Bob Simpson

Bob Simpson
Oak Park, Illinois, United States
August 05
Retired history teacher and former web production guy
Webtrax Studio
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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"Imagine what a community would look like that you and your children deserve and what are you willing to do to bring that to fruition."----
-Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) activist Tara Stamps

Chicago Teachers Union(CTU) activist and West Side resident Tara Stamps repeated variations of that phras…

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The night the 1954 Brown decision to desegregate schools was announced, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund threw a party. Future Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, who had worked on the case was reported to have said this, ‘You fools go ahead and have your fun, but we ain't begun to workRead full post »
“I am here to remind America that it is a crime to live in this great nation and to receive starvation wages. At McDonalds $8.25 an hour, what I make is about $400 every two weeks. With that salary I have to choose between rent and food. Rent and light...but this… Read full post »

The Chicago Public Schools (CPS) leadership is doing exactly the opposite of what both community activists and researchers have shown to be the most effective ways of improving public schools. School "turnarounds" are a racist privatization scheme damaging to quality education.

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“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


“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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