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“People Have Just Had Enough”: West Virginia Teachers Continue Historic Strike into Eighth Day
Schools across West Virginia are closed for an eighth day, as more than 20,000 teachers and 13,000 school staffers remain on strike demanding higher wages and better healthcare. The strike, which began on February 22, has shut down every public school in the state. Teachers are demanding a 5 percent raise and a cap on spiraling healthcare costs.
U.K. University Workers Enter Week 3 of Strike Against Pension Cuts & “Marketization” of Higher Ed
In Britain, tens of thousands of lecturers, librarians, researchers and other university workers are on strike to protest attacks on their pensions, as well as soaring school fees for students.
From Coal Miners to Teachers: West Virginia Continues to Lead Radical Labor Struggle in the U.S.
For decades, West Virginia has been at the forefront of labor activism in the United States. As the state’s teachers continue their historic strike, which has shut down every single West Virginia school, looking at the history of the labor activism in the Mountain State is Jay O’Neal, a middle school teacher and a union activist in Charleston, West Virginia.
“The Oscars Are Still So White”: While Awards Project Diversity, Most Winners Remain White Men
The 90th Academy Awards were held Sunday night, where the vast majority of the awards went to white men, despite years of activism demanding increased racial and gender diversity in Hollywood. The awards show came on the heels of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, which rocked Hollywood after dozens of actresses came forward to accuse Hollywood’s most powerful producer, Harvey Weinstein, of rape, sexual assault and harassment that stretched back decades. April Reign is creator of the viral hashtag #OscarsSoWhite and senior director of marketing for Fractured Atlas, a nonprofit arts service organization. Soraya Chemaly is a journalist who covers the intersection of gender and politics. She is the director of the Women’s Media Center Speech Project.