SIMPLY IS BUILDING A PLATFORM THAT WILL EXPAND.
Council for Mosques Apprenticeship Hub
A new apprenticeship scheme is set to arrive in Bradford next week as the Council for Mosques launches its first ever Apprenticeship Hub.
In partnership with City Training Services and West Yorkshire Learning Providers, the launch is set to take place on Wednesday 5th March at the Khidmat Centre, in the city.
This event is significant in promoting awareness and aspirations for apprenticeships of young people from the local minority communities.
SUPPORTIVE: President of Council for Mosques, Mohammed Rafiq Sehgal, is delighted to offer a ‘wonderful Opportunity’ to youths in Bradford
Young people and parents are invited to come down to talk and receive Information, advice and guidance from employers, National Apprenticeship Service, Connexions, colleges and learning providers.
Set up to attract and support more young people from the minority communities and all faith groups to apply for apprenticeships, the Council for Mosques Apprenticeship Hub will provide on-going support through a network of providers in writing winning applications, interview techniques and securing apprenticeship opportunities.
The event is partly sponsored by Mangla Jewellers, My Lahore and the WYLP Skills Consortium.
Mohammed Rafiq Sehgal, President of Council for Mosques said: “There is a growing recognition that young people from minority ethnic communities need additional encouragement and support to access opportunities.
“Council for Mosques is ideally placed to provide access and support to young people wanting to access the opportunities that the apprenticeship scheme offers.
“Together with our partners, we are bringing these opportunities to the communities in the area. This is a wonderful opportunity for young people to earn and learn at the same time.”
Tracey Scott-Milner, City Training Services added he rpraise to the project. “City Training Services are committed to raising awareness of apprenticeships amongst all faiths in the city,” she said.
“With a high youth unemployment rate it is more important than ever that as many local employers, parents, schools and young people are made aware of the options available to them through the apprenticeship programme.”
Ashfaq Gulab, Partnership Manager of West Yorkshire Learning Providers said: “Apprenticeships are an excellent way for young people to gain real life skills that will give them long term benefit.
“Apprenticeships are the ‘Gold Standard’ in vocational qualifications. It is important that we have different routes into training and learning for our young people. It’s about giving them choice, and fostering their ambition so that they build the skills and confidence to succeed.”
Between 2012 and 2013, 500,000 people started on an apprenticeship scheme, with 10,000 employers offering such positions.
For Further information about the Council for Mosques Apprenticeship Hub,
contact Hafsha Ali on, H.firstname.lastname@example.org
We already see these apprenticeships moving from high school to middle-school with national corporations claiming to be non-profit. It's all to give the underserved the opportunity to learn what it's like to work. Never mind that in Baltimore there has been deliberate public policy designed to keep unemployment high in the black community----people don't need the practice----they need to see their mothers and fathers working and able to take care of the family.
This is just one example of what will be an entire industry and do you think a corporate industry is not going to have help with sending citizens to these programs from Clinton Wall Street global corporate neo-liberals?
OF COURSE THEY WILL----WE WILL HAVE TO HAVE THESE APPRENTICESHIPS WRITTEN INTO LEGISLATION SPONSORED BY BALTIMORE POLITICIANS WORKING FOR A VERY NEO-CONSERVATIVE JOHNS HOPKINS.
Can you see already where in order to get into a KIPP charter school you will have to have years with Spark Apprenticeships? That's where it is going!
Below you see California well on the way to where Maryland is heading with Clinton neo-liberals working towards this corporate structure for over a decade. Remember, California was source of all of the for-profit education corporation fraud that targeted the same students but at that time it was higher-education fraud-----now we are seeing the same targeting K-12 all with the goal of creating the conditions of CHILD LABOR IN THE US.
All of this exists because we have allowed Clinton neo-liberals who work simply for wealth and profit take the people's Democratic Party. None of this has anything to do with the Democratic Party. Stop allowing less than 20% of Clinton neo-liberals take the progressive labor and justice party!
California partners with middle schools to expand the learning day. By drawing more citizens into our schools, we’re promoting student achievement, transforming schools, and re-imagining education in California.
21st Century Community Learning Centers:
Citizen Schools California hereby formally notifies the local community of its intention to apply jointly with Alum Rock Union School District to the California Department of Education for Cohort 9, 21st Century Community Learning Centers. The centers will serve students at the following middle schools in Alum Rock: Ocala, Joseph George, and William Sheppard. Our application is due to the California Department of Education by December 12, 2013. We also take this opportunity to inform private schools, faith based organizations, and other community based organizations of our intent to provide safe and accessible, academic and enrichment programs in the aforementioned schools. Parties interested in participating in our programs are asked to contact Macy Parker.
PARTNERS These investors provide essential support for Citizen Schools’ programs in California.
Google, Bank of America, Cisco, Cognizant, WalMart.....as well as corporate foundations all in lieu of paying corporate taxes!
Spark’s mission is to provide life-changing apprenticeships to youth in underserved communities across the United States. In the major metropolitan regions Spark serves, an average of 35% of students do not achieve a high school diploma. Importantly, nearly 70% of those dropouts did not complete or had to repeat the 9th grade.
Spark is a national nonprofit that re-engages underserved seventh and eighth grade students, keeping them on track and ready for success in high school and beyond through workplace-based apprenticeships that uniquely combine mentoring, project-based learning, skill building and career exploration.
By intervening early, Spark partners with schools to reach disengaged students at a critical inflection point in their education. Spark brings students out of the classroom and into the workplace for project-based mentoring coupled with an in-school Leadership Curriculum that emphasizes the importance of skills including teamwork, time management and goal setting to prepare students for a successful transition to high school. Supported by more than 80 hours of powerful, hands-on programming, 90% of Spark students enter ninth grade on track to graduate on time, compared to 70% of their peers.