Links of the Week

California’s Schools Chief States His Position as His Department Revises Ethnic Studies Curriculum
In a preview of what it will recommend this spring, the California Department of Education is siding with ethnic studies advocates who argue that courses should focus on four ethnic and racial groups whose histories have been largely overlooked in the high school curriculum: African Americans, Asian Americans, Chicanos and Latinos, and Native Americans.

‘Victory for Workers!’: House Praised for Passing Landmark PRO Act to Strengthen Unions and Labor Rights
Common Dreams
Union leaders and labor rights advocates applauded the Democrat-controlled U.S. House for passing landmark legislation Thursday night that supporters have called one of the most notable efforts to expand workers’ rights in several decades.

The Importance of Black History and Why It Should Be Celebrated Beyond February
ABC News
Since Woodson’s death in 1950, the organization that he founded, the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History — now called the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) — has fought to keep his legacy alive. Now, nearly 105 years after its founding, one of the organization’s biggest challenges is keeping people engaged beyond February.

LAX Workers to Stage 3-Day Fast Over Wages, Benefits
Los Angeles Daily News
Twenty LAX catering workers plan to launch a three-day fast beginning Wednesday, Feb. 12 in an effort [to] win the affordable health care and fair wages they say they deserve.

Facing Skyrocketing Rents, Santa Cruz Grad Students Extend Wildcat Strikes
Labor Notes
Protesting low wages in one of the most unaffordable cities in the country, graduate students at the University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC) went on a wildcat grading strike in December and are now organizing for a full strike, beginning February 10.