WBEZ | boycott http://www.wbez.org/tags/boycott Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Test protest: Chicago teachers say they'll refuse to give ISAT http://www.wbez.org/news/test-protest-chicago-teachers-say-theyll-refuse-give-isat-109772 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/flickr-by reallyboring saucedo.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Protesting what they say is too much standardized testing in schools, teachers at Saucedo Scholastic Academy declared Tuesday they will refuse to administer the state-mandated Illinois Standards Achievement Tests that are scheduled to begin next week.</p><p>&ldquo;This has been building. We&rsquo;ve been discussing this for a long time, and we finally said enough is enough,&rdquo; special education teacher Sarah Chambers told reporters at a frigid Tuesday afternoon news conference outside the school, where she was joined by fellow teachers, supportive parents and students, and&nbsp; Chicago Teachers Union officials.</p><p>Chambers said &ldquo;about 40&rdquo; Saucedo teachers scheduled to administer the ISAT voted in a secret ballot referendum Tuesday morning to boycott the test, and &ldquo;every teacher voted to refuse to give the test&mdash;100 percent. Unanimous,&rdquo; she said.</p><p>The action could cost Saucedo teachers their jobs.</p><p>The teacher boycott is a new development in a growing backlash against testing in Chicago public schools&mdash;most of it led by parents up to now.</p><p>The ISAT has become a target this year because it&rsquo;s being phased out. In Chicago&mdash;where the exam usually carries especially high stakes&mdash; scores won&rsquo;t count for school or teacher ratings, student promotions, or admission to selective schools.&nbsp;</p><p>Teachers at Saucedo say they were bolstered by the 320 parents at the school who have yanked their kids from the test. Jason Reese is one of them. His seventh-grade daughter sat in the passenger seat of the family&rsquo;s minivan at dismissal, reading her second novel of the week. Reese says he opted his children out of the ISAT because &ldquo;they&rsquo;re constantly taking tests over and over again. They need to get more instruction in the classroom as opposed to being tested for everything that they do.&rdquo;</p><p>The parent group &ldquo;More than a Score&rdquo; has encouraged parents to have their kids skip the test. The group says parents at 38 different schools have opted their children out so far. The &ldquo;CORE&rdquo; caucus within the teachers union, which currently controls the union, has also been running a campaign to encourage parents to opt their children out.</p><p>But the district has defended the exam. Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett has sent letters home to parents asking them not to pull their children out of the test. It will &ldquo;help teachers tailor instructional planning for the following year,&rdquo; the district said in an emailed statement. The test will also give them a taste of questions aligned to the state&#39;s new &ldquo;Common Core&rdquo; curriculum.</p><p>The Illinois State Board of Education believes this is the first time a group of teachers has refused to give the state-mandated exams. A Seattle high school gained national attention last year when teachers there refused to give a standardized test. In late 2002, teachers at Curie Metropolitan High School in Chicago said they would refuse to give a district-mandated exam that was unpopular with teachers, the Chicago Academic Standards Exam. CPS eventually ditched it.</p><p>Teachers union vice president Jesse Sharkey called the Saucedo teachers &ldquo;courageous&rdquo; and &ldquo;principled&rdquo; and said he hopes more schools follow suit in the coming days. The union said it would &ldquo;strongly defend&rdquo; Saucedo teachers from any discipline, which Sharkey admitted could include dismissal, though he said it would be &ldquo;absurd&rdquo; for the district to fire teachers &ldquo;for insisting on the right to teach&mdash;which is what they&rsquo;re really doing.&rdquo;</p><p>The union has opposed the widening use of student standardized testing in the district; some of that testing helps determine teachers&rsquo; performance ratings.</p><p>In a statement, CPS said &quot;district employees that fail to execute their job responsibilities face appropriate disciplinary actions.&rdquo;</p></p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 05:30:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/test-protest-chicago-teachers-say-theyll-refuse-give-isat-109772 The pointless boycott http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2012-12/pointless-boycott-104561 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/5101399_62ae450468.jpg" style="float: right; height: 400px; width: 300px;" title="Flickr/Tiger Mask" /><span id="internal-source-marker_0.7611763020019411">I used to date a guy who absolutely, positively would </span>not shop at The Gap. He simply thought it was evil, to the point that if we were shopping together and I wanted to pop in, he would wait outside the entire time. I found this boycott pretty dumb considering that he did patronize Banana Republic and Old Navy (all part of the same company), but he held firm. The Gap was bad for reasons he could not articulate and he would not shop there.</div><p><br />We broke up (unrelated to this) and now I am married to a man who feels similarly about McDonald&rsquo;s. No real explanation why &mdash; he will eat at Arby&rsquo;s, Burger King, Wendy&rsquo;s, any old fast food crap out there when the time calls for it &mdash; but not Micky D&rsquo;s, and, like with the other guy, has no particular explanation why. This perturbs me as sometimes (especially in the morning) I think McDonald&rsquo;s is the only option. Last summer we went on a road trip and were about to make separate fast food lunch runs: me to McDonald&rsquo;s, him to Subway (which I boycott myself but for a very good reason: the food has a bland taste in my mouth when I eat it) when we compromised on Sonic and neither of us was happy.