The article below shows how labor and justice are being divided and it does not have to be that way. We can rebuild a domestic economy with regional businesses that will have labor union representation.....unions do not have to go global and sell out their US membership.
Tying public pensions to credit bond leverage to wipe them out-----that doesn't seem to be in the public's interest!I always target Hopkins with my comments because they made sure they controlled everything in Baltimore so if anything needs to change-----it starts from Hopkins. I want to highlight just a few things about Hopkins that shows why we need these private institutions/corporations out of government. Hopkins went from a small private college to a global corporation all by channeling taxpayer money and Federal spending to themselves at the detriment of the City of Baltimore and the citizens......and much of it was through fraud and corruption. LYING, CHEATING, STEALING.
I stopped for a few minutes to watch elementary school children on a school playground in one of the Hopkin's 'supported' schools. Hopkins VISTAs had the children playing a game called 'STEAL THE STICK'. The goal was to trick or undermine your opponent so as to grab the stick and get back to home base without being tagged. There were boundaries. It wasn't an easy task. One child grabbed the stick and ran outside of boundaries to escape the tag and arrived at home base. The VISTAS gave him credit for being creative and the child jumped up and down shouting ' I CHEATED I CHEATED'. This is what happens when an autocratic and corrupt institution like Hopkins gains control of all public schools as is happening with the Michelle Rhee education reforms in Baltimore. These VISTAS are coming from Ivy League universities across the nation and they come with this mantra of privatized, vocationalize schools. We see high school hazing and bullying on the increase because of this complete focus on competition and winning at all cost. This permeates through what would be social agencies and justice organizations as these directors are generally grads from Hopkins or work for Hopkins.
NOT ALL GRADS FROM IVY LEAGUE SCHOOLS ADOPT THESE ATTITUDES----IT IS JUST A GENERALIZATION. THE ONES WHO STAY ON-BOARD IN BALTIMORE SEEM COMMITTED TO JUST WHAT THIS ARTICLE BELOW SUGGESTS---
The point of all of this on the local level is to control leadership and to identify people most likely to tow the autocratic line. With Hopkins controlling more and more of businesses and all of public services----to get a job in Baltimore is to do as you are told by Hopkins. This culture was decades in the making and it superceded the Reagan/Clinton neo-liberal global corporation/market policy. It was Clinton that removed the progressive liberal contingent from Federal government and started with the Ivy League grads filling the high level positions. Bush added his neo-cons and now Obama added his neo-liberals so we do indeed have government control by wealthy corporate Ivy League grads. O'Malley has done the same his years as Mayor of Baltimore and now Governor of Maryland----most of his agency heads meet those requirements.
WHEN TRANS PACIFIC TRADE PACT HAS A GOAL OF HANDING ALL POWER OF WRITING POLICY AND ENFORCING LAW----YOU ONLY NEED PEOPLE AT THE TOP WHO SEE THAT AS PEACHY KEEN!
Remember, neo-liberal/neo-con is the same thing----they just fight for different corporations.
What Hopkins means below is neo-liberal----not liberal and Hopkins should know about the deliberate staging of Federal employees to grads from Ivy League universities. That has been what has happened since Clinton. Baltimore is completely captured by Hopkins and grads serving as VISTAS or heading non-profits. It is the controlling mechanism that allows systemic fraud and corruption and closes transparency. All autocratic government do this. Remember when Libya fell it was only the administrators that stayed and fought the general population! That is indeed the direction neo-liberals and neo-cons are moving. That is why it is critical that these few election cycles be about getting rid of neo-liberals and neo-cons who appoint these Federal and State workers.
The solution is simple----run and vote for labor and justice candidates in primaries and we can turn this around!
Hopkins study: Feds are whiter, richer, more liberal than most Americans
By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun
The workers who staff the federal government in Washington are whiter, richer, more educated and more liberal than the rest of the country, according to two political scientists at Johns Hopkins University —who warn of the potential for a troubling gap between the federal workforce and the people it serves.
