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The Educators Revolt – Eric Blanc
May 8, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Join Eric Blanc at 7 pm on May 8 — the day of Portland’s own teacher union walkout — as he discusses the national educators’ revolt and his new book Red State Revolt: The Teachers’ Strike Wave and Working-Class Politics.
Educators across the country are rising up against low pay, privatization, and austerity. Former high school teacher Eric Blanc has been on the ground reporting on this historic upsurge for The Nation, Jacobin, and The Guardian. His new book Red State Revolt describes the inspiring story of the teachers’ strike wave and analyzes why it points the way forward for all working people. Join us for a discussion of the strikes — from West Virginia, to Washington, to Los Angeles — and their lessons for today’s struggles to defend our schools and public services for all.
“Eric Blanc has written the best on-the-ground description and explanation of the red state teachers’ revolt. He was there and he understands that what happened is historic. The brave teachers who walked out in West Virginia, Oklahoma, Arizona, and other red states started a powerful trend. They give hope that the reactionary politics of the past forty years may be reversed by working people who realize that ‘enough is enough.’ Blanc’s enthralling description of their struggles is a chronicle that should be widely read.”
—Diane Ravitch, author of The Death and Life of the Great American School System
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