Episode

5/7 Teacher Strikes & Red States in Revolt w/ Eric Blanc

May 7, 2019

Journalist Eric Blanc (@_ericblanc), author of Red State Revolt: The Teachers’ Strike Wave & Working-Class Politics, joins us to discuss the recent wave of teacher strikes in red states.

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Journalist Eric Blanc (@_ericblanc), author of Red State Revolt: The Teachers’ Strike Wave & Working-Class Politics, joins us to discuss teacher strikes in red states. The forces that touched off the WV teachers’ strike. How the weakness of unions in red states created an opening for more radical actions. The impact of the “education reform” movement of the early 2000s. How WV’s history of labor militancy inspired the strikers. The ripple effect created in other states. The numerous misdeeds of the WV Democratic Party. Social justice unionism and the relationship between striking teachers and the community. How the same ethos could be applied to other fields like nursing. How successful have the strikes been? How the strikes have changed the electoral landscape for 2020.

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