Kenzo Shibata

Chicago teacher, activist, writer, media strategist

Author Archives: Kenzo Shibata

Let’s Ditch the Landlords

“We can…You know we can.” -Jello Biafra On December 2nd, Chicago’s City Council passed a very modest increase to the minimum wage within the city limits. The minimum wage in … Continue reading

December 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Harvard Professor Fighting for $4 is Actually Right

At first blush, I was outraged about the story of Benjamin Edelman, a Harvard Business School Professor who threatened legal action against a small local chain restaurant after being overcharged … Continue reading

December 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

Why #AskVentra Failed

Quick thoughts on #AskVentra: You don’t need to do a Twitter campaign. Social media is a tool and the Twitter Town Hall model of using a hashtag is a tactic. … Continue reading

May 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

Checking Privilege Isn’t Enough

Privilege is one of those trigger words that forces people to stop reading, and start reacting. It’s a word that I often omit from dialogue — online and off — … Continue reading

February 6, 2014 · 12 Comments

Why the Left Must Embrace Affluenza

I can’t remember in my lifetime any diseases cured or new vaccines developed. I can’t imagine how elated the world must have been when Jonas Salk released the polio vaccine, … Continue reading

December 27, 2013 · 2 Comments

Conservative Contradictions in the Phil Robertson Duck-bacle

This whole Duck Dynasty drama is a perfect example of the contradictions and limits of conventional American conservative thought. Phil Robertson (Mr. Duck) was fired from his job for expressing … Continue reading

December 19, 2013 · 4 Comments

Teach for America’s Mission in Chicago

Teach for America wanted to help stem a teacher shortage. Why then are thousands of experienced educators being replaced by hundreds of new college graduates? Originally published in Jacobin. Teach … Continue reading

July 25, 2013 · Leave a comment

Huffington Post: What’s the Plan for Chicago Public Schools? Look No Further Than Detroit

Detroit Public Schools (DPS) “Emergency Manager” Roy Roberts stepped down from his position on May 2. During his announcement, Roberts said that his instructions when he took the job were to … Continue reading

May 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

Huffington Post: Chicago Public Schools and Other People’s Children

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has a strange habit of hiring people from outside Chicago to run the city of Chicago. His police chief was from New York. Both of his appointed schools … Continue reading

April 3, 2013 · Leave a comment