education

Red State Revolt: An Essential But Flawed Story of the Teacher Rebellion

Review of Red State Revolt, The Teachers’ Strike Wave and Working-Class Politics by Eric Blanc on Verso Books, 2019. By Michael Mochaidean Last year’s wave of public teacher strikes and walkouts was the highest number of workers walking off the job in three decades. Whether it will be the start of a larger trend across […]

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Striking For The Future of Education: Interview with a Los Angeles Teacher

Image: Hundereds of teachers gather for the chapter chair meeting of UTLA (United Teachers of Los Angeles). Source: BRRN-LA. More than 30,000 educators in the country’s second-biggest school district of Los Angeles are poised to strike Thursday, January 10 UPDATE: Monday, January 12 for the first time since 1989. In the aftermath of the inspiring wave of […]

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Mark Bray’s New Book: Anarchist Education and the Modern School

Author Mark Bray created a twitter thread to discuss his new book Anarchist Education and the Modern School: A Francisco Ferrer Reader just released on PM Press. For those not on Twitter we created this blog post so you can read along and learn about Francisco Ferrer. (We apologize for the duplicate tweets)  1) THREAD. I'm […]

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Is Student Activism Enough?

By Patrick St. John Freddie DeBoer has a blogpost up at Jacobin, titled “Student Activism Isn’t Enough.” It’s classic Freddie: write an entire essay shitting on student activism, then closing it by saying actually, student activism is pretty great and important, keep it up! DeBoer claims “the university can’t be the key site of left-wing (or any […]

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A Year In Popular Power #3 – “Don’t be a scab!” Graduate Student Strikes

Tariq is a graduate student, teaching assistant and union member of Graduate Employees Organization or GEO Local 6300, which represents 2,700 graduate and teaching assistants at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). In February 2018, the union led a successful two-week strike pushing back against the administration’s threat to take away tuition waivers and […]

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A Year In Popular Power #1 – Teacher Strikes and #RedForEd

Episode #1 – Teacher Strikes and #RedForEd Enrique is a high school teacher in North Carolina and participated in a series of actions that built up to a state-wide strike that shut down most of public education in the state. He begins with broader political analysis of the current political moment and goes into the […]

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#REDforEd – Teacher Strikes Show Social Movements the Way Forward

By Michael Reagan There have been growing calls for electoral participation in the wake of the Trump presidential victory and the horrendous political and social climate that have come in its wake. Most of these voices encourage a social movement strategy called “inside/outside” organizing which argues that protest, mobilizations, and disruptions are good, but that […]

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Strike To Win: How the West Virginia Teacher Strike Was Won

The following is a transcribed talk by a West Virginia teacher who was one of several speakers at the Red & Black Party sponsored by the Labor Sector of Black Rose/Rosa Negra and which was held on April 7th at the 2018 Labor Notes Conference in Chicago. Hi everyone, I’m Michael in Monongalia County, that’s […]

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West Virginia Isn’t Over Yet: Extend the Strike, Build Long Term Power

What follows is a proposal, released as a leaflet you can download, for how to extend the strike unfolding in West Virginia. This is followed by a February 27 press release from opposing the attempt by union leaders and the Democratic Party pushing teachers across the state to end the current strike and return to […]

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An Early Death for the LA Teachers’ Struggle?

 By Zancudo M.  United Teachers Los Angeles, the union for 31,000 public school teachers in Los Angeles, announced late Friday that it had reached a tentative contract settlement with the LA Unified School District in the final hours of mediation. The settlement offer itself is a step forward from what had been on the table […]

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