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Tuesday, February 22, 2011


“We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people.” 

– Martin Luther King, Jr.

K-12 financing rally against Governor's budget cuts


Gov. Brian Sandoval’s budget would take $270 away from every student in Nevada’s schools. What does that mean? It’s fewer books and supplies and an even greater burden on the teachers and parents to make up the difference.

It means class sizes routinely hitting 40. It means eliminating successful programs like all-day kindergarten, Gifted And Talented Education or International Baccalaureate classes and possibly band and other extra-curricular programs.

This is the budget reality when you simply cut spending without any new revenue. We believe in a balanced approach to secure Nevada’s future.

Whether you have kids or grandkids in the schools or run a business that needs educated workers, you certainly know the value of this investment. Yet this budget reduces Nevada’s per-pupil spending below $5,000 per child.

That math doesn’t make sense to me. And neither does dismantling our higher education system – the very system in place to retrain Nevada’s unemployed and prepare our children for the future.

This budget cannot go through! That’s why I’m going to speak out for my kids – and all Nevada children – at an important budget hearing next week.

Rally at Green Valley High School at 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 28. 

CSN Internships in Communication and Community Organizing

Dear Professor Lynch,

I'm working with the Student PIRGs to run an internship program at College of Southern Nevada where students can make a difference on issues they care about - like protecting our forests, expanding public transportation, or making textbooks affordable. Students can organize events around weatherizing local homes and community buildings or fundraising for local shelters.

Through our intern program, students will 
learn how to plan and run the campaign, recruit and train a team of volunteers, work with the media, and educate their campus about these issues.

We our now accepting applications. Students can apply online at https://www.studentpirgs.org/internships


Will you forward the email below to your classes or any other student leaders on campus who you think would be interested in our internship opportunities?

Thank you for all you do for your students!

Sincerely,

Marites Velasquez
Field Organizer
Student PIRGs
http://www.studentpirgs.org
o: 312.544.4436 x 202
c: 702.235.9988

If you want to make a difference and learn valuable skills, join our team of interns and volunteers. We've got plans to take on the problems our country faces - and with your help, we can.

Spring Campaigns:

  • Sustainable College of Southern Nevada
  • Hunger & Homelessness
  • Better Public Transit
  • Make Textbooks Affordable

Find out more and apply for a Student PIRG internship: https://www.studentpirgs.org/internships

If you care about these issues or others, we can give you the skills you need to make a difference. We're working together, and we're getting things done.

You may have seen or heard news reports about the large rallies in support of union workers taking place in Madison, Wisconsin over the last week. You may have asked yourself why tens of thousands of working people are protesting, or why you should care.

From a non-SAG source...the battle over collective bargaining rights is so important that national forces are escalating the "fight."


Here’s the latest from Wisconsin: Democrats are continuing to stand up to Gov. Scott Walker, and people from all over are voicing their solidarity with Wisconsin’s teachers and other workers. But Walker is pushing back hard. The billionaire Koch brothers have even gotten involved – busing in out of state tea party protesters to support Governor Walker.

I wanted to make sure you had the chance to sign our petition.

Click here to join the more than 47,000 people who are standing with Wisconsin’s workers. Budgets shouldn’t be balanced on the backs of people who teach our children and keep our communities safe.

I’m inspired by what I’m watching in Wisconsin. Let’s make sure they know we’re in the fight, too.

Guy Cecil

In Prime-Time TV, Networks Losing the War for 10 P.M.



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Cable shows like “Pawn Stars” (with, from left, Corey, Rick and Richard Harrison), attract more 18- to 49-year-olds than networks’ dramas.

For the past several years, many broadcast network executives have looked at the ratings for their 10 p.m. shows and lamented that it has become impossible to build a true, breakout hit at that hour anymore.

Audiences in the network TV coveted 18 to 49 age group, with even stronger numbers 18 to 34, have been leaving quality dramas with professional actors in favor or "reality TV", which cost far less to produce and therefore needs fewer viewers to make a profit.

Some feel it is the "dumbing down" of American viewers, other say that these shows can be watched while surfing the net and doing other things without fear of losing key plot points or a need to commit to weekly viewership. Others say they may appeal the the greed factor and the will to be entertained more then to think of gain social insights.