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News for the East Bay's diverse, working-class majority.

Brought to you by the Democratic Socialists of America, East Bay chapter.

East Bay DSA
February 18, 2019

Scab or starve: Teach for America wants its participants to cross picket lines. TFA teachers are fighting back.

TFA thinks it can scare participants in Oakland into scabbing and betraying their coworkers and the students they serve. It’s not going to work.

February 13, 2019

Power, joy, and the right enemies: Arlene Inouye brings 5 lessons from the LA teacher strike to Oakland

A leader from the LA strike offers a primer for Oakland teachers. Here’s how to unite Oakland, crush the billionaire privatizers, and win a beautiful public education system for all students

February 11, 2019

Oakland Unified School District treats scabs better than teachers

OUSD sparked outrage this last week when they tried to hire scab teachers–for more than twice what they pay regular subs. Quick action by teachers shut down the district’s strikebreaking plans.

February 08, 2019

Hundreds of OUSD students walked out of class today. Two student organizers tell us what they’re protesting and what’s next for their movement.

Theo and Lauren, two 17-year-old organizers behind today’s mass student walkout and march, tell us why they support unionized teachers, how they worked to build a more diverse movement, and why Sacramento is their next target.

February 04, 2019

As Public Pressure Mounts, City Council Backs Teachers

The Oakland City Council will vote Tuesday, February 5 on a resolution supporting the demands of the Oakland teachers’ union.

February 01, 2019

“They turned me into a lion.” A parent organizer tells us about today’s mass student strike at Roots Academy.

Facing the closure of their school, only 14% of Roots students came to class today. The rest are staying home to teach OUSD a lesson, and to flex their power ahead of the upcoming teachers’ strike.

January 31, 2019

Education Workers, Unite!

Students from preschool through adult ed deserve a rich, humane, and publicly-funded education. Education workers from daycare through universities must band together in a united movement to tax the rich and fund all our schools.

January 28, 2019

What do students learn when the school board closes their school?

Students at Roots Academy are fighting to save their school community. When Chicago schools were under attack, one student who joined the struggle learned a political lesson that that still shapes her life.

January 24, 2019

Fighting for its life and flexing its power, the Roots school community shuts down a school board meeting

On Wednesday night, the Oakland school board – many of whom are bought and paid for by charter school orgs and the billionaires that fund them – thought they were going to vote to close Roots elementary. Instead, students, parents, and teachers showed them what power looks like.

January 22, 2019

Organized educators can build the networks to fight beyond school doors

Ariela Rothstein with California Educators Rising sees a horizon in the RedForEd movement that’s bigger than classrooms and school districts. But to get there, we have to fight cuts and closures and organize hard around essential contract demands.