"It might be a problem," said Jennifer Bachner, director of the Hopkins' master's degree program in government analytics. "If the government looks very different demographically than the American people, the question is: Can they govern well? Can they appreciate the challenges of the American public?"
Bachner and colleague Benjamin Ginsberg, director of Hopkins' Washington Center for the Study of Government, say they have seen plenty of surveys asking Americans what they think about the federal government — but almost no research on what the government thinks about Americans.
Bachner and Ginsberg surveyed about 850 workers in federal agencies in Washington, on Capitol Hill and at the White House, including contractors and consultants.
Are inside-the-Beltway types like the rest of America?
"We found that they certainly weren't," Ginsberg said. "They were a lot whiter, they make more money, they had much higher levels of education. They weren't representative and maybe that doesn't matter … but these folks aren't elected by anyone."
Some key findings:
•Nearly 56 percent of congressional and White House staffers, 71 percent of civil service employees and 72 percent in the policy community hold advanced degrees. Among the general population, the figure is 10.6 percent.
•About 90 percent of the inside-the-Beltway staffers are white. The figure for the general population is 78 percent.
Half of congressional and White House employees, 54 percent of civil servants and 57 percent of policy staffers identify as Democrats. The country is 35 percent Democratic, 28 percent Republican and 33 percent unaffiliated.
Government workers say they read the news in print or online more than five times per week. The American average is 3.6 times per week.
The workers whom Bachner and Ginsberg surveyed in 2012 and 2013 are responsible for writing laws and regulations, providing federal services and running federal programs that affect everyone.
Because the workers are not elected, Ginsberg says, the American people have no direct means to root them out— or push for reform— when their actions don't match the will of the governed.
Ginsberg comes down hard on federal employees, painting them as out-of-touch and more interested in reinforcing their agency's culture than serving citizens.
"Public officials do not have a sense of fiduciary responsibility," he said. "They sense that they know best and everyone should do as they're told and that is not appropriate in a democracy."
Jacqueline Simon, policy director for the American Federation of Government Employees, the largest union for federal workers, takes offense.
"They have horrendously misrepresented the federal workplace," she said.
Simon said it's not fair to lump a few high-ranking policy employees in Washington RIGHT? with the rest of federal workers across the country, who often have middle-class jobs.
"A nursing assistant in a VA hospital is not part of the ruling elite," Simon said. "A Border Patrol agent in Rio Grande is not part of the ruling elite. People who are working in meat processing plants, watching thousands of dead chickens go by on a conveyor belt, identifying the ones that are diseased, are not the ruling elite."
Simon said federal workers make less than their private sector counterparts, and have just weathered three years of wage freezes before getting a 1 percent raise this year.
"Their premise is offensive, untrue, terribly misleading and doesn't deserve the word 'science,'" Simon said.
Bachner said the survey results reinforce what many Americans already think about the government.
"Certainly a lot of people feel like the government is out of touch, to some degree," she said.
While Ginsberg is critical of the federal workforce, he also has suggestions for closing the gap between the government and the governed.
First, he said, federal workers wo are based in Washington should be required to rotate out to different parts of the country to work in field offices, where they're more likely to interact with people and businesses affected by their agencies.
"Get them out of Washington once in awhile," Ginsberg said. "In Washington, all they do is talk to one another."
Second, Ginsberg said, federal workers need training about their responsibility to serve the citizens of the country.
Third, Ginsberg advocates improving civic education for Americans, so that it doesn't focus on heroic-seeming founding fathers and simplistic explanations for historic events and development. Rather, Americans need to be taught the realities of American politics, how to rule and how to be ruled, he said.
"We need real civic training," he said.
Ginsberg and Bachner presented some of their findings to the American Political Science Association recently and are working on a book, "What the Government Thinks of the People," to be published next year.
