Red State Revolt

How the Teacher Rebellions Can Revive Labor and the Left
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Author(s): Eric Blanc
Series: Jacobin
Original Publish Date: Apr 23, 2019
Product Number: EB00735369
Released: Apr 23, 2019
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781788735766
Publisher: Verso
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An indispensable window into the changing shape of the American working class and American politics 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.

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Author(s): Eric Blanc
Narrator(s): Eric Jason Martin
Product Number Z100153551
Released: Aug 30, 2019
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
ISBN: #9781618037725

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