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Strike for the Common Good: Fighting for the Future of Public Education

Date: December 8, 2020

“Teachers have found their power and won’t go down without a fight,” proclaims the newly released Strike for the Common Good: Fighting for the Future of Public Education that delves into everything from the Black Lives Matter movement and its impact on schools to fighting for fair pay.

This webinar explored education and union power in a new age of labor activism—including online organizing, anti-austerity movements, and pushing for racial justice in the classroom. We heard from Rebecca Kolins Givan, co-editor of Strike for the Common Good, as well as Jesse Hagopian, an educator and racial justice activist, who shared his story of direct action and organizing in Seattle. EPI Research Associate Sylvia Allegretto discussed what workers can learn from teachers organizing and EPI Director of EARN Naomi Walker moderated the discussion.

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Who:

Rebecca Kolins Givan, Associate Professor of Labor Studies and Employment Relations, Rutgers University
Jesse Hagopian
, Teacher and Co-adviser of the Black student Union, Garfield High School
Sylvia Allegretto, Economist, University of California, Berkeley, and Research Associate, Economic Policy Institute

Moderated by Naomi Walker, Director of EARN, Economic Policy Institute

What: A brief book discussion on Strike for the Common Good: Fighting for the Future of Public Education, followed by a discussion on labor organizing and racial justice activism among public school teachers.

For updates and to share this event on social media, use #StrikeforGood.

When: Tuesday, December 8, 2020
4 p.m.–5 p.m. ET / 1 p.m.–2 p.m. PT


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