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Over the past several months, Harvard's Student Labor Action Movement has been fighting layoffs in solidarity with Harvard workers with support of many members of the student body, alumni, faculty, staff, parents and more. Through protests, a petition, vigils, letters, and more, SLAM has brought the message that workers are valuable members of the Harvard community to the forefront of campus and even Cambridge politics.

Recently SLAM worked with the Harvard College Democrats to produce a video about the human cost of layoffs:

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Bill Scher has a great post up today at Blog for OurFuture about the latest offshore drilling/tire inflating madness.

On Thursday, conservative radio host Sean Hannity claimed Obama said, "All you need to do is inflate your tires. That's all you need to do. If every American would join in this effort, of inflating one's tires, then it's all going to be fine. And we can still import 70% of our oil from Saudi Arabia. Just keep those tires inflated."

Conservatives -- lovers of childish mockery over substantive ideas -- later today are apparently planning to distribute tire gauges at an Obama energy event.

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Fear of a Wack Planet
by Seth Pearce, Living Liberally

Jonathan Levine's new film The Wackness is great. It really is. It's depressing. No doubt. But it's a good movie.

Josh Peck, as recently graduated-prep school-drug dealer-hip hop enthusiast-virgin-depressive-bored Luke Shapiro and Sir Ben Kingsley as lost-frustrated-depressive-addicted-bored-tired Dr. Squires are excellent together. Their relationship gives the movie an uncompromising reality that infiltrates every moment of the New York City Hip-Hopped bildungsroman. All the actors have a great understanding for their characters and the director really gets you into the protagonists head. So much so, that your emotions twist and squeeze along with Luke's as he suffers through heartbreak, insecurity and a drugged out emptiness that pervades each frame.

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Thu Jul 03, 2008 at 11:41 AM PDT

Daniel Mintz is Living Liberally

by Seth Pearce

Originally posted on the Living Liberally Blog

Talking Liberally Progressive Parley
by Seth Pearce, Living Liberally

Part of Living Liberally's mission has been to promote engagement and collaboration among progressive organizations. To fulfill this goal we at Living Liberally have decided to feature interviews with people involved in different parts of the progressive movement. Hopefully, through these interviews, we can learn about what progressives are working on today, and get a little more in depth about what its like to be a part of the progressive movement.

Our first interviewee, Daniel Mintz, is in Research and Development at progressive powerhouse MoveOn.org Political Action. He currently lives in Brooklyn and every once in a while shows up at the Original Drinking Liberally. Enjoy!

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Thu Jun 26, 2008 at 11:58 AM PDT

Sounds Like a Plan!

by Seth Pearce

To say that Matthew Yglesias's new book, Heads in the Sand will single-bookedly save the Democratic party is a slight overstatement. It does, however, provide what may be one the most important tools democrats can use to win in 2008 and govern in the years to come: a coherent, intelligent and aggressive liberal policy on National Security.

HITS is a book that, for starters, takes the issue of National Security seriously. Unlike many liberal thinkers and politicians of the past decade, Yglesias argues that National Security is an issue of prime importance to the Democratic Party and to America. It cannot be sidestepped in favor of domestic issues, that democrats are traditionally more comfortable with. The few democrats who do address National Security, Yglesias's "Liberal Hawks," only do so in a way that reinforces the failed Bush doctrine of militaristic nationalism, even if they disagree with his specific policies.

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Wed Mar 05, 2008 at 08:48 AM PST

The Solution?

by Seth Pearce

After last night's primaries and the 11 contests preceding them, the results are clear:America wants Barack Obama to win this nomination, but it doesn't want Hillary Clinton to lose.

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What is our role, the student's role, in our society?

As it stands now we are the constant object of the education discussion sentence. My english teacher told me (and mind you, this was last year... in my junior year of high school,) that a simple sentence contains three parts: the subject or actor, the verb or action, and the object or that which is acted upon

As in: "The Department of Education (that's the subject) puts (the verb) children(the object) first (I guess that's an adjective)."

In the American education debate, we are acted upon by many subjects: The Department of Education, who treats us like products, numbers that need to be manipulated so that they can look real good, the City, that treats us as criminals who need to be babysat by the NYPD for a couple of hours a day, and our Teachers, who people assume can snap their fingers and turn us into brilliant astrophysicists ready to herald in a new age of American economic glory.

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Wed Jan 09, 2008 at 09:43 PM PST

The Education Candidate

by Seth Pearce

Over the past few weeks, it's been hard to look away from the excitement of the Presidential primary season, especially since I just turned 18 in November and get to vote this time around. Because of this important and exhilarating election, my fellow student activists over at the NYC Students Blog have decided to take a break from our usual commentary on NYC education and instead talk about which candidates we as students (and some of us, first time voters) support and why the would be good for students around the country.

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Last month, the New York City Student Union officially launched the NYC Students Blog (nycstudents.blogspot.com), the first ever student-run blog about the NYC education system.  In doing so they have joined the many teacher blogs, organizational blogs and the NYC Public School Parents Blog to contribute to the discussion on many of the important issues in our City's schools.


Ashu Kapoor, a senior blogger from a Queens small school:

For too long, students have been left out of the decisions made about our education. This blog will begin the task of giving students a real voice in our schools. Students are most affected by the successes and failures of our schools and deserve some say in the policies made about them

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