For this weekend’s reading list, we have articles on the NRA’s threat to our society, Energy Secretary Steven Chu’s retirement letter, why teacher’s evaluations shouldn’t be tied to standardized testing of students, Iceland’s economic recovery, and arrests of pregnant women under laws restricting reproductive freedom.
The NRA vs. America – a report on how the NRA undermines gun safety regulations and helps increase the accessibility of military-style assault weapons to killers.
Letter from Secretary Steven Chu to Energy Department Employees - Departing Energy Secretary Steven Chu’s letter announcing his resignation highlights the significant progress we’ve made on renewable energy over the past four years, and sets forth a strong call for action on climate change.
Holding Education Hostage - an explanation of why the New York City teacher’s union is right to refuse to give in to Mayor Bloomberg’s proposal to tie teacher evaluations to the results of increased standardized testing of students.
With New Constitution, Post-Collapse Iceland Inches Towards Direct Democracy – a look at how Iceland’s reaction to the 2008 economic collapse and proposed new constitution are moving Iceland towards a government and economy of, by, and for the people, but that such developments continue to be threatened by conservative and corporate interests.
Arrests of and Forced Interventions on Pregnant Women in the United States – an accounting of at least 413 cases where pregnant women have, because of their pregnancy, been subject to criminal charges or other limits on their personal liberty under state laws intended to restrict reproductive freedom.