Address to WSU Board of Governors 9/23

(author – Fran Shor; posted by Art Myatt)

Thank you for the opportunity to address this body. My name is Francis Shor and I am an Emeritus Professor in History at WSU. During my forty years as a faculty member here, I believe I only addressed the Board once – in 2007 when it was considering eliminating the special degree-granting program for working adults in which I taught. Unfortunately, the Board ratified, by a 6-2 vote, the very shortsighted proposal of the Administration. In the immediate aftermath, the university began losing students, ours included, and became a less accessible institution of higher learning for working adults and, also, African-Americans who had constituted a majority of students in our program and who we graduated at a much higher percentage than their younger cohorts in the traditional undergraduate programs at WSU.

However, I am not here to rehash an old mistake, but to address what is potentially a new mistake, albeit on the surface not as consequential. Continue reading

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Shortchanging Michigan Adult Students

Written by Fran Shor
Posted here by Art Myatt
The September 2016 Michigan League for Public Policy report on postsecondary education in the state highlights the abysmal lack of support for adult students by the Michigan Legislature. After terminating several funding opportunities for adult learners in 2010, the state continues to exclude financial aid for those adults who have been out of high school for more than 10 years. Especially hard hit are low-income adult students who may have to contend with family responsibilities while attending college on a part-time basis.

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Why Jill Stein Has My Vote

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I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the event mentioned in the image above. Two highlights for the day – accidentally got to met Green Party VP Candidate Ajamu Braka back stage when I went out to get some stuff out of the car and we got to hear Jill Stein’s stump speech live and direct.

Some people will vote for Jill because of her New Green Deal plan which involves a massive national effort a la FDR’s New Deal in which we will not only make a massive shift toward renewable energy in the US, but also employ lots of people doing so. Sure, I like that.

Some people will vote for Jill because she believe WATER IS A HUMAN right and she will do everything in her power to protect and preserve what we have as well as make fresh, safe drinking water available to everyone. Yup, I gotta agree with this.

Others find her plan to slash military spending in half and use that money to help forgive student debt and pay for college tuition for those who want to attend college. That is certainly an admirable position.

Those people who have been crushed by medical debt will not doubt support her promise to provide single payer health care – health insurance for ALL – to the only developed nation on the planet that does not year have it. I can get behind this since I am still paying for cancer treatment I received in 2012.

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Jill Stein & Ajamu Baraka in Detroit.

Her promise to end our failed War on Drugs will no doubt resonate with thousands of people from all walks of life and all political persuasions. Works for me.

Her rejection of Political Action Committee bucks and her refusal to take Corporate Money in her campaign speaks volumes to Bernie Sanders supporters and to anyone smart enough to decry the ridiculous influence of money in politics. Amen, sister!

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All Green Party Candidates are PAC Free!

All of those reasons are great. Jill’s vision that ALL of us are interconnected and of equal importance is music to my ears. Speaking of music – now we are getting to the one thing Jill did in Detroit that sealed my vote – She jammed on the congas with a stage full of Detroit’s most talented musicians.

Way to go Jill – you got me!

Click Here to See Jill Play the Congas!

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Meet Sherry A Wells – Green Party Candidate for State Board of Education

Sherry Collage

Here is some good news for the entire state of Michigan – we can all cast a vote for Sherry A. Wells to be on the State Board of Education.

If ever there was someone who understands and lives the Four Pillars of the Green Party, it is Sherry A Wells.

If ever there was someone who has given years of volunteer service to countless organizations to help make Michigan and the world in general a better place, that person would have to be Sherry A Wells. (I would list her various involvements here, but you might think I was exaggerating .)

She has been well educated in Michigan – Sherry earned a BA in K-8 Education from MSU and topped that off with a Law Degree from Wayne State.

You take a closer look at Sherry here on her Facebook page.

If ever there was someone who BELONGS on the Michigan Board of Education – it is Sherry A Wells. Please support her campaign and tell ALL of your friends who share a concern for the direction of education in Michigan to vote for her as well.

The Green Way Forward

Disclaimer: These words are written to myself as well as my fellow Greens.

Warning: It could get a little sappy in the next paragraph or three.

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Election Day is right around the corner. Things are heating up even hotter than in previous weeks. I am writing this to encourage all of us Green Folk to take the high road in our daily conversations and especially on social media.

Rather than sharing the latest meme that PROVES what a bombastic liar he is or DEMONSTRATES what an election stealer she is, we need to concentrate our efforts on making sure people know that there is an alternative.

We need to show them The Green Way Forward.

I remind myself of this, and encourage you to do the same, for two reasons. One is practical and one is a little more on the mystical side. On the hippy-dippy side, we need to be the sunshine in these dark times. There are enough people spreading enough blood-pressure raising hoo hah when it comes to politics. We need to rise above the temptation to share the latest piece of news PROVING how screwed up our political system is – be it on a national, state, or even local level. Instead, we need to keep beating the drum that there is a better way – a more inclusive, power-to-the-people way: The Green Way Forward.

On a practical level – do we really thing ANYTHING we say or post or re-post is going to convince the hard core Donkeys or Elephants to change? Ain’t gonna happen. If they cannot see the handwriting on the wall at this point, for us to keep pointing it out really boils down to Preaching To The Choir. (Remember, I am directing this at myself first – I love sharing evidence at how broken Michigan politics are. By writing this piece, I am going to have to shape up my own game or be held accountable – hoisted by my own petard as it were.)

So, how about for the last 60 days or so leading to Election Day we pour on the Positive Message the Green Party has to offer. If you see an article you would be tempted to share to PROVE (y)our point, maybe just post something in the comments about how Green candidates would turn that situation around. How the Green Way Forward is unlike anything we experience in politics today. Let’s get all ju-jitsu up in there and take the negative energy of those kinds of news reports or posts and toss them over our hips with a thrust of positive force and turn that negative energy into The Green Way Forward.

Jill Stein is NOT anti-vaccine use.

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Having encountered this rumor from a college student, I thought we might address here.

Rather than argue the point, I will refer readers to Snopes.com. They are certainly non-partisan when it comes to de-bunking or proving internet “truths” such as this one.

Snopes gives it a “False”. They even went so far as to contact Dr. Stein via Twitter and Jill answered with this: “As a medical doctor of course I support vaccinations. I have a problem with the FDA being controlled by drug companies.”

Here is the Snopes like so you can read it yourself: Jill Stein on Vaccines

Forfeiting the Future at Wayne State and other Michigan Public Universities

Fran Shor

In 2007 the Wayne State Board of Governors (BoG), at the behest of a shortsighted Administration, terminated the one department at WSU dedicated to an “open admissions” policy for working adults wishing to pursue a degree. Of the six Democrats on the BoG, four of them (including one white male union official), as well as the two Republicans, voted with the Administration, ending an internationally recognized program that began in 1973.

This disastrous decision not only shut off welcoming access to WSU for working adults, but also added to the downward spiral of student enrollment. Moreover, given WSU’s notoriously poor graduation rate for African-American students, to end a department that graduated African-American working adult students (majority women) at a much higher percentage seemed prejudicial and perverse. Also, at a time when there was a growing demand for a more educated work force, such a move seemed especially blinkered. Continue reading