Plaid Cymru’s manifesto promises independence referendum and ‘the most radical programme since 1945’

A referendum on Welsh independence will be held by 2026 if Plaid Cymru forms the next government in Cardiff Bay. In its manifesto for the May 6 Senedd elections, Plaid promised to implement the most radical programme since the 1945 Labour government. The manifesto promises that a Plaid first minister “will let the people of Wales, not Westminster, decide on our future” within the next five years. We’ll give every child in Wales the best start in life by… 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿Extending free school meals to all primary pupils 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿Investing in 4,500 extra teachers and support staff 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿Providing free childcare from 24 months#VoteForWales pic.twitter.com/RxzmtFF91y — Plaid Cymru 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 (@Plaid_Cymru) April…

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Robin D.G. Kelley: Amazon Union Drive Builds on Decades of Black Radical Labor Activism in Alabama

As thousands of Amazon workers in Bessemer, Alabama, decide whether to form the company’s first union, historian Robin D.G. Kelley says it could be a watershed moment for labor organizing in the United States. “This is definitely the most significant labor struggle of the 21st century, no doubt,” he says. “The South has been the epicenter of the country’s most radical democratic movements, which is why it’s completely unsurprising that Bessemer, Alabama, would be the place where you’d have a renewed labor movement.” Source link

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How the NRA’s Radical Anti-Gun Control Ideology Became GOP Dogma & Still Warps Debate

The massacre in a Boulder grocery store came just after a Colorado judge ruled in favor of the National Rifle Association’s challenge to the city’s ban on assault weapons, which was passed in 2018 after this type of weapon was used in the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida. Despite increasingly regular mass shootings, the NRA has pushed for expanded gun rights since the 1970s and insisted that more guns, not fewer, would prevent gun deaths. “The NRA’s ideology is something that they’ve convinced the overwhelming majority of elected officials in the GOP, especially on the national level, to believe,” says investigative journalist Frank Smyth, author of “The NRA:…

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Too Radical for Harvard? Cornel West on Failed Fight for Tenure, Biden’s First 50 Days & More

The prominent scholar and activist Cornel West has announced he is leaving Harvard Divinity School after he was denied consideration for tenure, and will rejoin the faculty of Union Theological Seminary in New York City, where he started his teaching career more than 40 years ago. West had left Harvard once before in 2002 and returned to a nontenured position at Harvard in 2017. The news about the denial of West’s request for tenure has led to an outpouring of support and incited conversation about diversity in academia. “There’s too much Harvard dishonesty, too much Harvard hypocrisy, in terms of mistreating too many Black folk at high levels,”…

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EU / UK Vaccine spat highlights the need for a ‘radical shake-up in the way vaccines are produced’

The European Medicines Agency plans to deliver its verdict on the Oxford/AstraZeneca Coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccine on 29 January. But Brussels could also announce powers that would block the shipment of millions of vaccine doses to Britain within days. The European Commission (EC) is considering an export ban in a bid to solve its vaccine supply shortage issues. Member states were forced to pause or delay rollout, after AstraZeneca – which aims to supply two million doses per week to the UK – allegedly told the EC that only a quarter of the 100 million doses it was expecting by March were likely to be delivered. Preventing the export…

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Secret Teacher | It’s time for a radical approach to free school meals

One educational issue has lodged inside the brains of the nation over the last few weeks: free school meals. Opposition In the absence of a decent Labour Party (Keir Starmer has shown his disrespect for our profession by consistently refusing to back us up over his tenure), Marcus Rashford has become the unofficial opposition. Rashford’s most recent intervention, which came thanks to the viral picture from a brave parent on Twitter, highlighted the lottery of meal allowances on offer. Seeing as local councils have more or less abdicated responsibility on such matters, the quality and quantity of provision is in the hands of headteachers. Due to chronic underfunding…

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