In this audio report, we were lucky enough to speak with two teachers in the so-called Phoenix, Arizona area (Akimel O’odham Territory), who had just wrapped up two days of striking. Currently, the mass strikes in Arizona, which saw over 50K teachers and supporters out on the streets of just Phoenix, has been the largest outpouring of the ongoing teacher rebellion which began in West Virginia.
In our short conversation, we discuss the past two days, the mass actions, and the far-Right ‘Patriot’ members who showed up to the strike armed. In our discussion, we cover the conditions facing both educators, staff, and students throughout the state, and we also discuss what actions teachers carried out which led up to the mass strikes, such as a sick-out and a series of “walk-ins,” in which teachers would rally before school, and then ‘walk-into’ class.
While the unions are attempting to keep the various strikes from linking up with each other, and thus challenging the power and authority of the Democratic Party, the question remains if the strikers can continue to push beyond these barriers placed in front of them.