Universal Declaration of Linguistic Rights

Unesco has posted the text with a brief historical account.
the Preamble declares:
“[T]his Declaration takes language communities and not states as its point of departure and is to be viewed in the context of the reinforcement of international institutions capable of guaranteeing sustainable and equitable development for the whole of humanity. For these reasons also it aims to encourage the creation of a political framework for linguistic diversity based upon respect, harmonious coexistence and mutual benefit.

income inequality and presidential elections

Here’s some info on income inequality and political representation in the U.S. and some correlations with partisan politics (from a presentation by Chris in Labor Studies).
Compiled from the 2004-2005 edition of The State of Working America:
“1. Income in 2000 was slightly less concentrated among the top 1% than in 1929. This means, in 2000, the top 1% held 21.7% of the total income and in 1929, the top 1% held 22.5%.
2. The income of the bottom fifth of the American population grew at 6.4% from 1979-2000, while the top 1/5 grew 70% and the top 1% of America achieved real income gains of 184% since 1979.
3. In 1979, the top 1/5 of American population had an average income 8.4 times that of the bottom. By 2001, the top fifth had an average income 12.3 times that of the bottom.
4. In 1979, the top 1% had an average income 33.1 times that of the bottom fifth of the American public. By 2001, the elite of America had an avg. income 70.5 times that of the bottom.”

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Eyewitness Account – Katrina

This is a letter from a tourist who didn’t make it out of New Orleans. He wrote this to his mother; it was then sent on to friends and Ira posted it to the social justice listserv at UMass. Thanks.
Another letter was written by emergency medical personnel who were in New Orleans for a conference.
Also, a link to teaching resources.