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Saturday, July 7 • 4:00pm - 6:00pm
The Sleeping Giant Awakens: How Workers can Transform Society

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The nationwide wave of teachers' strikes this year has brought back class struggle, along with the strike weapon, to a whole new generation of workers. In this talk, we will discuss the context that these strikes arose out of, with a working class restructured to meet the changing demands of capital in the neoliberal era. Workers in caring professions such as teaching and nursing find themselves at the nexus of the interlocking sets of social crises being faced across the country, and it is no accident that strikes are kicking off among these workers first. The strike wave that kicked off in West Virginia has provided not only a path forward for militants in the labor movement but a glimpse into the potential power that workers have to reshape society at its roots and put capitalism in its grave.

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Will Russell

Will Russell is a high school teacher in NYC and member of the Movement of Rank and File Educators (MORE) in the United Federation of Teachers (UFT).
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Caitlin Sheehan

Caitlin Sheehan is a socialist, a teacher in Chicago Public Schools, and a member of the Chicago Teachers Union.

Saturday July 7, 2018 4:00pm - 6:00pm
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