All Ivy League schools now have government and public policy as their key education tracks. Hopkins has recruiting signs that say----'RUN FOR OFFICE'
This is the farm team and they have to keep these guys coming to maintain control. Winning just a few election cycles can clear out all the appointed heads of Federal, State, and local agencies and reverse the capture we have. This is why you are seeing more and more open election rigging to keep corporate neo-cons and neo-liberals in office. It is why as well we need everyone taking these to court all the way to the Supreme Court to demand Rule of Law work as it should.
Again, not all Hopkins grads are working towards the goal of autocratic corporate rule----but many are.
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Below you see what a society without oversight and accountability leads to----a university deliberately hides crime stats to protect the universities reputation and no doubt the reputation of those committing these rapes. Power corrupts and justice disappears and that is what happens with Johns Hopkins in control of all avenues of public operations. You will see that the young lady could not find a prosecutor for this frat house rape----not enough evidence. It seems hard to believe evidence from a gang rape would be missing. You can look at the article below to see there already was a problem with rape on campus before this gang rape so one would error to thinking these claims were true.....unless your job is to hide these things.
The point is manipulation of justice at all levels and complete control of what policy will look like when it becomes impossible to avoid policy. The students below were mad they had no input into any of these processes and indeed, universities used to have student-centered policy. Students on campus just as employees of Hopkins know this corporation is out of control and think of it as a dark force----not a good source for public control.
The students had a protest on Hopkins campus about the executives deliberately misrepresenting data on rape and silence over what is a growing problem with rape. The Hopkins students were mad because executives wrote policy without any input from students and that policy failed to meet the transparency and justice students wanted to see-----SOUND FAMILIAR?
THIS IS HOW THE ENTIRE BALTIMORE CITY HALL WORKS AND IT IS BECAUSE IT IS RUN BY HOPKINS. The solution-----
GET THESE INSTITUTIONS OUT OF THE BUSINESS OF RUNNING GOVERNMENT
Until It’s Zero: Underreported Rapes at Hopkins?
Written by: Rachel Monroe | Tuesday, May 24, 2011 12:00am
From 2007 to 2009, JHU reported ZERO incidents of sexual assault or rape. While we would love for this to be the case, we know it’s not.
So proclaims the recently-launched Until It’s Zero project, a blog that declares itself “a space devoted to giving survivors of sexual violence an outlet until such a time as the incidence of sexual assault and rape truly is zero.” The blog features stories of assault, rape, gray-area situations, and harassment, written by anonymous Hopkins students — mostly women, but a few men as well.
As the blog’s moderators note, it’s notoriously tricky to get accurate statistics about rape/sexual assault, but some experts estimate that 1 in 4 college women has experienced some form of sexual assault in her lifetime. But a host of factors — from guilt to fear of social stigma to dismissive authority figures — means that many survivors decline to file official reports. A positive-seeming statistic — like Hopkins’ claim of no rapes or sexual assaults reported since 2007 — can actually mask a culture of shame. Over half the rapes committed on college campuses are never reported to police, the blog points out.
So far, the blog features a couple dozen stories from survivors, some set in Hopkins dorms and frat houses, others of which pre-date the writer’s time at the school. And all are heartbreaking to read: “I was 11 years old. I was in CTY.” “The detective assigned to the case told me he only had time for ‘real rapes.'” It’s a harrowing collection of stories, many of which start out innocently — with a date, a party, a night out with friends.
Kudos to the Hopkins Feminist Alliance and Sexual Assault Response Unit for opening up the discussion. Let’s hope that someday soon that “zero” statistic does reflect campus reality.
I attended a community meeting attended by residents near Hopkins about the presence of make prostitution in the area. It is a long-standing occurrence between the campuses of University of Baltimore and Hopkins. They were looking for reasons why it continues and I simply stated that urban universities always have heavy presence of prostitution. These prostitutes were serving the students and residents of mostly affluent neighborhoods nearby. I was met with complete denial and claims that would never happen----it was mysterious train traffic that frequented these haunts in the middle of the night when no trains are running.
THAT WAS THE DATA REPRESENTING THE PROBLEM---NEVER DID ANYONE ALLOW THE TRUE DATA TO BE RECORDED.
