The Chicago Teachers On Strike: ‘Until We Get What Our Students Deserve’

After Mayor Lori Lightfoot rejected the demands of the Chicago Teachers Union, 25,000 teachers and 7,000 support staff launched a strike on Thursday, October 17, shutting down the schools for some 300,000 students. Also on the picket line were members of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 73, representing educational support staff and Special …

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Save The Date: Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action, Feb. 3-7, 2020

The Black Lives Matter at School movement just released its public declaration that it will continue to organize its week of action during the first week of February. From the six-year-old Black girl whose tantrum at a Florida school got her arrested, handcuffed, and taken to the juvenile detention center to have her mugshot taken, …

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New York Post attacks Black Lives Matter at School movement, “Teaching for Black Lives,” and “The New Teacher Book”

With the new school year underway, antiracist educators around the country are back at work uplifting Black students--and the New York Post is back at work spewing racist garbage. For their back to school coverage, the Post decided to give column space, not to experts in closing opportunity gaps or promising new approaches to supporting Black …

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“Proving the impossible”: Teacher’s union president Mercedes Martinez on the mass uprising for justice in Puerto Rico

First Published in The Progressive Jesse Hagopian spoke with Mercedes Martinez, president of the teachers union Federación de Maestros de Puerto Rico, the Teachers Federation of Puerto Rico or FMPR, as it is known, on July 26, one day after former Puerto Rican Governor Ricardo Rosselló announced his plan to resign amid mass protests and strikes …

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