The Strike That Started the Red Wave

On Sept. 10, 2012, I joined thousands of my fellow public school teachers in Chicago and walked off the job.

After facing 30 years of corporate education ​”reform” that demonized teachers and led to massive privatization of public schools across the United States, teachers everywhere were ready to fight back. For many of us in Chicago, ahead of the 2012 strike, political developments had shown a range of possibilities for what that fighting back could look like. We had watched intently as protesters took over plazas in Tahrir Square to demand the overthrow of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, as well as the crowds occupying the Wisconsin statehouse to oppose Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s anti-union Act 10.

In Chicago, resistance to the attacks on teachers required us to defeat one of the most powerful Democratic politicians in the country (then-Mayor Rahm Emanuel), endure the

— source inthesetimes.com | Jackson Potter | Sep 15, 2022

Nullius in verba


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