From: "Superintendent Anthony Hamlet, Ed.D" <email@example.com>
Date: Apr 28, 2017 4:59 PM
Subject: Pittsburgh Public Schools Update - April 2017
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Greetings! You attended a previous Coaching Boys Into Men training, so we are keeping you in the loop about this upcoming opportunity with the Pittsburgh Steelers on May 20. Details below.
(Cross posting, please excuse duplicate emails.)
This session is focused on high school athletic coaches. Please forward to anyone who might be interested!
A pair of top Democrats are telling the 28 percent of the party that is pro-life to get in line and support abortion – or leave the party.
"Every Democrat, like every American, should support a woman's right to make her own choices about her body and her health," Perez said in a statement on April 21. "That is not negotiable and should not change city by city or state by state." – Tom Perez, DNC Chairman
While I believe that every woman should have control over her own body and the right to choose whether to have an abortion or not, it increasingly seems as if the hierarchy of the Democratic Party is intent upon political suicide. Establishing an absolute standard of belief to be applied to all Party adherents would seem to be akin to emulating the Nazi Party in Germany or the Communist Party in the Soviet Union – toe the line or else. So much for belief in democracy. Assuming the Party chooses to do this with the abortion issue, they can apply it to anything. I'm not suggesting that there are no issues that could be absolutely banned for followers, slavery comes immediately to mind. But, when choosing an issue about which there is a great deal of disagreement, particularly among people with strong religious convictions, it seems to be nonsensical.
This is not all that much different from the Party elite's effort to dis Bernie Sanders and all of those who believe that Sanders' policy prescriptions would move the Party in the correct direction for the times. Unfortunately, the Democratic Party bosses are so tightly tied to Wall Street, Tech and entertainment Billionaires that the prospect of even mildly progressive policies and people in the Party strikes terror in their souls and demands drastic action to ensure that no such change occur. This is the gist of the attachment, but more forcefully made.
Many of us believe that the United States is devolving into little more than a third-world country with a small wealthy minority class and a much larger class of disadvantaged and disenfranchised who have essentially no say in the policies which impact them and little or no capacity to rise out of their present situation. In some nations this is known as a caste system, in others quasi-serfdom; or, as it might be termed, neo-serfdom. The attached piece explains that this is not just coming to America, it has arrived. If this is permitted to become entrenched as the cultural norm, as is the neoliberal plan, there will be little which can be done to change matters down the road. This is why it is urgent that we close ranks now and act as one people to rise up and return the promise of hope and freedom which we were finally able to sniff the virtues of following World War Two up until the neoliberal takeover in the late 1970s. There is no time to lose. We must set aside our differences now to have any hope of seeing real change in the lifetimes of our children. There is much to gain and little to lose – do not go silent into the night.
There are some questions which never seem to be raised in this nation, but the biggest has to do with our great 'friend' and 'ally' Israel. Perhaps the time has come to change that before it is too late – if it isn't already.
Less than two weeks remain until the 20th annual Art All Night! This year's show will be held April 29th - 30th, at a brand new location: 85 36th Street in Lawrenceville. As always, the show will be open to the public from 4 p.m. Saturday until 2 p.m. Sunday, offering lots of opportunities to view and create art, hear music, and meet friends, as well as everything else you love about one of Pittsburgh's best and most unique events.But we can't do it without YOUR help! Art All Night is run 100% by volunteers and requires many people to pitch in. Volunteer shifts are as short as two hours, though of course you're welcome to sign up for multiple shifts. There are many different jobs available for people of all abilities and interests.We welcome and appreciate whatever time you are able to volunteer, but we are especially in need of volunteers on the shifts between midnight and 6 a.m. If you're a night owl, please consider signing up during this time! We'll provide caffeinated beverages, water, and snacks throughout the night as well as a catered breakfast (with vegan options).You can see what jobs and shifts are available on the volunteer section of our website: https://www.artallnig
ht.org/wp/?page_id=679All volunteers get a free t-shirt and are in a perfect position to keep enjoying all that Art All Night has to offer before and after their shift.See you at the show!
The two attachments document the futility of wars initiated by the United States for the past 15 or so years as well as the prospect for ever more, even more destructive wars to come. In the second article Mike Whitney makes some assertions which many will have qualms about. First of all, he fails to mention that the Korean 'Police Action' was initiated by an attack on South Korea by the North, which was joined by China when it appeared that the North was about to lose. Second, he doesn't mention that North Korea is without question a despicable dictatorship, like other despicable dictatorships we claim to be overthrowing in the name of 'spreading democracy', even though no democracy seems to be forthcoming anywhere we have injected our military 'assistance'. Virtually everything else in Whitney's article is accurate and unreported in the main stream media of the United States. In this sense, North Korea has every reason to be terrified of the United States based on their experiences in the past. So don't discount their desire for nuclear weapons as necessarily an aggressive move toward their neighbors.There is a reason why the United States is viewed by most of the rest of the world as the primary threat to peace. Even today U.S. Representative Adam Kinsinger, a Republican member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, acknowledged in an interview with CNN that the Russian military was simply no match for the American military. This confirms Vladimir Putin's assertion that, in the event of a conflict with the United States, Russia would have no alternative but to resort to nuclear weapons. Yet many U.S. politicians in both political parties and many high-ranking military personnel are determined to push the U.S. into just this sort of a conflict with both Russia and China. This is, in my opinion, both a stupid and potentially catastrophic policy, similar to those which led to World War I in Europe. Somehow the American people must wake up and realize our so-called allies in the Middle East are determined take us into arenas where any sensible person should be terrified to go. Our desperate determination to rule the world will not produce any benefits for anyone other than war contractors and even those will be short-term and temporary.