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Sunday, September 18, 2011
Lamphere and Sartori Review "Reds at the Blackboard"
Check out the new review of Reds at the Blackboardonline now at Socialist Worker.org - and come discuss it at the next ISO Teachers' Happy Hour (see below) on Friday.
The International Socialist Organization presents...
Teacher Happy Hour!
Reds at the Blackboard: Communism, Civil Rights, and the New York City Teachers Union
radical teachers for a discussion of the hidden history of teacher
unionism in New York City, based on Clarence Taylor's exciting new book
Reds at the Blackboard, which explores the hidden history of Communist
Party radicals organizing in the Teachers' Union, one of the
predecessors to the UFT. Taylor
recounts this pivotal relationship and the backlash it created, as the
union threw its support behind controversial policies and rights
movements. Taylor's research reaffirms the party's close ties with the
union—yet it also makes clear that the organization was anything but a
puppet of Communist power.
of the book will be available for sale, as well as sign-up lists for a
future reading group. Please join us for this important discussion!
Friday, September 23rd
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fear of reprisal. Join us on Friday afternoon for a discussion of the
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New York City teachers Peter Lamphere and Gina Sartori review a book that uncovers the hidden history of a left-wing union for teachers.
September 13, 2011
SINCE THE early 1960s, the leadership of the United Federation of
Teachers (UFT) has tried to project itself as a union of professionals,
paid and treated accordingly. The largest teachers' union in the country
representing 200,000 members practices traditional service unionism,
focusing on benefits and salaries.
this approach has sacrificed democratic involvement of the rank and
file, community alliances and building shop-floor power, which has
resulted over time in deteriorating working conditions.
Clarence Taylor's Reds at the Blackboard: Communism, Civil Rights and the New York City Teachers' Union offers
an account of an alternative to this model with a history of the
Communist Party-led Teachers Union (TU), which pioneered a strategy
based on social-movement unionism. The book, while academic in style,
offers a highly readable and engaging story of the rise of this model,
as well as the ferocious onslaught against it during the McCarthy era.
It is a must-read for those looking to emulate the TU's approach and
apply it to modern teachers' unions.
service unionism, social-movement unionism focuses on building
alliances with grassroots organizations for the purpose of providing
resources to the communities and schools in which teachers work. The
TU's brand of unionism prioritized forging partnerships with Black and
Latino parents, civil rights organizations, unions, community groups and
civic organizations to improve the lives of the children they taught as
well as the working conditions of their members...