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FBI investigators with nebulous intentions have attempted to question anti-tar sands activists in several states, the Canadian Press reported over the weekend.

Growth of Real Hourly Compensation for Production/Nonsupervisory Workers and Productivity, 1948–2011

Is America in the throes of a class war?

Look at the chart and decide for yourself. It’s all there in black and white, and you don’t need to be an economist to figure it out.

In the last two years, there’s been a surge in opposition to the system of high-stakes testing that’s fueling the corporate takeover of public education. In New York, almost 60,000 students opted out of last year’s federally mandated state tests—up from about 10,000 the year before. Last summer, student activists in Rhode Island successfully pressured the state legislature to pass a three-year moratorium on using standardized tests as a requirement for graduation.

Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler confirmed on Wednesday that the FCC will have the chance to enact the strongest possible protections for the internet at its February 26 meeting.

 

Writer Catherine Hurd and composer Vatrena King are taking their musical play “Zuccotti Park” to New York City later this month where it will premiere in the Venus Adonis New York Theater Festival. Produced and directed by Luis Salgado, who won Best Director at the 2014 Thespis Festival Awards and helped choreograph the Tony Award-winning musical "In The Heights,” “Zuccotti Park” opens Feb. 26 at the Robert Moss Theater with additional shows on Feb. 28 and March 1.

A dozen protestors were thrown out of a City Council Public Safety Committee hearing on Monday for disrupting the meeting with a demand that the Council hold comprehensive hearings on “broken windows” policing practices.

The committee’s chairwoman Vanessa Gibson ordered the removal of the protestors, some of whom wore black tape over their mouths while others chanted: "elected officials you think it's a joke, wait until it's time to vote” and “broken windows has got to go.”

Councilwoman Gibson (D-Bronx) did not respond to requests for comment. 

On Monday, Syriza — a previously marginal, left-leaning coalition party in Greece — made history by winning the country’s general election. Winning 149 of 300 parliamentary seats, the party fell just two votes shy of an outright majority. Syriza’s leader, 40-year-old Alexis Tsipras, will become prime minister at the head of a coalition anti-austerity government, beating out the conservative New Democracy party and its now former prime minister, Antonis Samaras.

 

Thousands of New Yorkers participated in protests against police brutality on Monday, Martin Luther King Day. The police killings this year of unarmed black men Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice and many others made the national holiday about carrying on King’s legacy of peaceful resistance as well as celebrating his life. Hundreds gathered in Harlem, across the street from a banner reading “Black Lives Matter,” before marching down to the United Nations. Check out the video of the Harlem protestors below.

 

If you’re going to pound the frigid air for free speech, start with better heroes!

To the placard-toting hordes in the streets of capitals from Paris to New York, I say:  Chill. Unfurl your yoga mats … Take a few deep breaths.