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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.

June 07, 2019

Exclusive: Interview with Darnisha Wright, Oakland teacher fired after attack at school board meeting

An Oakland school board member put her hand around this kindergarten teacher’s throat. Then OUSD fired her. Our interview with Darnisha Wright.

June 05, 2019

NIMBYs and YIMBYs think they’re enemies. But they both side with the ultrarich.

YIMBYs and NIMBYs appear to disagree on the fundamentals of housing policy. Despite the endless bickering, these groups share a deep, and deeply flawed, commitment to the idea that housing is a commodity — a way for the wealthy few to wring profit from the everyday needs of the vast majority of society.

June 03, 2019

“The lesson of the last two years is don’t mess with teachers”: Interview with Ismael Armendariz, VP of Oakland teachers’ union

Majority spoke with “Ish” Armendariz about the Sacramento rallies on May 22, what they meant for the struggle to defend public education, and what’s next for teachers and the labor movement.

May 31, 2019

“I’m sick and tired of seeing our kids suffer”

After two weeks of walkouts, New Haven Unified School District teachers are confronting an intransigent school board which refuses to provide even a cost-of-living adjustment. Majority spoke with teacher Rochelle Thorne about the battle, the strike, and community support.

May 28, 2019

Learning from the Red-State Teachers’ Revolt

Last year’s teachers’ strikes in West Virginia, Arizona, and Oklahoma rocked the country and heralded a revival of labor militancy in the US. Eric Blanc’s compelling account of the strikes contains essential political lessons for labor and the contemporary left.

May 22, 2019

California needs a charter moratorium now

LA teachers on strike against privatization

The reforms currently being considered by the California State Assembly will help stem the tide of school privatization. But they do not go far enough — we need a complete moratorium on charter school growth.