“The Perfect Storm of Inequality.”
July 12, 2019 8:42 AM Subscribe
"The West Virginia teachers’ strike emerged as one of the clearest visions of the new labor movement. It inspired education strikes in other states, including Kentucky and North Carolina. But understanding the strike requires knowing a century of southern West Virginia history, notably its infamous labor uprisings, from the Mine Wars of the 1920s to big coal’s union-busting campaigns of the 1980s. When momentum to strike built in early 2018, teachers in West Virginia’s coal country were among the first to mobilize and put action to a vote. In a Facebook group, they used coal country’s labor history to portray the strike as not only urgent and just, but also natural—something that people like them had been doing for generations. " Finding the Future in Radical Rural America by Elizabeth Catte author of "What You're Getting Wrong About Appalachia" with responses from Ash-Lee Woodward Henderson (The work is happening , how do we support it?), Hugh Ryan (Radical Rural Queer Spaces), Jessica Wilkerson (Appalachia's Women Activists), Bob Moser (Genuine Change is happening in the South) and more. Catte's concluding essay.
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