In 1968, a teacher strike in New York City shook up the entire school system, leading to a huge high school student movement. This was at a time when young people were looking for radical change. This writer remembers going to a discussion group of high school students in Harlem, where the students were talking about revolutionary theory. That’s what was going on! Today, there is a crisis in the entire education system in the whole state. In West Virginia last year, the teachers shut down the whole state education system. Students in California can do the same here! We hope to hear from you, students! What do you think of organizing a state-wide shut down of the education system?
Of course the 1968 Teachers strike in NYC was a *reactionary* strike to preserve the white job trust of the union. The students were on the side of the community against the union. Not so here.
I completely agree about that strike, David Walters. There wasn’t a need to get into that whole issue here, though. My point was that the disruption set off the students. For those who want to know more about that 1968 strike, this article about my mother (!) discusses it. She wrote a whole book that focuses on that strike: https://oaklandsocialist.com/2013/12/21/a-woman-ahead-of-her-time-my-mother-miriam-wolf-wasserman/