Bye – Guest Post by Angie Sullivan

750 teachers will not return tomorrow.  They left for break and will not be back. 

If they each teach 30 kids that is 22,500 students who do not have a teacher tomorrow. 

This is not OK.  

And this happens routinely every year.  

This in addition to 500 classrooms filled with subs from the beginning of the year.  15,000 students have not had a teacher yet – they have had a substitute all year.  Perhaps for the second or third year in a row.  

We will lose another 2,000 teachers by the end of August.  

We will lose around $28,000 in teacher training for each teacher leaving.  If 2500 leave that is around $70 million walking away.  And that does not factor in recruitment it takes to get more skilled labor to be hired. 

We see where the vacancies/teacher openings are occurring.  There are obvious areas which need more support to retain. 

The conditions are bad.  

Stuffing under-prepared and unskilled warm bodies into schools full of other under-prepared and unskilled warm bodies is NOT a school.  Teachers make a school.  Warm bodies cannot know pedagogy, developmental theory or best practice.  I love the folks who help out but we cannot say they are teaching. And putting all the folks who do not know much in the same school – destroys that school.   Again we know which parts of town have destroyed schools.  

Folks who complain about their teacher – should frankly ask if that person in the classroom actually is a teacher. 

Now comes the time of year when we cannot get a substitute.

I would consider this news article misinformation. 

We do not have folks picking up the substitute jobs – most likely because they are actually teaching long term in a vacant position.  

Last spring 500+ openings were occurring routinely and no one picked up the jobs. 

Teachers know if they call out – no one will come and it forces students to go to other teachers – as everyone is asked to cover for anyone who is absent. Or folks are asked to give up their preparation time to cover. Some give up their preparation time all year – effectively covering the entire school year for a vacancy. 

Money is saved when this happens.  Where does it go? 

All this attrition money goes where?  

The burden is on the school building and classroom teachers but the central office does not return the savings to the SOT? 

Balancing the CCSD central office budget with money saved from some students in some parts of town not having a professional teacher has got to stop. 

Saving money by not filling a job causes other issues.  

This is not working. 


I am willing to strike.   

I am just waiting for enough folks to walk out with me.  I want community support.  This strike is not for me personally.  It is for my commmunity and my kids.  When we are all ready – let’s do it.  

This is bad and I am angry. 

Everyone needs to realize it is bad and get angry too. 

Folks need to join me and others in demanding the $2 Billion it is going to take to begin to make this right.  The Nevada Legislature needs to create more revenue.  We need to raise money. 

We have a money problem.

Close it down.  And walk out.  

The time is past for throwing a few pennies at this and asking us to shut up.  

The Sad but Returning Teacher,

Angie Sullivan. 


Attrition money needs to be returned to the individual schools.  If a vacancy is not filled – the school needs the money saved to support kids.  

We want the reorganization law to be followed and all of the 85 to be pushed to school level.  

We want the pot money. 

We want the room tax money. 

We want our fair share of the education money 80%. 

We want ability to raise money locally. 

We want money to get to kids

We want weighted funding. 

We want our fair share of mining proceeds.  

We want the southern caucus to fight for our kids.  Quit allowing everyone else in the state to grab our student money. 

We need additional money for each and every “great idea”.  

We have significant needs.  

Teachers being silenced has not worked.   


“You should be Having Lots of Babies to Keep White People the Master-Race in America” – Margery Hanson

I petitioned my insurance company, for an elective surgery at the age of 18. A tubal ligation. I got no response for a year and finally, in September of 1979, after petitioning them again, I was scheduled to see a female gynecologist. She proceeded to interrogate me. When she asked why I wanted my tubes tied, I told her because I NEVER wanted to give birth. She told me I was the wrong color to get my tubes tied. She said,”You’re not Mexican or Black, so you should be having lots of babies to keep white people the master-race in America”.

Since I insisted on having my tubes tied, this gynecologist scheduled me for a battery of interviews, observations and a film short about child birth.

