Striking teachers rally for their demands in the West Virginia state Capitol building

Recipe for red-state revolt

Looming in the background of the West Virginia teachers' strike was both a rich history of labor struggle and bitterness at a deep social crisis today.

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Students are saying: #Enough

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A walkout against gun violence

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Democracy 1, War Machine 0

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Delta's anti-union propaganda

Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian (Chris Rank | Wikimedia Commons)

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Rebellion of the teachers

Talking socialism in a red state

Striking teachers celebrate after the announcement of a victory in West Virginia

The West Virginia struggle reminds us that we socialists aren't "creating" radicalism, but joining people who are forging their own path toward it.

Class struggle back on the map

The West Virginia teachers' strike inspired workers across the country--and only time will tell how far this wave of radicalization will spread.

Your victory gives us strength

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What the teachers taught us

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From Mingo to Manhattan

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How the spark became a flame

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Driven by a sense of inequity

Oklahoma teachers rally for a fair contract

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15 Years After the Iraq Invasion

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III. Occupation and resistance

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Solidarity at Blair Mountain

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Desperation in Jersey City

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