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Red State Revolt

The Teachers' Strike Wave and Working-Class Politics
Written by: Eric Blanc
Narrated by: Eric Jason Martin
Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins

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Thirteen months after Trump allegedly captured the allegiance of "the white working class", a strike wave - the first in over four decades - rocked the United States. Inspired by the wildcat victory in West Virginia, teachers in Oklahoma, Arizona, and across the country walked off their jobs and shut down their schools to demand better pay for educators, more funding for students, and an end to years of austerity.  

Confounding all expectations, these working-class rebellions erupted in regions with Republican electorates, weak unions, and bans on public sector strikes. By mobilizing to take their destinies into their own hands, red state school workers posed a clear alternative to politics as usual. And with similar actions now gaining steam in Los Angeles, Oakland, Denver, and Virginia, there is no sign that this upsurge will be short-lived.  

Red State Revolt is a compelling analysis of the emergence and development of this historic strike wave, with an eye to extracting its main strategic lessons for educators, labor organizer, and radicals across the country. A former high school teacher and longtime activist, Eric Blanc embedded himself into the rank-and-file leaderships of the walkouts, where he was given access to internal organizing meetings and secret Facebook groups inaccessible to most journalists.

©2019 Eric Blanc (P)2019 Tantor

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  • 2019-10-12

A guide to make congresspeople help workers

This book made me pay attention. It's a fascinating story, told well, and it's instructive. I hope every employed person in the country reads this book (or listens to the delightful narrator).