We talk with Kate Gold, President of VSCS-United Professionals at Northern Vermont University, and Tanya Vyhovsky of Rights & Democracy about the Vermont People's Bailout: COVID Virtual Town Hall, and Will Lambek of Migrant Justice, joined by Ashley Smith of Champlain Valley DSA, about the
Bhaskar Sunkara , author of The Socialist Manifesto: The Case for Radical Politics in an Era of Extreme Inequality and founder and editor of the socialist publication Jacobin, answers What Is Democratic Socialism?, draws lessons from socialism's mixed history, and presents a vision for its future.
David Van Deusen discuses why labor must rethink how we do politics. Ashley Smith explains why we must stop Republicans from bringing Scott Walker’s right wing agenda to Vermont, and organize for our own working class interests.
Eric Blanc, the author of Red State Revolt: The Teachers' Strike Wave and Working-Class Politics discusses how teachers in West Virginia self-organized themselves, successfully overcame the divisions with school service personnel, and won broad community support for a mass political strike that despite a Republican-controlled statehouse and a coal baron governor, beat back charter school legislation, attacks on seniority, a paycheck “protection” bill, and won a pay raise for all public employees.
Eric Blanc, the author of Red State Revolt: The Teachers' Strike Wave and Working-Class Politics, explains the significance of the successful Los Angeles teachers' strike. It wasn't all about wages. At its core, the strike was a fight against a hostile takeover of public schools by the super rich.