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Thursday, June 4, 2009

Do Budget Cuts to CA Public Schools Spell Disaster? It's Not the Money! What About Iran's Nukes? DeNukeIran.com's Idea, Saturday, June 6, 2009

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My guest, Ben Chavis, and the schools he has founded, including American Indian School of Oakland, CA, demonstrate it's not money that generates excellence. The poorest, from the most underpriveleged backgrounds achieve greatness, academically, intellectually, physically, as a rule, not the exception! It's simple and cost effective, perfect answer to budget cuts, and the kids love it!
Among the thousands of public schools in California, only four middle schools and three high schools score higher. None of them serves mostly underprivileged children.
At American Indian, the largest ethnic group is Asian, followed by Latinos and African Americans. Some of the schools' critics contend that high-scoring Asian Americans are driving the test scores, but blacks and Latinos do roughly as well -- in fact, better on some tests.
That makes American Indian a rarity in American education, defying the axiom that poor black and Latino children will lag behind others in school. Mitchell Landsberg, L.A. Times May 31, 2009
98% of American Indian School's students are below poverty level. The top four schools that beat American Indian are in Fremont, Cupertino, and Lodi. Their percentage of students in poverty are 3%, 3%, 22% and 2%. How is this possible?
Ben Chavis wants to empower families all over CA to bring forth the same paradigm for success to their communities. He'll tell us how he does it, and how you, too, can make it happen.
Michael Fenenbock and Daphne Weisbart, creative, accomplished, politically savvy, producers and founders of Max Films, talk with us about their internet campaign to DeNuke Iran.
Ramin Akhbari, Iranian-American who migrated from Iran, as a student, during the 1978-1979 timeframe of the Iranian Revolution, and now a resident of Silicon Valley, joins us in our talk about Iran. Join us for hot talk Saturday at 11 AM, PT

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Botched Paramilitary Police Raids: An Epidemic of "Isolated Incidents"

"If a widespread pattern of [knock-and-announce] violations were shown . . . there would be reason for grave concern." —Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, in Hudson v. Michigan, June 15, 2006. An interactive map of botched SWAT and paramilitary police raids, released in conjunction with the Cato policy paper "Overkill: The Rise of Paramilitary Police Raids," by Radley Balko. What does this map mean? How to use this map View Original Map and Database


Death of an innocent. Death or injury of a police officer. Death of a nonviolent offender.
Raid on an innocent suspect. Other examples of paramilitary police excess. Unnecessary raids on doctors and sick people.
The proliferation of SWAT teams, police militarization, and the Drug War have given rise to a dramatic increase in the number of "no-knock" or "quick-knock" raids on suspected drug offenders. Because these raids are often conducted based on tips from notoriously unreliable confidential informants, police sometimes conduct SWAT-style raids on the wrong home, or on the homes of nonviolent, misdemeanor drug users. Such highly-volatile, overly confrontational tactics are bad enough when no one is hurt -- it's difficult to imagine the terror an innocent suspect or family faces when a SWAT team mistakenly breaks down their door in the middle of the night. But even more disturbing are the number of times such "wrong door" raids unnecessarily lead to the injury or death of suspects, bystanders, and police officers. Defenders of SWAT teams and paramilitary tactics say such incidents are isolated and rare. The map above aims to refute that notion.

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