Maryland and especially Baltimore has no real source of true data because these institutions do not allow real data----it is all skewed to the results they want. This is dangerous as more power grabs and corruption makes any chances of election changes harder. People should be shouting and engaging in politics NOW to reverse this government capture by the rich and their farm team.
'By the end of the day, Boyle emailed to say she had learned from Baltimore prosecutors that their office was declining to prosecute due to insufficient evidence'.
Johns Hopkins University Failed To Notify Campus Of Alleged Gang Rape, Complaint Claims
Posted: 05/01/2014 5:45 pm EDT Updated: 05/01/2014 5:59 pm EDT Huffington Post
In spring 2013, Baltimore police investigated several members of the fraternity Pi Kappa Alpha, or PIKE, for an alleged drug-facilitated gang rape of a Towson University student at the fraternity's house that March.
In a federal complaint, students allege the university failed to meet its obligations to alert the community to the investigation. And although the university suspended the fraternity's social activities while the investigation was ongoing, the claim alleges, the school also failed to act when it was informed that PIKE was still holding parties.
"We are deeply concerned about the culture at JHU as both ourselves, and several survivors, feel unable to fully disclose our names or experiences publicly for fear of retaliation," the students wrote in the complaint submitted to the U.S. Department of Education. "Despite this, we have filed this complaint to ensure current and future JHU students are safe on our campus."
The students say they heard of the alleged gang rape some weeks after it had been reported to police. The school had not disclosed the alleged rape on its security incident reports, and the students made inquiries with the Student Life office as to why the university hadn't told the campus about the incident or the police investigation. Dean of Student Life Susan Boswell indicated in an email to one student on June 5 that she believed that in not notifying the community there had been a violation of the Clery Act, which requires universities to disclose information about crimes committed on campus.
Boswell has since been promoted this year to special adviser to the vice provost for student affairs. In this role, Boswell is to focus on addressing sexual violence and gender equity on campus.
According to confidential emails provided to HuffPost by advocates working with the complainants, JHU Title IX coordinator Allison Boyle sent an email on the morning of June 27 to several administrators, raising concerns about not having notified the community in the 90 days since the gang rape had been reported.
As several administrators discussed possible language for a Clery notification email, Dennis O'Shea, executive director of communications at JHU, wrote, "My concern is the criticism we will take for not acting (and for not already having acted) if we acknowledge that there are allegations out there."
JHU Provost Robert Lieberman raised a similar concern, writing, "Seems to me we will need an answer to the question of timing: why are we issuing this statement now as opposed to weeks or months ago?"
By the end of the day, Boyle emailed to say she had learned from Baltimore prosecutors that their office was declining to prosecute due to insufficient evidence. Since the university would now begin its own investigation, Boyle declared that no notification email was necessary.
In response to inquiries from The Huffington Post, the university offered the following statement:
At the Johns Hopkins University, the welfare of our community is of the utmost concern, and we are committed to ensuring a safe and healthy campus environment. We have policies and practices in place to ensure compliance with the Clery Act and to provide support and services to students who are victims of sexual violence or other crimes. We provide public notice to our community of serious or ongoing threats, and we offer students confidential counseling and resources, including information about a student's option to pursue either or both criminal prosecution or internal disciplinary action. We also continuously review and reflect upon the effectiveness of our efforts to address sexual violence, and recently established a Sexual Violence Working Group comprising faculty, students and staff to examine current efforts and recommend new initiatives to counter sexual violence.
"The university's most egregious error was its failure to even indicate that PIKE might not be a safe place to hang out," said one student complainant, who requested anonymity to protect against retaliation. "Students were socializing there for almost a year after the incident."
Less than a year after the alleged gang rape, a fight at PIKE resulted in a stabbing. The fraternity is currently under investigation by the university for that January incident.
The Johns Hopkins chapter of PIKE did not respond to a request for comment.