The first interview was with a psychiatrist (as if something was wrong with ME, for not wanting to give birth or be pregnant). That lasted about 5 minutes. He declared I was of sound mind. My second interview was with a Neo-Natal Nurse, “don’t I love babies?” my response, “Of course I love babies, I just don’t want to HAVE any”. I figured I could always marry someone who already had children, that needed a  mother and I’m a great mom! I did eventually marry a man with a 5 year old girl and a 3 year old boy. I fell in love with the children, not the man.

My next ‘test’ was to walk through the Neo-Natal unit, full of babies and cursing mothers, about to give birth. When the nurse asked me how I felt about it, I told her, “That’s not something I’m interested in experiencing.” She shook her head at me.

My last ‘test’ was a film on the “Joy of Giving Birth” 30 minutes of sitting in a hard-backed chair and losing my patience.

I was finally introduced to the main gynecologist. A short and friendly man from Sweden. He explained to me that I was going to get a bikini cut, then they would cut, tie and cauterize my tubes. “YAY” I thought, finally some progress.

One week later to the day, I was in the hospital in pre-op, waiting for the next day, to FINALLY get my tubal ligation.

First they gave me some narcotic to help me relax, then the guy from transportation took me and my gurney on a high speed ride (those guys don’t mess around), to my surgical suite.

So, the anesthesiologist sticks the I.V. in my arm and asks the female gynecologist if she said 16 units or 60 units. I was going under, but I remember it distinctly. You see, I’m also a type 1 diabetic and he was talking about insulin. The gynecologist NEVER responded.

I woke up to a nurse smacking my face, telling me to wake up. I woke up angry, because the last thing I remembered was the conversation about how much insulin to give me. She could have killed me! Since she never answered, he gave me 60 units of Regular insulin (fast acting). That being said, the next question I was asked by the female gynecologist was, “Do you still want to have the surgery?” No one else was in the room so I was very firm with her. “Yes I still want the surgery and now I know what to expect”.

That day wasn’t all bad, I got to eat all kinds of sweet stuff to keep me from going into insulin shock, chocolate cake, ice cream, snickers bars. So not a total loss and all the while my mother was sitting in the room with me. I told her it wasn’t the anesthesiologist’s fault, that she wouldn’t answer him, but I also just wanted to get this done and over with. So I continued to be polite.

The next morning, even after the pill they gave me, I was still very aware, enough to see what the room looked like. Then I was out and then in recovery.

When I came to, there were 3 doctors standing around me. The Swedish guy told me the surgery was a success however, they cut and tied my tubes, but did not cauterize them, which gave me a 3% chance of getting pregnant, also because I was so young and if I ever changed my mind, reconstruction would be easier. I just looked down, disappointed. My diabetic doctor was asking if he couldn’t give me something for the nausea I was experiencing after the surgery. I was getting ready to dry-heave. The female gynecologist said no, because once my insulin kicked in, it would over come the nausea and then, she wanted to examine my incision. I offered to take the bandage off, but before I even finished my sentence, she ripped it off my bikini line.  I though for sure, everything behind that incision was going to fall out onto the blanket, I also think she would have been pleased had that happened. So now I’m holding my belly and dry-heaving. Starting to have an insulin reaction and here comes the food.

I was supposed to be in that bed and in that room for the next 3 days, for observation. Needless to say, that afternoon, when my boyfriend came to visit me, I had him help me get dressed and we took the Public Transit Bus to my house. I wasn’t staying for anymore of the female gyno’s torture tricks. Even though I still had 3 follow up appointments to check on my healing progress.

The first follow up appointment, I went by myself and that was a HUGE mistake. Laying back with my feet in the stirrups and she attacks me with a cold and unlubricated speculum. Freezing cold and tearing flesh. I left the room in tears. I’m pretty sure she hated me for not being a white supremacist. The next appointment, my mom was in the room with me and this time, I wasn’t injured. I skipped the last appointment, because I just didn’t think it was necessary to be a stationary target in her stirrups.

