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Schools on Strike, Socialists Against Guns, #MeToo and Capitalism
This week’s Resist News was dominated by the massive wildcat strike of West Virginia school teachers https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/01/us/west-virginia-teachers-strike.html The strike has shut down every school in the state of West Virginia, and laid bare years of attacks on public education across the United States under neoliberal capitalism https://www.billvmullen.com/new-blog-1/ Thus far the Strike has also resurrected incendiary voices of labor organizing connecting cuts to wages and benefits for teachers to privatization of industry, corporate largesse, and long-term memories of working-class struggle in a state with a proud tradition of coal miner militancy https://www.jacobinmag.com/2018/03/west-virginia-teachers-strike-activist-interview And West Virginia teachers are not the only Educators out: graduate student employees at University of Illinois Champaign-Urban are in the midst of their own strike over a threat to their tuition waiver http://dailynous.com/2018/02/26/university-illinois-grad-students-strike-today/ Meanwhile in the U.K. UCU lecturers are out on strike to defend their pensions from attack https://www.ucu.org.uk/strikeforuss
The West Virginia strike comes on the heels of---and draws dissident energy from---student walkouts across the U.S. in response to Nikolas Cruz’s mass shootings of 17 students and faculty at a Florida high school. Nivedita Majumdar’s “Socialist Case for Gun Control” is one of the most thoughtful responses from the Left https://jacobinmag.com/2018/02/gun-control-parkland-students-race-police Sean Larson here shows how guns put profits before people in the name of killing them https://socialistworker.org/2018/03/01/the-political-economy-of-gun-culture
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor connects the student protests to the need for an interracial fight against capitalist violence https://socialistworker.org/2018/02/26/anti-racism-and-the-uprising-against-guns
Finally Tithi Bhattacharya links #MeToo to capitalist ravages of social reproduction needs and wants and the potentiality of a wider anti-capitalist feminism https://www.versobooks.com/blogs/3653-socializing-security-unionizing-work-metoo-as-our-moment-to-explore-possibilities
La luncha continua!