In addition to not notifying the campus of the alleged sexual assault at PIKE, one student's testimonial in the complaint, under the name Jane Doe, accuses Boswell of dissuading her from formally reporting a sexual assault. She alleges that Boswell told her the best she could expect was to change classes or switch dorms, "but that no student has ever been expelled over sexual assault or had any sort of annotation on their transcript."
If she did proceed with a disciplinary hearing, Doe said Boswell told her, she'd waive her right to report the assault to the Baltimore City Police. Such a statement is not true and would violate the gender equity law Title IX.
Doe said that after her assault, she made two suicide attempts and had "major depression, panic attacks, compulsive self-harm, and an anxiety disorder."
Another student, who knew Doe and worked with survivors on campus but also requested anonymity, conceded the university has improved in the past couple of years.
"They have finally gotten together a bystander-intervention training program, though it is in its infancy, and its empirical efficacy questionable, but they did ultimately start a program," the student said.
The Education Department confirmed it received a Clery complaint on Feb. 18, 2014. However, an error by the customer service team prevented the Office for Civil Rights from receiving the Title IX complaint until mid-April. The office has not determined whether it will open an investigation at the school.
This week Johns Hopkins was one of three universities selected by the White House to conduct a study of sexual assault, with the university's School of Nursing specifically tasked with examining violence between student intimate partners, including those in LGBTQ relationships.
When the Hopkins article addressed the affluency of Federal workers it is the Federal unions below that are included in this group. No doubt it is the higher-level Federal employees with a devotion to global corporations----but they set the tone of these vital public unions. IS THIS WHY NATIONAL LABOR UNIONS ARE TYING THEMSELVES TO NEO-LIBERALS? Remember, third world nations do not have unions!
I want to continue this concern for the filling of Federal and state government with the rich and their farm team......I attended a protest right on the Capital lawn of AFSCME workers when all of the cuts to Federal agencies and wages was occurring. I always talk to national unions about my experiences as a national labor and justice activist and this time I was shouting out about neo-liberals using public private partnerships to bust public sector unions. AFSCME always supports those neo-liberals doing the busting as does AFL-CIO. I was told AFSCME does not represent state employees and was fighting only for Federal workers. This may be why public sector unions are being busted all over because state public unions have no one working for them. This would explain supporting neo-liberals with privatization of all that is public. It looks as though no one is protecting city employee unions. This may be why AFL-CIO does not care if state and local public unions are busted.....its connection with AFSCME which in turns sees itself as a Federal employee union and not state.
For AFSCME and AFGE this proposes a split in labor -----Federal employees are being given different terms and contracts that are making them more connected to Wall Street and investment gains then are other unions connected to workers rights. This reflects the changes in who these Federal employees are as well. They are seeing themselves connected to the global corporate mechanism more than to the American people as discussed in the article above. This is why we are seeing a split in union-backing interests and it is deliberate.
I love the AFSCME and AFGE unions----they are key to union survival......public unions were the driver of higher wages and benefits in the private sector when the US and its citizens were most prosperous. As Federal workers come from more wealthy backgrounds---they are not so concerned with the issues of most Americans. They indicated that they were tied to 401K pensions and wanted Wall Street to do well. I said----well, Wall Street is about to crash again taking that 401K pension with it so ALL EMPLOYEES ARE AFFECTED BY THIS GLOBAL CORPORATE STRUCTURE.
Also, when all unions are tied to International AFL-CIO and SEUI we are seeing these international unions taking on the structure of global corporations and their priorities are now global conditions and not only US workers. This is what aligns US unions to Trans Pacific Trade Pact when unions should be fighting it. All this is why unions remain behind neo-liberals like Clinton
AND THEY ARE WRONG IF THEY THINK GLOBAL CORPORATE TRIBUNALS WILL EMBRACE UNIONS!
PLEASE DO NOT ALLOW OUR LABOR AND JUSTICE TO BE SPLIT-----THAT IS THE GOAL!
The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) is a major trade union in the United States. It represents approximately 1.5 million workers, most of whom work in the public sector. The union has become known in recent years for its involvement in political campaigns.