I had this operation done in 1979, when I was on the verge of being 19, I am 58 now and the only regrets I have is, they didn’t cauterize my tubes and I didn’t report her to the insurance medical board for her callous treatment and racist behavior.

In Response to the Recent Nevada Secretary of State Indictment

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One of the biggest obstacles Clinton faced in the swing-state of Nevada against Trump in 2016, was losing votes from Sanders supporters who switched to Green Party candidate Jill Stein.

With a social justice focus on climate change and eradicating poverty, the loudly and proudly far-left Green Party has become a natural home for some Sanders-supporting progressives who were fundamentally unenthusiastic with and disenfranchised by, the Clinton candidacy.

Green Party registrations were growing – increasing from under 2000 in early 2016 to 3,171 as of July 28, 2016, as many Sanders supporters exited the Nevada Democratic party.

In order to get on the ballot in November 2016, Jill Stein had to get more than .05 percent of the registered Nevada voter base. The Green Party in Nevada was able to canvass and acquired far more than the required signatures. At the same time, a regional ballot access coordinator working for the Jill Stein campaign (not the Green Party US, nor the Nevada Green Party), hired Adrienne White, operating under the name 党White Paper Solutions,・founded in May of 2016 in Nevada. She was paid $17,000 by the Stein campaign to gather signatures. The problem? The signatures were fake.

By June 3, 2016 the Nevada Green Party needed 5,431 signatures to make the ballot, and it turned in 8,277. After the verification process, the party was 647 signatures short of making the ballot. Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske, denied Stein ballot access because many of the signatures gathered by 展hite Paper Solutions・were fake. U.S. District Judge Jennifer Dorsey denied the Nevada Green Party痴 appeal to accept signatures collected after the deadline. Judge Dorsey was appointed by President Obama during U.S. Senate Harry Reid’s tenure. Her law partners contributed $150,000 to the Senate Majority PAC, an organization headed by former Reid aides to help him remain majority leader by electing more Democrats.

The Secretary of State also refused to recount the signatures.

After the ruling that the Nevada Green Party failed to make the ballot, Adrienne White and White Paper Solutions disappeared. The website listed under the company痴 filing with the Nevada Secretary of State is no longer active, and there is no sign of Adrienne White or the company online. In doing so, White Paper Solutions essentially secured Nevada for Clinton. White Paper Solutions specifically targeted the homeless, even paying them less than minimum wage to collect signatures for the ballot access initiative. And now, every few months, the Secretary of State announces the indictment of yet another person used or victimized by Adrienne White, while the resulting media headlines conflates these illegal activities with the Nevada Green Party.

Even former Nevada congressional candidate Dan Rolle (a Democrat), has challenged the Nevada Attorney General, Secretary of State and Governor, to re-examine the prosecution of many homeless locals who White Paper Solutions specifically targeted. So we ask the question virtually no one can be bothered to ask: why isn’t Adrienne White being investigated?

Questionable behavior in the matter continued, in activities that would best be addressed by separate editorials – e.g., one of the then-directors of the League of Women Voters / Las Vegas Valley, Denise Gerdes, actively participated in the court case against the Nevada Green Party, acting as an intervenor defendant in Nevada Green Party et al vs. Cegavske. This, from a supposed non-partisan organization that states it never supports or opposes candidates for office, or political parties.

In these trying political times, Nevadans and all Americans place their trust in those individuals and groups who claim to protect the integrity of the election process. We can only hope they will live up to these ideals they so loudly profess. We look to those in the media to ask the questions no one else can be bothered to ask. Nevada voters of all political affiliations are depending on you.


Single-Payer-Healthcare U.S.A. – guest post by Sabra Ewing


Dear #Japan #Norway  #UnitedKingdom #Kuwait #Sweden #Bahrain #Brunei #Canada #UnitedArabEmirates #Finland #Slovenia #Italy #Portugal #Cyprus #Spain  and #Iceland

As well as any of  the other people from countries in the world, that enjoy Health Care as a Human Right, we need your help!


