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Phoenix Democratic Socialists of America – Labor Organizing 101 and Demanding Safe Schools
July 30 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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During this renewed and intensified wave of the various crisis triggered by the coronavirus and the inability of capitalism to manage it, we continue to see callous disregard for human life when it threatens profits. Now we are faced with the threat of physically reopened schools which will expose millions across the country and in Arizona in particular to unjustifiable risks. The last defense against this cruelty seems to be organizing educators, who just 2 years ago proved that they can shake the system just by standing together. What’s it going to take to demand and win safe schools? And what can DSA’s role be in this fight?
Join Phoenix DSA for another iteration of our socialist night school, where we will be joined by 2 panelists who will talk about the basics of labor organizing, both in terms of what’s being done to fight back now for safe schools, and in general. After they kick us off, the event will continue with an open general discussion.
Rebecca Garelli is a science educator and organizer with Arizona Educators United. Rebecca is also a former active member of the Chicago Teachers Union for 11 years and participated in the historic 2012 strike. Upon moving to Arizona, she co-founded Arizona Educators United and played an instrumental role in organizing the Arizona #RedforEd movement. She helped develop and successfully execute an 8-week organizing blitz & escalation plan that resulted in the creation of a 2,000 volunteer network in over 1,200 school sites across the state. This organizing also resulted in a six-day strike, a 75,000 person march & increased education funding. Rebecca is also an organizer with National Educators United(NEU) on the Building Statewide Groups & Austerity Fight Back Committees.
Gordon Pyle is a CWA union organizer.
In preparation for this event, we recommend reading some material to get a sense of the situation and context of the fight:
From Labor Notes: https://labornotes.org/2020/07/full-steam-ahead-reopening-schools-no-way-say-teachers
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