Democracy Now: “This Is a Win for Our City”: Chicago Teachers Celebrate End of Historic Strike After 11 Days

(Part One, Part Two below)
Teachers in Chicago are heading back to school Friday, marking the end of a historic eleven-day strike that had shut down the nation’s third-largest school district. After weeks of tense negotiations, the city agreed to reduce class sizes, increase salaries by 16 percent over the next 5 years and bring on hundreds more social workers, nurses and librarians. The union demanded that teachers be able to make up the full eleven days of school before agreeing to return to work and eventually settled with the city on five days. Earlier this week, 7,500 public school workers with the Service Employees International Union, who had been striking also settled with the city earlier. I joined Democracy Now alongside Stacy Davis Gates, the Executive Vice President of the Chicago Teacher Union.


Democracy Now!

I joined Amy Goodman and United Teachers Los Angeles bargaining chair Arlene Inouye to talk about the UTLA strike, what was won, the potential for an ongoing strike wave, and more.


Radio/TV: Rising Up with Sonali

I joined Sonali Kolhatkar on Rising Up with Sonali to talk about Ireland’s historic vote to repeal the 8th Amendment to the Constitution and legalize abortion in some cases. “Nearly 70% of Irish voters on Friday chose to repeal their nation’s 8th amendment on abortion. The deeply Catholic nation has seen a cultural shift over […]


TV: PBS NewsHour

I joined PBS NewsHour host William Brangham to talk teacher strikes. Teacher strikes and walkouts have been spreading from West Virginia to Arizona. Thousands of Kentucky educators rallied on Friday at their state Capitol, as Oklahoma’s largest teachers’ union called for an end to their nine-day walkout. William Brangham talks with Sarah Jaffe, author of […]


TV: The Laura Flanders Show

Laura Flanders gave me my start in journalism and I like to say she taught me everything I know. So it’s always an extra pleasure to be on her show. WORKERS, WILDCATS & NEW MODELS FOR LABOR ORGANIZING Laura talks to SEIU International President, Mary Kay Henry and labor journalist Sarah Jaffe about worker wins, […]


TV: Happy Ending with Nando Vila

What’s work going to look like in the next several decades? Do we even need bosses? An extended interview I did with Nando Vila on his Fusion TV show, Happy Ending. You can watch the full episode of the show (including my appearance in an honest-to-goodness comedy sketchy) at Fusion.


TV: Barack Obama’s legacy, at Al Jazeera’s The Stream

I was a guest on Al Jazeera’s The Stream to talk about Barack Obama’s legacy with some excellent comrades, including Mychal Denzel Smith and Vijay Prashad. Part one, on domestic policy, above (and here), part two on foreign policy (and immigration) here.

Event • Germany

TV: Kulturzeit

When I wrote Necessary Trouble I didn’t really think that anyone outside of the U.S. would care. Then this ridiculous election spun out of control and I started getting requests from other countries’ media. Here’s a couple of spots I did on German public television: one on Marxism in the U.S. and one on Trump v. […]