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East Bay DSA
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.

May 22, 2019

Democratic socialists stand with California teachers

California teachers are taking over Sacramento today. Shoulder to shoulder, socialists, teachers, parents, and students can organize and fight together to defend public education, build strong unions, and transform our economy to work for the many, not just the wealthy few.

May 17, 2019

Who does assemblymember Buffy Wicks really serve?

Buffy Wicks

Despite mass mobilizations against school privatization in her district, Assemblymember Buffy Wicks (D-Oakland) is balking at support modest reforms to charter school laws. The reason is clear: Taking a stand for public education would mean betraying the privatizing billionaires who bankrolled her campaign for state assembly.

May 17, 2019

Buffy Wicks balks as legislature considers new laws to rein in charter schools

Facing public pressure from the recent teachers’ strikes, the California state legislature is considering bills to reform the state’s damaging charter laws. East Bay representatives are mostly in support, but Buffy Wicks seems afraid to stand up for public education.

May 16, 2019

This Week in Class History: The Winnipeg General Strike

On May 15, 1919, labor unions across Winnipeg and Canadian cities went on general strike in one of the best known and most influential strikes in Canadian history.