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A Second Chance For Cooper Union

By The Committee to Save Cooper Union - The Committee to Save Cooper Union (CSCU) has been working closely with the New York Attorney General’s Office (OAG) to return Cooper Union to its tuition-free and merit-based mission, ensure the school’s fiscal recovery, and establish better governance structures. The OAG and CSCU challenged the school’s Board of Trustees to rethink its ill-conceived response to the fiscal crisis, reconsider the decision to charge tuition, and accept binding, verifiable changes to how the school is run. Today, we are proud to announce that this effort succeeded and a Consent Decree has been signed by The Cooper Union, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, and The Committee to Save Cooper Union. As a part of this agreement, which will be filed with the Court tomorrow, CSCU has settled its lawsuit with the trustees. The Attorney General will also be filing a cy pres petition.

Newsletter: See You At The Barricades

By Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese at Popular Resistance. We are at a crossroads to either a future of global corporate governance or a chance for democracy. As Chris Hedges writes in his new book, "Wages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt," a revolution is coming but we can't guarantee which way it will go. Will you be there to fight for justice? You have an opportunity to do that now. This is the critical week to stop Fast Track legislation from passing in Congress. Fast Track could last for the next six years and would enable passage of not just the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), but also the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and the Trade in Services Agreement (TISA). There are different ways to define security. Some would say that security means a police or military force to protect people from those who might cause harm. Others would say that security means the government has a responsibility to make sure that the basic needs of its people are met which in itself would reduce crimes and the need for a violent security force. This is your food for thought for this week. How do you define security?

Governor Unilaterally Denies ‘Single Payer’ Health Care

Today, Vermont’s governor, after campaigning for single payer for years, announced that he would not work to pass single-payer legislation in Vermont this year. “Single payer” is shorthand for a reform that will replace the present wasteful and chaotic system of private health insurance, Medicare, Medicaid and out-of-pocket cash payments with a single public finance system that will redirect resources in order to guarantee access to all necessary care for everyone, which would include many essentials not covered by any present plan. Governor Peter Shumlin, in his press conference, stated that “now is not the right time” for single payer. I disagree. The time for a single-payer system is now. Our patients in every state urgently need it.

Global Survey: 83% Say Internet Access Should Be A Human Right

A survey of Internet users in 24 countries has found that 83% believe affordable access to the Internet should be a basic human right, according to the “CIGI-Ipsos Global Survey on Internet Security and Trust.” According to responses, two thirds of Internet users are more concerned today about online privacy than they were compared to one year ago (64%). When given a choice of various governance sources for the Internet, the majority (57%) chose multi-stakeholder model “of technology companies, engineers, non-governmental organizations and institutions that represent the interests and will of ordinary citizens, and governments.”
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