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Our Newest Newsletter!

1 Feb

Our newest newsletter, and, we like to think, our best yet.  It features 5 important articles on current issues.  First, Margarita Monteverde and Felicia Vivanco analyze the recent elections in terms of national policies and the huge influx of corporate money under the watch of GO Public Schools.  We have already posted this article separately online here, with citations.  Second, we explain why we changed our name from Occupy Oakland Education Committee and Education 4 the 99% to ClassRoom Struggle.  This article also charts out many of our long-term and big picture understandings of the education sector and the potential for transformative change.  It, too, has already been posted online here.  Third, Aram Mendoza analyzes the current contract negotiations of OEA and its importance for Oakland teachers and, more widely, the needs of Oakland students.  Aram also raises some very concrete tactics and next steps for individual teachers and teachers as a whole.  It is posted independently here, with citations. Fourth, A.S. Read brings the international perspective by taking us to Sri Lanka and Namibia where, recently, some very militant teacher strikes have taken place.  Each points out the potential power of teachers when united but also the dangers of being sold out by bureaucratized union leadership.  It is posted separately here, with citations.  Lastly, 3 Oakland afterschool workers describe the problems of the highly precarious and non-unionized world of afterschool programs.  This field has exploded in recent years with some very detrimental consequences for workers and students.

All in all, we think this newsletter is important reading for those interested in the education sector and resisting the current attacks on public education wherever you are but especially in the Bay Area and Oakland.  To be sure, the views contained are opinionated and will not find friends in all corners.  We, however, do not think this is necessarily a problem and we hope it can open up a healthy and principled debate.  If you find the views provocative, for positive or negative reasons, please comment here and tell us why.  Our ability to resist the attacks on public education will depend on how unified we are around a strong understanding of the attacks.  So let’s start the conversation… there’s no time to waste.

Click the cover to download a pdf of the newsletter.

Click the cover to download a pdf of the newsletter.

The Phoenix: A new newsletter from San Jose youth organizing group, 50/50 Crew

6 Jan

We recently received this newsletter, named The Phoenix, from a San Jose group called 50/50 Crew.  They formed out of frustration with non-profit and college campus organizing.  Focusing on political work with youth, they place a strong emphasis on anti-police/prison industrial complex work.  We found it pretty interesting and hope you do to… so let us know what you think!


Click the image above to access the pdf of The Phoenix.

Click the image above to access the pdf of The Phoenix.

The 3rd Issue of Our Newsletter!

8 Nov

This is the 3rd issue of our newsletter, Classroom Struggle.  Please share widely and give us feedback!

Click on the image above for a color version intended for web viewing.

For a black and white print quality version please click here.

Please Note: We recently have changed the title of our newsletter and committee.  We will shortly put out our reasoning behind this.  However, if you have already seen this issue in print with the old title, all the content is the same except for the links in the articles now point to our new website,  Enjoy!

Download a copy of our most recent newsletter!

20 May

8 pages of critical analysis and news from the streets: 

  • Why May 1st Matters for Schools
  • School Closures: District Calls for a Time-Out on Its 25-School Hit List
  • Closing Santa Fe Will Destroy a Community
  • TSA: Tony Smith’s New Attack on Education
  • Bay Youth Step Up Protests
  • Berkeley High Students Walk Out for March 1st
  • Trayvon Martin: Student Protests Make Justice a Reality

Download your copy here: Newsletter Final Press


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