Red State Revolt Reading Group

March 9, 2020

The largest strike wave in the US in decades has been occurring for the last two years, and it is not over! Teachers and other public education workers have responded to austerity politics, poor working conditions, low pay, and the erosion of opportunity for their students with a newfound militancy. From West Virginia to Oakland and Los Angeles, this is a national phenomenon. What are its roots? Who are its leaders? What does it mean for the future of public education? For organized labor?

These are the topics explored by Eric Blanc’s Red State Revolt: The Teachers’ Strikes and Working Class Politics (Verso Press, 2019).

Come to the reading group launch on March 9th where we will:

  • Hear Oakland teachers reflect on their experiences in the OEA strike of last spring
  • See a presentation on the history of California education unionism from Fred Glass

Who should join? Educators, labor activists, parents, Easy Bay DSA members, and anyone else interested in learning more about the power of working class solidarity. We will meet every other week for ten weeks (four sessions).

Red State Revolt is the second book chosen in a series of Labor Reading Groups sponsored by the East Bay DSA Labor Committee. Copies of the book will be available for a suggested donation at the March 9 event (NOTAFLOF).

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When: March 9, 2020, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Where: East Bay Community Space 507 55th St, Oakland, CA, 94609
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