The following states have Republican Senators, that will vote on September 30, to decimate an already inadequate, for profit healthcare system. Arizona, Louisiana, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia and Arkansas! This vote will further shorten our lives, literally kill the poor and drive tens of thousands of Americans into bankruptcy.
Please #Boycott these states, support this Action of Solidarity and share it widely on Social Media outlets!


People in support of Single-Payer-Healthcare For All, are asking you to;

Please take a photo holding a sign that says where you’re from and Solidarity with Single-Payer Healthcare.



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Clark County School District – Guest Post by Anonymous


I beleive CCSD takeover is imminent.

Mismanagement guarantees takeover.

1.  We are supposedly at the end of the line.  Without a real forensic audit – we do not know for sure – but we certainly cannot rely on CCSD to be as transparent as required by law in the timeframe we need.  Small movement is not enough.  This has to be done yesterday but managing by delay and lawsuit has made the clock run out.

Upper CCSD central office management intentionally breaks the law and will not comply until forced.

Delay, delay, delay has caused us to be last in the nation and we will not make progress until this is changed.

2. Reliance on people who have hurt the district for 30 years.  CCSD seems determined to find that one political party or group who will “save them”.   Sadly they won’t find one.  Even as campaign flyers claim some folks are “education advocates” – they are not.  Placing folks like Assemblywoman Carlton and EducateNow’s Slyvia Lazos on a budget committee after a heavy session of union busting by both is not likely to solve  outstanding labor arbitrations.  88% of the budget is contracted with unions.   People run schools and interact with kids.   Professionals require a solid enforceable contract.  Labor is tired of abuse.

Democrats do not have all the answers.  They have not been friendly to union education labor.  Frankly they do not listen to teachers.  Cannot rely on them.

3.  I had a conversation.   I was told central office has made cuts.  In fact, someone let their secretary go.

We see you top heavy central office.  Time to heavily cut the entire top layer.  Central office admin with a staff of four or five? As a classroom teacher, I do my own paperwork every Sunday – I suggest you do the same.

No one should have a secretary, a liasion, a trip, a free meal, a car allowance, etc  . . . until there is a fully licensed and professional educator in every clasroom.  Most especially special education and openings in schools serving students in poverty.

Classrooms have suffered while some have a secretary?

I suggest folks move back to the school level and directly help kids.

Our priority should not be making life comfortable for those who have crawled on the back of children to get themselves a secretary in an office downtown far away from schools.

Cut the central office as required by law until 85% of education money is back in schools directly serving students.

4.   Labor has been made the enemy.  CCSD central office did it. Specifically Chief Negotiator Eddie Goldman has destroyed labor relations.  Lots of outstanding arbitrations.  We have been stonewalled. As stated before – even after negotiations – contracted language is intentially ignored until forced by lawsuit to pay.

Now staff are supposed to link arms with the central offfice and sing a song?

CCSD has spent the last ten years union busting and abusing contract language.

Choosing to expensively arbitrate which is very costly rather than bargain in good faith is mismanagement.  The legal budget at CCSD is enormous.  Spending tax payer money in this manner is ridiculous.

A forensic audit is cheap compared to the money being spent on arbitration.

CCSD chooses to pay lawyers to keep from paying folks the amounts the district agreed to in black and white?

No one has the appetite to stand up to the evil man controlling the CCSD negotiations team.  Teachers and labor will remain the enemy instead of allied in the fight as a Southern Caucus until Goldman is removed.  Attacking pay and insurance will continue to divide us.

5.   Disfunction.  The severe division and infighting in the central office is destructive.  Team Skorkowsky seems to be losing with his retirement.  While team Goldman seems to be remaining firm.

The severe divisions are likely the reason for disfunction in lobbying, budgeting, and negotiation.   Fighting each other rather than strategically working for CCSD students.   These conflicting management styles and methods for doing the job are not working.

