A PUBLIC PANEL DISCUSSION FEATURING:
DAVE ZIRIN writes about the politics of sports for The Nation, SLAM magazine, the Progressive, the Los Angeles Times and http://www.edgeofsports.com/. His books include A People's History of Sports in the United States and Bad Sports: How Owners are Ruining the Games We Love.
JULES BOYKOFF is a former professional soccer player and currently an associate professor of political science at Pacific University in Oregon. He is the author of Beyond Bullets: The Suppression of Dissent in the United States.
SANDRA CHILDS is in her 20th year of teaching and is currently a teacher-library media specialist at Jackson Middle School in Portland. Several of her articles have appeared in Rethinking Schools magazine, and she co-edited the teaching guide for Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11.
While public schools are in a world of pain with budgets slashed to the bone, politicians act like these are problems beyond their control. In truth, they are the result of an attack on public education that has seen the system starved. One way this has been implemented is through stadium construction. Over the last generation, we've seen $30 billion in public funds spent on stadiums. Yet there is not one example of a sports franchise lifting or even stabilizing a local economy. These projects achieve so little because the jobs created are low wage, service sector, seasonal employment. Join the PSU International Socialist Organization, Portland Area Rethinking Schools, and radical sportswriter Dave Zirin for a panel discussion aimed at challenging backwards government spending priorities, and offering some ideas for what we can do about it.