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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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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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 »

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OCTOBER 26, 2012 11:04AM

Chicago in the 1960s: Black teachers revolt against racism

Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) organizer Brandon Johnson, who is a black man, recently spoke about a conversation he had with veteran black educator Dr. Grady Jordan about racism in the schools today. Jordan told him, “Black teachers fought hard. This is a direct retaliation to what we built inRead full post »

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OCTOBER 2, 2012 2:33PM

7 days that shook the Windy City: Chicago's teacher strike

"The CTU is teaching the USA a lesson in working class love and solidarity. It’s a transformational moment for the membership of the CTU and its allies. How can they transform the horn honks, the raised fists, the friendly waves and the kind words of encouragementRead full post »
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JULY 24, 2012 5:30AM

Corporate America wants inexperienced teachers in schools

It's true! The big money people want to put the rookie squad into our classrooms. Corporate funded attacks on public education and teachers’ unions have portrayed higher paid, more experienced teachers as the villains of the current financial crisis. It’s good-bye, Mr. Chips and sayonar… Read full post »

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JUNE 11, 2012 7:15AM

Big Banks Slam the Brakes on Public Transit


Dale Burnett stood in the lobby of a Chase bank in downtown Chicago the morning of June 7 and explained why Chase and other big banks need to stop gouging millions from the city’s public transit system. A home care worker who cannot afford a car, Burnett’s job… Read full post »

Seniors, people with disabilities and health care workers blocked the front entrance to the Chicago Mercantile Exchange(CME) on Wednesday May 23 at around 9:30 am, as well the adjacent Jackson and LaSalle Streets. Police moved in about half an hour later and ordered people to clear the streets or fac… Read full post »

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MAY 16, 2012 5:54AM

Caterpillar Machinists Strike Enters Third Week

"Caterpillar has work plans, processes, policies and people ready to be deployed in the event of any business interruption, whether it is a tornado, fire or a strike."---Caterpillar spokesperson Rusty Dunn: April 30, 2012

Thanks for nothing, Rusty Dunn. You just equated 780 striking Caterpillar worke… Read full post »

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APRIL 18, 2012 3:54PM

Occupy Mental Health! Save the Chicago Clinics

  “What sane person could live in this world and not be crazy?---Ursula K. Le Guin

While riding the Blue Line downtown to the April 16 Monday morning press conference by Chicago’s Mental Health Movement, I couldn’t help but reflect on Mayor Rahm’s Emanuel&Read full post »

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APRIL 9, 2012 10:18PM

Busted by an Alabama State Trooper------in Maryland?

 My petty crime arrest story...

For George Corley Wallace, his 1972 Presidential campaign swing through Maryland was one seriously bad trip. He was met by riots in Hagerstown and Frederick, by loud counter demonstrations at Wheaton Plaza and Capital Plaza near DC and was seriously wounded by &nbRead full post »

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APRIL 5, 2012 3:18PM

Occupy Transit! Transit Workers & Occupy Movement Team Up

Calling mass transit “a genuine civil rights issue,” the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU), which represents transit workers across the nation, joined with the Occupy Movement, community organizations and transit riders to demand a revitalization of our transit systems. Citing suc/… Read full post »

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APRIL 4, 2012 1:13AM

April 4: A Shot Rings Out 'Cross the Memphis Sky

April 4 always brings back the same memories for me. They come for a while and they force me to reflect on what kind of country we live in: how much has changed and how little has changed. I wrote a version of this in 2008 but I edited and rewroteRead full post »

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MARCH 12, 2012 12:15AM

The War Against Economic Recovery

Phillip WilsonPhillip Wilson is a foot soldier in the war against our economy recovery. It’s not a one man war, Wilson has help from politicians like Wisconsin’s Scott Walker(Republican) and Chicago’s Rahm Emanuel(Democrat), from powerful corporate leaders like the Koch Brothers and the Pr… Read full post »
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MARCH 1, 2012 10:23AM

Dr. Beatrice Tucker: Home Birth for Chicago's Working Class

“In the hospital you’re on duty for 8 hours and if you get into trouble they’ll come and help you out. If you’re out in the district, you know, you sit there for 24 hours if they’re in labor and you really learn about labor. You learn all the physiology of… Read full post »
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FEBRUARY 15, 2012 10:11AM

America’s Ports: The Place Where Old Trucks Go To Die

Aynalem Moba doesn’t want to kill anyone. He doesn’t want to injure anyone. He certainly doesn’t want to poison anyone. No, he is not a draftee in a horrible war he doesn’t believe in. He is an American truck driver who drives loads at the Port of Seattle.

“Every day, I… Read full post »
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FEBRUARY 10, 2012 2:11PM

Alice Peurala: A Woman of Steel

Alice Puerala

 “They’re telling workers they’ve got to step back and do with less. What does that mean? Not having a car? Not being able to make the payments on their house? Not being able to send their kids to college? Not having any money for recreation? I thought that what’sRead full post »

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JANUARY 19, 2012 7:35PM

A Stroll Through My Old (Formerly Segregated) Neighborhood

I was born in Washington DC and was a baby and toddler at 14th and Clifton NW in the Columbia Heights community. We eventually moved out of inner city DC into the working class Glenmont area of suburban Maryland. I stayed there from 1951-1961. Not long ago, I walked through myRead full post »

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JANUARY 16, 2012 5:13PM

GOP Economics: Failure Is Not An Option. It's a Requirement.

 GOP Economics


Republicans are very good at confusing people about the economy. Our economic problems are variously blamed on immigrants, blacks, liberals, environmentalists, unions, China, Democrats, women, government regulation or whatever else is the GOP flavor of the week. Conspicuously abs… Read full post »

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JANUARY 6, 2012 8:21AM

A Better Class of Criminal

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In the  Batman film, The Dark Knight, arch-villain The Joker blows up the Gotham City Hospital which disappears into a fireball of smoke and flames. Most film goers probably didn’t realize that this was not a model or a computer generated image. The film crew actually exploded/

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DECEMBER 31, 2011 11:55AM

Maryland in the Days of Jim Crow

As a kid and well into my college years, going to YMCA Camp Letts near the Chesapeake Bay was one of my central life experiences. One of those experiences was confronting Dixie style segregation.

YMCA Camp Letts sits at the end of a peninsula jutting out into the Rhode River near… Read full post »

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DECEMBER 16, 2011 3:08PM

“No Poor Man Ever Gave Me A Job”

“No poor man ever gave me a job.” How many times have you heard that one?  Sadly, these words are often spoken by a working class person who should know better. It’s always said with a self-satisfied sneer, sometimes accompanied by some racial or gender slurs.  Maybe you&rRead full post »

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DECEMBER 14, 2011 4:24PM

Occupy Woolworth's: A Labor Story from the Great Depression

“Get up, stand up: stand up for your rights!  Get up, stand up: don’t give up the fight!”—-Bob Marley

Strike The legendary reggae artist Bob Marley gave us some good advice. There are times when people do have to stand up for their rights. But there are also other t… Read full post »