Tuesday, January 22
Common Good Cafe
(Downstairs at the University Temple United Methodist Church)
1415 NE 43rd St.
Seattle, WA 98105
Cosponsored by Social Equity Educators and the Seattle International Socialist Organization
Join teachers and activists in person and remotely as we discuss the United Teachers of Los Angeles (UTLA) strike and how it relates to our organizing happening in Seattle.
- UTLA Striker, exact speaker TBA
- Mercedes Martínez, President of the Federación de Maestros de Puerto Rico
- Stephanie Price is a nationally certified speech-language pathologist and member of the Oklahoma Education Association.* As an advocate for equity in education, Stephanie chairs the Committee of Racial and Ethnic Minorities which strives to create a voice for diversity in Oklahoma’s 3rd largest school district.
- Cole Margen, Oakland Education Association*, Oakland High School building representative and wildcat strike participant
- Jesse Hagopian is an Ethnic Studies teacher, member of the Seattle Education Association*, member of Social Equity Educators, and a co-editor of the book “Teaching for Black Lives.”
A solidarity statement from an Acero charter school striker from Chicago will be read.
*for identification purposes only
This event will also be streamed live on the Social Equity Educators page.
The teacher’s rebellion that started last year in West Virginia is rolling on into Blue States. Some 34,000 teachers in Los Angeles are preparing for a strike in the second largest public school district in the United States. Their strike follows the wake of the nation’s first Charter School strike in Chicago and a wildcat strike of high school teachers in Oakland, CA.
Union members everywhere have a stake in supporting Los Angeles teachers in their fight against privatization and disinvestment in public schools. A victory for the United Teachers of Los Angeles will be a victory for the entire labor movement, and will continue to raise people’s confidence around the country that if our side fights back, we can win.