Infighting kills progress.

It makes the central office and the Trustees ineffective.  And it contributes to the culture of bullying and fear at every level.


None of the above is good news for students or staff.

In the interim legislative sessions, Canavero and Wynn quietly keep stating they are ready to take over.  The reorganization language allows them to do so if Trustees and central office do not start to work to follow the law.  The district has wasted an entire year by obstruction.  Time wasted.  We have a year left.

Frankly – the house needs to be drastically cleaned so takeover seems imminent.

Skorkowsky leaving is not enough.

Get to 15% Central Office.  You will need to move faster. Money needs to be moved to schools.

Cuts to school staff – are creating problems and basically against the law.   Central admin needs to take the hit.

Kids need access to the  money. This money is for kids not people in suits downtown.

The public is tired of shenanigans.

This is selfish and disgusting.

She Lost – with photo credit to Whomod Modstar

I LostHillary Rodham Clinton is such a LIAR! In 2008 She lost, turned around and loaned herself massive amounts of money to finish the primary, contested the primary at the National Convention, which was then brokered, had a secret negotiations meeting BEFORE she endorsed Obama, then, to add insult to injury, had President Elect Barack Obama send out an OFFICIAL letter from the DNC requesting party members send DONATIONS to HRC to help her pay back the loan she gave herself, to LOS!


Charlottesville – Posted by a friend of a friend – Anonymous

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“I rarely post politics or anything else on Facebook …. But let me be clear. I was acting as a medic in Charlottesville. “Both sides”-ing about it is absolutely unacceptable. Content note: I’m going to get quite graphic here, because while I understand that there’s quite a range of political viewpoints among my Facebook friends, I want to *get this point through to everyone whatever your politics*.


In the run-up to that weekend, some local counterprotest organizers’ families were forced to flee their homes because of violent threats. Some of them had “bodyguards” – friends escorting them everywhere they went that week, even to the grocery store, work, all the mundane places that people go in their normal lives.


On Friday night, a torch-wielding mob chanting Nazi and other racist slogans (e.g. “blood and soil,” “Jews will not replace us”), some doing Nazi salutes, surrounded, screamed “White lives matter” and “anti-white” at, a small group of college student counterprotesters who had linked arms around a statue and had a banner. They then threw fuel at them, beat them with lit torches, pepper-sprayed them, and punched them (including pepper-spraying a girl in a wheelchair). The police mostly stood by until the nazis were gone. A medic who was wearing a kippah (a Jewish skullcap) was followed in the dark by one of the nazis, and took it off after that so as not to be targeted. A university librarian who joined the students to try to protect them has now had a stroke. At some point that evening, the torch-wielders also surrounded a black church while chanting racist slogans. All of this not only hurt people that night but set expectations for how the white nationalists would behave the next day.


On Saturday morning, a line of clergy, along with a gradually growing group of other protesters, showed up outside the nazi rally (given the iconography, including swastikas, the Black Sun, and fasces, and the chants, of involved groups, I don’t have a problem using that word, don’t let anyone fool you into thinking these were mainstream conservative groups that are being described hyperbolically), facing militia movement members who were carrying assault rifles. There was shouting back and forth, and a small early fistfight where a nazi punched a nearby counterprotester who spilled coffee on him. Nazis were screaming antisemitic things at rabbis in the clergy line, and chanting “blood and soil” in response to the clergy singing “This little light of mine.” At one point, some clergy did a peaceful blockade of one of the park entrances, which was forcibly broken by an incoming white nationalist group with skulls painted on their shields. The heavy bidirectional fighting, though, mostly got going after a group of counterprotesters nonviolently blocked the way of an oncoming group of white nationalists, who broke through the blockade with clubs and heavy shields. Some people defended themselves as the white nationalists kept charging and swinging clubs. After that, there were fistfights and club-fights breaking out all around, nazis pepper-spraying and tear-gassing counterprotest crowds, plastic water bottles thrown in both directions. A nazi group that didn’t know where the entrance to the park was added to the street fights. Some clergy ran to shield vulnerable people with their bodies, and those clergy were protected by antifa-associated counterprotesters – multiple clergy/theologians have said that they would have been “crushed” and maybe killed if antifa had not protected them. This went on for a long time. For most of this, the police stood around. Eventually, they cleared both sides out of the area.


