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LGBT educators can be fired for being gay: Vergara v CA

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Here is today's installment of Public schools vs billionaires: Vergara v California, with the emphasis on LGBT educators and discrimination in the workplace this time around. Please go here for the back story and previous posts. My sources have been keeping me updated, so please feel free to share a story that deserves more attention. Also, please note that there is a new Vergara Trial website here.

So. Should a teacher be fired for being gay? No. But does it happen? Oh yes. Yes it does.

One of the horrible realities of the Vergara trial is that if the plaintiffs are successful in eliminating due process, it takes away protections for LGBT educators.

David Atkins has a really important piece about teachers who have been fired without due process: Gay teachers who have been fired for being gay. Here are the opening and closing sentences of his post, but what he wrote in between the two is a must-read:

One of the more insidious aspects of the billionaire assault on teachers is the effort to make public teaching an "at will" occupation in which a teacher can be fired at any time. [...]

This is what will happen to public schools in California and eventually across the nation if Vergara goes the wrong way. All so a few billionaires can get even richer by turning students into commodities.

You see, without tenure, if a teacher irritates an administrator, or many parents complain in a community that happens to be homophobic, that teacher could be let go. They don't have to give a reason, just "We're not renewing your contract."

It has happened in California. And it could happen in our public schools if they are successful.

On Thursday, Shannan Brown, a former Teacher of the Year from San Juan School District, told a compelling story about the need for due process.

She said, "When I was a newer teacher in the district, before I had received tenure, I had shared with my colleagues that I am gay. And they told me not to tell the administrator and to not announce that because it could affect my - the employment decisions regarding me."

This teacher had to stay in the closet. If she had been dismissed because of a homophobic administrator, she would have never been teacher or the year and students would have missed out on having such great teacher.

It's the bigots who need to be educated.

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Bradley Manning Sentenced To 35 Years In Military Prison

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They're covering it right now on MSNBC. He is eligible for parole, good conduct & time served. He was knocked down a rank (why would this matter?), dishonorably discharged and loses all military pay, pension etc.

Pfc. Bradley Manning, the soldier who leaked hundreds of thousands of secret government documents, was sentenced by a military judge Wednesday to 35 years in prison.

The sentence was imposed by Army Col. Denise Lind. Manning will be eligible for parole.

Manning, 25, has said he was disillusioned by an American foreign policy bent on “killing and capturing people” when he released the documents, including battlefield reports and diplomatic cables, to the anti-secrecy site WikiLeaks in 2010.

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Cartoons of the Day- Conversations on Race

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Quickie- Ohio Pro-Gun Group Raising Money To Buy George Zimmerman A New Weapon

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Because GOD KNOWS we wouldn't want this guy to go around unarmed.

A pro-gun group from Ohio launched a fundraising effort over the weekend to buy George Zimmerman a new gun.

On the heels of reports that the Justice Department is placing a hold on all evidence in the case, including the Kel-Tec PF-9 9mm pistol Zimmerman used to kill unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin, the Buckeye Firearms Foundation announced that it is raising money to buy the former neighborhood watch captain a new gun.

"This is about more than mere principle. Zimmerman and his family now face daily threats on their lives," the group said in a post announcing the "Zimmerman Second Amendment Fund." "More than ever, he has a right to defend himself against those who would seek to do him harm. Gun owners must stand together and refuse to allow an injustice like this to go unanswered. If we choose to sit idly by while the full force and weight of the federal government descends upon a free man, it will embolden others to take liberties with our rights."

The group said it is accepting any donations supporters can afford in order to provide Zimmerman, who has no current source of income, "with the funds he needs to replace his firearm, holster, and other gear."

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Cartoons of the Day- Aftermath of the Zimmerman Trial

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Video- The Daily Show: Acquitted Development

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Video- George Zimmerman's Brother Fears President Obama Is Tapping His Family's Phone

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Nah, no racism in that family. And why would PBO give a shit? No wonder the Faux watchers are the stupidest. Via Mediaite.

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