<br /><br />But I am not immune to the steadfastness of the pointless boycott. Last week I asked a girlfriend what she had on her Christmas list, and she said she was hoping to receive some clothes from Lululemon, the ladies&rsquo; workout gear store.<br /><br />&ldquo;I don&rsquo;t shop there,&rdquo; I said. &ldquo;And I don&rsquo;t really have a good reason for it.&rdquo;<br /><br />&ldquo;I know why,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s the symbolic clothing of rich stay-at-home moms who have extra money to blow on designer exercise clothing.&quot; Which was kind of a sick burn aimed at herself.<br /><br />&ldquo;Not really,&rdquo; I said.</p><p>It&rsquo;s not as deep as that, and if it were, I wouldn&rsquo;t diss my friend like that by saying I thought she looked like an idle jerk. I happen to like workout clothes from Nordstrom and a company called Athleta (owned by the evil Gap) and they&rsquo;re really no different that I can tell from Lululemon. It&rsquo;s just that I have decided that this is going to be the one, really stupid and specific way I will resist a particular lady clothing tide. It&rsquo;s not them or their corporate practices or their clientele or their product; it&rsquo;s me. I am somehow different and unique this way. A special snowflake, you know?<br /><br />So, what have you got? What are companies that you refuse to patronize for no good reason?</p></p> Wed, 26 Dec 2012 09:19:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2012-12/pointless-boycott-104561 Bakery owner apologizes for ‘Humboldt Crack’ http://www.wbez.org/story/bakery-owner-apologizes-%E2%80%98humboldt-crack%E2%80%99-96679 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2012-February/2012-02-23/Tipsycake.JPG" alt="" /><p><p><img alt="Protest" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2012-February/2012-02-23/Tipsycake.JPG" style="margin: 9px 18px 6px 1px; float: left; width: 346px; height: 306px;" title="A protest hits the bakery’s Humboldt Park facility Thursday afternoon. (WBEZ/Chip Mitchell)">Facing a boycott backed by two Chicago aldermen, a Northwest Side bakery owner on Thursday afternoon apologized for comments some Puerto Ricans had called racist.</p><p>TipsyCake proprietor Naomi Levine posted the <a href="http://www.facebook.com/TipsyCakeChicago/posts/10150671283345845">apology on Facebook</a>, calling the comments “insensitive” and acknowledging she “never took any time to develop a real understanding of the very community and the history of the people that I have had the fortune of living among for the past six years.”</p><p>Levine moved her business into a Humboldt Park storefront, 1043 N. California Ave., in 2006. Her baking facilities remain there but last year she moved the retail shop to 1944 N. Damen Ave. The shop stands in the middle of Bucktown, a higher-rent neighborhood.</p><p>Explaining the move <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IbPbeCcHs2c&amp;feature=youtu.be">on a local Internet show</a> this month, Levine laughed about Humboldt Park gunshots. “We really wanted Bucktown for a location as opposed to the Humboldt Park [shop],” she said on the show, “so that [we could have] any type of client, not feeling nervous.”</p><p>Levine also told the host about a pastry she had nicknamed “Humboldt Crack” because “the cops would knock on the door and ask to taste the crack.”</p><p>The interview went viral and sparked outrage.</p><p>“You’re making an attack on a community that I personally have worked so hard to sustain,” said Juanita García, who helps run an alternative high school in the neighborhood. “I’m choosing to raise my child in this community.”</p><p>On Thursday afternoon, Alds. Roberto Maldonado (26th Ward) and Proco Joe Moreno (1st) blasted Levine and called on community members to make their bakery purchases elsewhere.</p><p>García praised Levine for apologizing but said she couldn’t call off the boycott on her own. She said she would speak with other neighborhood activists about it.</p><p>Levine did not return calls from WBEZ.</p></p> Fri, 24 Feb 2012 00:08:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/bakery-owner-apologizes-%E2%80%98humboldt-crack%E2%80%99-96679 A day in the life of the Zapatistas http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-02/day-life-zapatistas-89984 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-August/2011-08-02/zapatista photo.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>In 1994, the Zapatista Army of National Liberation staged a rebellion in the Mexican state of Chiapas. These indigenous peasants said they were fighting for equality and against exploitation. The Zapatistas were driven back into the jungle, but they still exist in autonomous, self-governing settlements that boycott the Mexican government.</p><p>The World Vision Report's correspondent in Mexico, Grant Fuller, got permission from Zapatista leaders to spend a day in one of their settlements.</p><p><em>This story originally aired on the </em><a href="http://www.worldvisionreport.org/" target="_blank">World Vision Report</a><em> and is provided by the <a href="http://www.prx.org/pieces/55831-a-day-in-the-life-of-the-zapatistas#description" target="_blank">Public Radio Exchange</a>.</em></p></p> Tue, 02 Aug 2011 16:21:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-02/day-life-zapatistas-89984