The town’s synagogue is a short distance from the park. Throughout the day, nazis paraded by it doing the Nazi salute and shouting antisemitic slurs. The police had refused to provide a guard to the synagogue for some reason, so it had hired its own armed guard. There were threats of burning it down coming in. It had to cancel a havdalah service at a congregant’s house that evening out of fear of attack.


The march that was attacked with a car by James Fields was that afternoon. What street fighting had happened was long-since over by then. It was a happy march, it was not fighting anyone. The car attack came out of nowhere and the aftermath looked like a war zone. It hit the front of the march as the march was going around a corner, and many people weren’t sure what had happened at first, people were screaming about a bomb. In addition to the woman who died, many people had serious injuries. A medic who was hit had to have emergency surgery to not lose her leg. A 13 year-old girl and her mom were among the injured. The street was covered in blood. The firefighters and paramedics were great. The police, on the other hand, rolled in an armored vehicle and threatened the crowd of survivors with a tear gas launcher. Police officers ordered the medics who were performing CPR on the woman who died to leave her and clear the area. They refused, and bystanders negotiated with the police to leave them alone.


There were several other incidents throughout the afternoon where white nationalists/nazis/whatever were menacing small groups of wandering counterprotesters with their cars, swerving toward them on the sidewalk like they were going to hit them, that kind of thing, including after the car attack. At one point my medic buddy and I were about 50 feet ahead of such a group and heard screeching car sounds and screams, and ran back, thinking for a second that there had been another terrorist attack and that this time we were the only medics on site, but fortunately it was just a scare – the driver then “rolled coal” (intentionally emitting a dark cloud of exhaust) at the people on the sidewalk before driving away. There was also an incident at some point where a young black man was badly beaten by white nationalists in a parking garage.


There is no “both sides” here. I mean, first of all, there is no moral both sides because antifascists and nazis aren’t morally the same, period. Disrupting nazis isn’t the same as being one, period. But there was also no “both sides” even beyond that. Mutual street fighting primarily kicked off by an attack from the opposing side, doesn’t compare to mowing people down with a car, to threatening a synagogue and a black church, to stalking someone for being visibly Jewish, to being part of a Nazi-slogan-screaming mob that surrounds and attacks peaceful college kids and could have easily killed one of them if the fuel thrown on a couple of them had been lit by one of the many thrown or swung torches.


Don’t let anyone fool you into thinking the Saturday rally was starting out just a rally like others, but with racist assholes. The people organizing counterprotests, whose families had to flee town, would probably take issue with that. The black church and the synagogue, the synagogue congregant who had to cancel a religious/cultural ceremony out of fear, and the ones who had to leave the building in groups out the back entrance to avoid attack, would probably take issue with that. The people who were physically attacked, on Friday night, by those in town for the Saturday rally, would probably take issue with that.


Don’t elide the difference in the questions of whether hate speech should be criminalized, and how communities and their supporters should protect themselves when people who are already threatening to kill them roll into town to rally and then physically attack community members before their rally while the police don’t stop it. Don’t invoke the Civil Rights Movement to elide it, or tsk-tsk people who were on the ground in Cville. The Civil Rights Movement had its Deacons for Defense and Justice, and similar groups. Just as importantly, many of the leading lights of the Civil Rights Movement were murdered. If you think the only valid kind of activism in response to racist hate is martyrdom, you need to at least think through the implications of that belief.

I did not have a good weekend and I have no interest in hearing comments about how, despite everything I saw and everything I said here, you think this is a “both sides” thing. If you find my activism unacceptable you are welcome to unfriend me.”

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