AFSCME is part of the AFL-CIO, one of the two main labor federations in the United States. Employees at the federal government level are primarily represented by other unions, such as the American Federation of Government Employees, with which AFSCME was once affiliated, and the National Treasury Employees Union; but AFSCME does represent some federal employees at the Federal Aviation Administration and the Library of Congress, among others.
Did you know that in Maryland Super Shuttle is owned by VEOLA TRANSPORTATION and that we are fighting what looks to be immigrant slavery connected to workers being brought from Africa and tied to indenturing contracts and forced fees and licencing----service charges to VEOLA all acting as independent contractors when they are simply employees.
IT IS THE WORST OF LABOR SITUATIONS POSSIBLE. DOES SUPER SHUTTLE ACT THIS WAY IN YOUR STATE AND IF SO---SHOULD A UNION BE USING THEM?
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This is of course why the AFL-CIO and its fellow unions support neo-liberals every election----Trumka has been on team Clinton throughout Obama's term. Remember, the AFL-CIO and SEUI are international unions so look at their future as organizing all of the employees connected to the Trans Pacific Trade Pact. They are not worrying about the fact that the union members that paid their dues for decades are being thrown under the truck---they are thinking about organizing the poor around the world.
The American people will see there standards of life fall to third world with this attitude by the very organizations that should be protecting our future. I am shouting to local union members to either vote these leaders out of office at the national and state level----or disassociate with these two international unions.
FORM YOUR OWN UNIONS DOMESTICALLY IF THESE NATIONAL OFFICERS ARE GOING TO ALLOW AMERICANS TO BE SOLD OUT TO GLOBAL CORPORATE POLS!
Note that the only candidate looking to run for President that is truly labor and justice----Bernie Sanders is not on this union leader's mind.
Labor's Trumka: Hillary Clinton is 'very, very qualified to be president'
Posted byCNN's Dan Merica Washington (CNN) -
Richard Trumka is not ready to endorse Hillary Clinton for president in 2016. But that may be because, as he says, "there is no there, there."
At a breakfast with journalists on Thursday, the labor icon and president of the AFL-CIO spoke highly of Clinton, the former secretary of state and favorite for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, but he did raise some questions that he hopes Clinton will answer if she runs.
"I think that Hillary did an excellent job as secretary of state. I think she is very, very qualified to be president," Trumka said at the breakfast, which was hosted by The Christian Science Monitor. "We watch every single day. And my thoughts are it is too early to say. There is no there, there yet."
Despite being laudatory, Trumka's comments should not be seen as an early endorsement of Clinton.
"Would I say she is the favorite now? Yes," he said. "But I think anytime anybody believes there is going to be a coronation, that is dangerous for the candidate."
The AFL-CIO recently came to an agreement with all its member unions that "no one will endorse [in 2016] until we say all of us are going to endorse," Trumka said. Before doing that, the group wants to know where candidates stand on raising the minimum wage, tax code reform and trade issues.
Trumka said his group will be questioning all presidential candidates in order to make their endorsement and will be looking in particular at the candidates’ economic advisers.
"One of our biggest concerns is who the candidates economic team is," he said. "If you get the same economic team, you are going to get the same results and the same results aren't good enough for working people."
Support for The North American Free Trade Agreement, an agreement signed by former President Bill Clinton in 1993, was among the top issues Trumka said his group would look at as a negative.
Also on that list were support for "tax codes that favor sending jobs oversees" and "people who think Wall Street are the be-all and end-all."
The AFL-CIO did not endorse Clinton when she ran for president in 2008, but the group waited until the primary was nearly over to back her Democratic challenger, then-Sen. Barack Obama. Other unions were split between the candidates during the contentious primary.
Earlier this month, AFL-CIO Political Director Mike Podhorzer told reporters that the group was withholding judgment on Clinton for now, according to The Hill.
Clinton was not the only possible 2016 contender that Trumka spoke highly of, however. The labor leader also said Sen. Elizabeth Warren was one of the labor's most supportive friends in the Senate.