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August 24, 2019

This Week in Class History: The Saint-Domingue Uprising

On Aug. 21, 1791, the enslaved people of Saint-Domingue rebelled, beginning the Haitian Revolution. Haitian revolutionaries extended the emancipatory promise of the French Revolution to those whose enslaved labor created the wealth of the emerging French elite.

August 13, 2019

“Not the end of the struggle, but a huge victory”: An interview with Hayward Collective housing justice organizer Alicia Garcia Lawrence

In the heart of the Bay Area’s gentrification crisis, the Hayward Collective just secured a big win for tenants. Our interview with Alicia Garcia Lawrence, once of the Collective’s committed organizers.

July 19, 2019

Blue-collar workers: Let’s support the Green New Deal

A retired Oakland worker makes the case for blue-collar workers to support the Green New Deal, a program to achieve both well-paying union jobs and a just and sustainable world.

July 08, 2019

The Sacramento School District is trying to set a dangerous precedent of breaking contracts

Sacramento teachers have been fighting on the frontlines with their district to get their contract implemented for nearly two years. If the district gets away with breaking the law and not honoring the legally binding contract, it sets a dangerous precedent for other districts and employers across the country.

June 27, 2019

Corporate Democrats can’t save public education. A movement united behind Bernie can.

Corporate Democrats, feeling the heat from massive teachers’ strikes, have passed mild reforms to destructive charter school laws. But only a political revolution, like the one Bernie Sanders is calling for, can save political education from billionaires who want to destroy it.

June 25, 2019

Bernie’s plan to abolish student debt is even better than you think

On Monday Bernie Sanders announced a plan to cancel all $1.6 trillion in U.S. student debt. It’s not just the right thing to do — it’s also good politics.

June 18, 2019

This Week in Class History: The Battle of Orgreave

On June 18, 1984, thousands of police clashed violently with striking coal miners in South Yorkshire, marking one of the most brutal strike battles in Britain’s industrial history.

June 13, 2019

Everything you need to know about the proposed Oakland school closures (part 2): The district’s excuses for closing schools get an “F”

If school closures have such negative impacts and are so consistently opposed by the community, why does the district keep pushing them? Contrary to what the Oakland school board says, it’s not money, and it’s not quality.

June 12, 2019

Organizing for municipal power: From Barcelona to Richmond and beyond

Author and activist Steve Early reviews “Fearless Cities: A Guide to the Global Municipalist Movement” and explains the lessons Barcelona En Comú has to share with struggles elsewhere in the world.

June 11, 2019

Jumoke Hinton Hodge must resign from the Oakland school board

Putting her hands on the throat of teacher Darnisha Wright is only the latest in a long line of reasons that Hinton Hodge must go.