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Author Talk: Eric Blanc’s Red State Revolt: The Teachers’ Strike Wave and Working Class Politics
May 3 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Come hear from Eric Blanc, author of Red State Revolt: The Teachers’ Strike Wave and Working-Class Politics out April 23 from Verso Books.
Proceeds from books purchased at the event to be donated to a national strike fund.
Help us pay for the event! Any donation welcome, but if you can provide $5 or more through the donation portal now, it would certainly be appreciated! Pay what you can lower than $5 accepted at the door 🙂
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm @ The Montrose Center, rm. 107
Read more about Red State Revolt:
Thirteen months after Trump allegedly captured the allegiance of “the white working class,” a strike wave—the first in over four decades—rocked the United States. Inspired by the wildcat victory in West Virginia, teachers in Oklahoma, Arizona, and across the country walked off their jobs and shut down their schools to demand better pay for educators, more funding for students, and an end to years of austerity.
Confounding all expectations, these working-class rebellions erupted in regions with Republican electorates, weak unions, and bans on public sector strikes. By mobilizing to take their destinies into their own hands, red state school workers posed a clear alternative to politics-as-usual. And with similar actions now gaining steam in Los Angeles, Oakland, Denver, and Virginia, there is no sign that this upsurge will be short-lived.
Red State Revolt is a compelling analysis of the emergence and development of this historic strike wave, with an eye to extracting its main strategic lessons for educators, labor organizer, and radicals across the country. A former high school teacher and longtime activist, Eric Blanc embedded himself into the rank-and-file leaderships of the walkouts, where he was given access to internal organizing meetings and secret Facebook groups inaccessible to most journalists. The result is one of the richest portraits of the labor movement to date, a story populated with the voices of school workers who are winning the fight for the soul of public education—and redrawing the political map of the country at large.” — Verso Books