Cup o’ (Pro)Jo: November 4, 2011

Occupy Providence activists will join in on “National Bank Transfer Day” by rallying against big banks.  Following a Saturday morning protest at the occupiers’ camp in Burnside Park, participants will march from the camp to the Providence Bank of America headquarters.  The protest is part of a national movement advocating Bank of America customers to close their accounts in a show of opposition to what supporters call unjust business practices.

Critics of plans to raise retirement age in the Chafee-Raimondo pension bill argue that forcing teachers to work additional years will affect quality of education in Rhode Island’s public schools. State Education Commissioner Deborah Gist pledged her support for such changes Thursday. “I cannot see how changing the retirement age for educators would affect learning and achievement,” she said. An online Projo Poll currently shows readers support raising retirement age for readers 55.7 to 40.4 percent.

Visiting scholar at Brown’s Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America Ulli Ryder will speak on the MSNBC program “Weekends with Alex Witt” which airs Saturdays from 9 to 12.  Ryder spoke critically of Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain in an Oct. 19 New York Times article. “The larger issue that a lot of people have, and I certainly have, is that he uses minstrelsy to play to white audiences,” she said.

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