THIS DAY IN HISTORY June 23, 1968: The Poor People’s Campaign Ended

Ralph Abernathy, Mel Thom and others on the Ministers’ March. In the NMAAHC exhibit, © Laura Jones

On June 23, 2018, the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival convened at the US Capitol in Washington, D.C. for a Rally to Fight Poverty Not the Poor, after 40 days of peaceful protests and actions.

For more information on the 2018 Rally and the Poor People’s Campaign.

For photos of the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY June 23, 1988: James Hansen Testified to Congress about Climate Change

Coal is the single greatest threat to civilization and all life on our planet. …the dirtiest trick that governments play on their citizens is that they are working for ‘clean coal.’ …The trains carrying coal to power plants are death trains. Coal-fired power plants are factories of death. — James Hansen

On June 23, 1988, NASA scientist James Hansen testified to Congress stating the greenhouse effect had been detected, indicating that the climate was in fact changing.

Hansen was also arrested on this day in 2009 during a protest against mountaintop removal mining at Massey Energy Company.

Here are resources for teaching about coal and climate justice.



THIS MONTH IN HISTORYJune 2010: Haitian Farmers Burn “Gift” of Monsanto Seeds

#ThisMonthinHistory June, 2010: Not long after the devastating 2010 earthquake, farmers in Haiti burned 400 tons of Monsanto “gift” seeds in a protest led by groups affiliated with La Via Campesina. Why? Read ⬇️ and find a free classroom lesson on La Via Campesina.

Opinion by Thomas C. Pedroni: Whitmer misguided in Benton Harbor crisis

Benton Harbor High School students gather in front of the high school in Benton Harbor, Mich., Tuesday, June 11, 2019, during an annual Peace Walk held at the end of the school year.  A southwestern Michigan school board has released a plan aimed at keeping the district's high school open and avoiding a state-threatened shutdown of the struggling district.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is in over her head in Benton Harbor Area Schools. Suddenly, though, our fledgling governor is waking up to the reality that she is alienating the very demographic — black and progressive voters — who just seven months ago propelled her to the state’s highest office.

Earlier this month community educational advocates from predominately black districts across the state gathered in Benton Harbor to express support for the district’s families, encouraging the BHAS elected board to remain steadfast in its refusal to endorse the governor’s “proposal.” They highlighted the harm inflicted by previous state strong-arming in Inkster, Buena Vista, Highland Park, Muskegon Heights, Saginaw, Detroit and Albion. Many reserved special animus for a governor who had campaigned on a promise to buoy education and protect local communities from the type of state meddling engaged in by her gubernatorial predecessors.


Why is Common Core’s Phonics Missing in Reading and Dyslexia Discussions?

by Nancy Bailey

Those who claim teachers and their education schools have focused on the wrong way to teach reading never mention Common Core State Standards. But, since 2010, Common Core has figured prominently in the reading curriculum teachers have been forced to teach. If students are showing increased reading problems, shouldn’t the English Language Arts standards be […]

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