I joined Nima and Adam at Citations Needed podcast to talk about the media’s obsession with youth, achievement, and weird capitalist metrics of the good life and how toxic it all is. Enjoy!
As part of Red May, we’re interviewing Cal Winslow about his excellent book Radical Seattle: The General Strike of 1919. 6pm Seattle time, 9pm Eastern, click the link above to watch! And find more Red May here.
With skyrocketing unemployment, essential workers striking against dangerous conditions, and social distancing imposing new constraints on activism, the pandemic crisis is posing unprecedented challenges to today’s class struggle. What lessons can we learn from socialist history and theory for our contemporary conjuncture? Join Robin D.G. Kelley, Sarah Jaffe, and Asad Haider for a discussion on lessons we can learn from the past for organizing today.
I joined Radio Dispatch to talk about Brexit and the upcoming UK elections, teacher strikes, autoworker strikes, and witches!
(Part One, Part Two below)
Teachers in Chicago are heading back to school Friday, marking the end of a historic eleven-day strike that had shut down the nation’s third-largest school district. After weeks of tense negotiations, the city agreed to reduce class sizes, increase salaries by 16 percent over the next 5 years and bring on hundreds more social workers, nurses and librarians. The union demanded that teachers be able to make up the full eleven days of school before agreeing to return to work and eventually settled with the city on five days. Earlier this week, 7,500 public school workers with the Service Employees International Union, who had been striking also settled with the city earlier. I joined Democracy Now alongside Stacy Davis Gates, the Executive Vice President of the Chicago Teacher Union.
At The World Transformed in September I sat down with James Butler to compare the current situation of left movements in the US and the UK and the links between organised labour and party politics both here and in the US.
I sat down, along with comrade Ajay Chaudhary, with the good folks at TWT.FM at The World Transformed conference, and we talked about how far too many people think that The Workers are always some Other over there, and often project their worst traits onto them.
I was interviewed years back for this documentary about Walmart workers organizing and fighting for a historic pay raise. It’s now screening at New York’s Workers Unite! Film Festival on May 11, 7:30 PM and I’ll be there to watch and to join a Q&A afterwards with the directors.
I joined Molly and John to discuss the LA teachers’ strike, and catching up on the aftermath of the big Buzzfeed story.
I joined Jon Wiener on The Nation magazine’s Start Making Sense podcast to talk about the LA teachers’ victory and the backstory on the power UTLA built over the last few years.