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Friday, July 6 • 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Friday Night Plenary: Striking Back: Voices of the Teachers' Rebellion

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In this featured plenary, teachers from the frontlines of today's struggles describe the stakes in their fight for dignity and respect on the job, and why the fight for their working conditions is the fight for their students' learning conditions.  

Moderators
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Eric Blanc

Eric Blanc writes on labor movements past and present. Formerly a high school teacher in the Bay Area, he is a doctoral student in the sociology department at New York University.
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Dana Blanchard

Dana is a former public school teacher and union organizer who currently works at Haymarket Books in Chicago.

Speakers
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Matt Casella

Matt Casella is a North Carolina Public School teacher and activist in Greensboro, North Carolina. He is a member of the International Socialist Organization and the North Carolina Association of Educators, and has written about the recent teacher action in North Carolina for Socialist... Read More →
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Noah Karvellis

Originally from Rockford, Illinois, Noah Karvelis studied education at the University of Illinois. Following his graduation, Noah relocated to Phoenix, Arizona, and has been teaching general music at Tres Rios Elementary School in Phoenix for the past two years. In addition to his... Read More →
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Mercedes Martinez

Mercedes Martinez is the president of the Federacion de Maestros de Puerto Rico (FMPR). The FMPR is the educators' union in Puerto Rico and waged a successful strike in 2008 to prevent the privatization of the school system. The FMPR has led two one-day strikes in Puerto Rico since... Read More →
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Nicole McCormick

Nicole McCormick is an elementary and middle school music teacher in Mercer County, West Virginia and is the President-elect of the Mercer County Education Association.
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Stephanie Price

Stephanie Price is a speech-language pathologist who has worked in public education since 2009. She is an active union member with the Oklahoma Education Association and participated in Oklahoma's statewide teacher strike in April 2018. She serves on the union's minority issues caucus... Read More →
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Michelle Randolph

Michelle Randolph is an educator in Jefferson County Public Schools in Louisville, Kentucky, one the most integrated districts in the country. She is on the PTA Executive Board at her daughter's school and was recently nominated for the Ed Trust Family Fellowship. She has been married... Read More →
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Gillian Russom

Gillian Russom is a high school history teacher in Los Angeles.  She's a member of the Board of Directors of United Teachers Los Angeles and the International Socialist Organization.  She's a contributor to Education and Capitalism (Haymarket Books, 2012).
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Jesse Sharkey

Jesse Sharkey is the vice president of the Chicago Teachers Union and a member of the Caucus of Rank and File Educators (CORE).


Friday July 6, 2018 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Grand Ballroom