Bob Simpson

Bob Simpson
Location
Oak Park, Illinois, United States
Birthday
August 05
Title
Retired history teacher and former web production guy
Company
Webtrax Studio
Bio
So who is this guy? Well, my name is Bob “Bobbo” Simpson.I am a retired teacher and former web production guy. I am also 1/2 of the Carol Simpson labor cartoon team.

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Salon.com

“Exploited without regard to their tender years, countless youngsters were working under conditions constantly fraught with danger to life and limb…The blight of child labor was widely prevalent, in dust-laden textile mills and pitch-black coal mines, in sweltering glass factories and fe

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“Standardized testing encourages rigid scripted teach-to-the-test curricula devoid of educational exploration. The human element that makes great teaching and engaged learning is ruthlessly crushed like so much scrap metal in a junkyard compactor. No student was ever motivated to become an

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FEBRUARY 21, 2014 8:29PM

Of Nightmares and Watersheds

“If gold has been prized because it is the most inert element, changeless and incorruptible, water is prized for the opposite reason -- its fluidity, mobility, changeability that make it a necessity and a metaphor for life itself. To value gold over water is to value economy over ecology, thatRead full post »

The massive school closings that have been part of CPS’s  broader strategy dating back to the 1990s have drastic consequences: they tear apart school communities, disrupt deep and strong relationships between students, parents, and teachers, and dismantle organizations which are of

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“When Snarf’s workers are under attack, what do we do? Stand up fight back!”

"When the working class is under attack? What do we do? Stand up fight back"

The chants rang out at noon on January 8 2014 in the… Read full post »

Workers at a Snarf’s Sandwiches, located inside of the Groupon Building on  Chicago's North Side, received a nasty surprise on the night of December 22.  Based on an e-mail they received, they logged into the online scheduling website only to find that Snarf’s was closing f… Read full post »

As mountain ranges go, the Scottish Highlands are not very high. None of its mountains top more than 4409 ft (1344m). In contrast Mt. Mitchell in the southern Appalachians is 6,684 feet (2,037m). Denali in Alaska is 20,320 feet (6,194m) and Everest in Nepal is 29,029 (8,848m).

Yet because o… Read full post »

DECEMBER 12, 2013 8:43PM

A Chicagoland Black Friday Diary

It was a cold clear Chicagoland morning with a sharply defined crescent moon hanging above the apartment complex in front of my Oak Park IL home. It was November 29th. Black Friday. A day devoted to mass consumption and mass hysteria in malls and shopping centers across the nation.

I turned on… Read full post »

DECEMBER 10, 2013 6:24AM

Fight for $15: The New War on Poverty

“Poverty is not an accident. Like slavery and apartheid, it is man-made and can be removed by the actions of human beings.”-- Nelson Mandela

The USA has a new War on Poverty, but this one is not led by a US president, but by the low wage workers of this country.… Read full post »

DECEMBER 3, 2013 10:39PM

A Child’s Paradise Lost

Tree

“Every tree has its enemy, few have an advocate. In all my works I take the part of trees against all their enemies”.---- J.R.R. Tolkien

It was the largest tree my seven year old eyes had ever seen. Stately thick limbs spreading out into a huge leaf canopy that seemed… Read full post »

"I'm proud that this Neighborhood Schools Fair came from neighborhood parents--- from neighborhood moms. And that they invited people from all over the city to be involved."--- Kim Bowsky, Chicago Public Schools teacher

You might not associate colorful balloons and a room full of school displays wi… Read full post »

I was 4 chapters into the George Pelecanos crime fiction novel The Turnaround when a sudden chill ran down my spine. Omigod, this is the story of the Ken-Gar 5. I had to put the book down as my mind traveled to 1972 Kensington, Maryland where an ugly racial incident ended/… Read full post »

There is a Perfect Storm engulfing the biosphere, the convergence of  neo-liberalism, climate change and militarism. It is  many times more devastating then the one of book and movie fame.

In October of 1991 a confluence of powerful weather systems created a monster storm in the cold waters… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 12, 2013 2:04AM

Is Fight for $15 making unions cool again?

"I think what's very amazing about this campaign and what a lot of people have not really talked about is that it is making the union movement cool again."---Lorraine Chavez of Fight for $15

It was a warm late August afternoon when I got to Federal Plaza in Chicago for the… Read full post »

“What’s disgusting? Unionbusting! What’s outrageous? Poverty wages!”---a chant often heard at Fight for $15 actions

Sometimes heroes come dressed in company uniforms: perhaps MacDonald’s, or maybe Subway, Wendy’s, Mrs. Fields or those Whole Foods distinctive black… Read full post »

"Since 2001, defendants have carried out school closings so as to contribute to a form of racial and economic segregation, as destructive as older forms of intentional racial segregation."--- McDaniel v. Board of Education of Chicago 

The lawsuit goes to trial this week: Tuesday at 10:00am until
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"The right to the city is far more than the individual liberty to access urban resources: it is a right to change ourselves by changing the city. It is, moreover, a common rather than an individual right since this transformation inevitably depends upon the exercise of a collective power to reshapeRead full post »

Editor’s Pick
MAY 8, 2013 10:08AM

Why is Corporate 
America inciting violence in Chicago?

“At times like this when CPS [Chicago Public Schools] is making an attempt to close the most schools at one time in the nation, I don’t think you need another Columbine or Connecticut or another suicide because of bullying.”  Sherise McDaniel, Chicago Public School parent
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A cacophony of young voices competed with the low whistle of a cold wind on a gray Chicago spring day as children skipped down the sidewalk in front of Pope Elementary. The school is located across from Douglas Park on Chicago’s West Side in the North Lawndale community. It is also… Read full post »

APRIL 20, 2013 7:42AM

The Lost Woods of Rachel Carson

Rachel Carson

“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature -- the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.” Rachel

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“Closing 50 of our neighborhood schools is outrageous and no society that claims to care anything about its children can sit back and allow this to happen to them. There is no way people of conscience will stand by and allow these people to shut down

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There are no barbed wire adorned border walls. You won’t see unsmiling heavily armed solders toting automatic weapons as you wait nervously in a long line for clearance to cross over. You won’t have to show a passport or have your car torn apart during a search for weapons… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
FEBRUARY 21, 2013 10:03PM

My old neighborhood is now multi-racial. At last.

The old neighborhood is the one people moved away from long ago, some with a firm grasp on its bygone realities, but for others their warmed over memories are coated with a gooey nostalgia. Not that there is any thing wrong with an occasional indulgence in mental cotton candy,… Read full post »

“Listening to person after person eloquently, yet desperately, plead for their schools not to be closed during the Austin-North Lawndale Network school utilization hearing on Jan. 31 brought forth, to my mind, heart-wrenching images of our enslaved African-American ancestors pleading for their

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It was a cold clear Saturday morning on a late December day when I got off the CTA Green Line and walked toward the St. James Cathedral to join with members of the Workers Organizing Committee of Chicago (WOCC). WOCC was planning march and sit-in to demand a living wage of… Read full post »