Lessons from the Teachers’ Strikes

Socialism 2018 will be featuring leaders of the teachers’ strikes and protest that swept through the so-called “red states” this spring. Teachers from West Virginia to Puerto Rico will speak on two panels and Friday night’s main plenary. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from rank and file leaders who have set an example for all of us about how to use workers’ power to shut the system down and beat back the bosses’ attack. Register today!

Teachers on the Move: Lessons from West Virginia and Beyond

Co-Sponsored by Jacobin


  • Eric Blanc, who covered the strike wave for Jacobin
  • Emily Comer, a teacher organizer and leader from West Virginia

Rank and File Teachers Speak: How We Organized the Rebellion

This session will feature Jesse Sharkey, Vice President of the Chicago Teachers Union moderating a conversation with rank and file teacher leaders about how they built the struggle from the ground up.

Speakers include:

  • Dylan Wegela (Arizona)
  • Emily Comer (West Virginia)
  • James Miller (Kentucky)
  • Carla H (North Carolina)
  • Larry Cagle (Oklahoma)

Striking Back: Voices of the Teachers Rebellion


Hear first-hand from teachers who led the rebellion about their struggle, what they won and the fights to come in the fall:

  • Jesse Sharkey, Vice President of the Chicago Teachers Union
  • Nicole McCormick, West Virginia
  • Stephanie Price, Oklahoma
  • Michelle Randolph, Kentucky
  • Matt Casella, North Carolina
  • Noah Karvellis, Arizona Educators United
  • Mercedes Martinez, Puerto Rico
  • Gillian Russom, United Teachers Los Angeles
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