Saturday 10/20: Lessons of the Chicago Teachers’ Strike with Xian Barrett and Julie Cavanagh

October 19, 2012 — 2 Comments

Lessons from the Chicago Teachers’ Strike

A Public Forum


Saturday, October 20 at 3:30pm

The Silver School of Social Work at NYU

Room 411

1 Washington Square Park North

(A,B,C,D,E,F,M trains to W. 4th St.; N,R to 8th St.)

Featured Speakers:

Xian Barrett, member of the Chicago Teachers Union and the Caucus of Rank and File Educators (CORE)

Julie Cavanagh, member of the Movement of Rank and File Educators (MORE) and the United Federation of Teachers

What are the strategies teachers, parents, & students in Chicago have used to turn an attack against teachers into a broad fight for social justice?

Who is really behind “educational reform” & teacher- bashing efforts like the new movie Won’t Back Down?

How did a small group of ordinary teachers succeed 
in creating a movement to fight for the interests of 

Why do the Chicago teachers call the present educational system racist?

What can we learn from this struggle in New York?

For more on both speakers, please see:

Xian Barrett"Why I’m Striking" –

Video from SOS12: Teachers’ Unions, Teachers’ Rights, Teachers’ Voice:

Julie Cavanagh on MSNBC’s UP with Chris Hayes –

Sponsored by: MORE (Movement of Rank and File Educators) & the Radical Film and Lecture Series at NYU

Endorsed by (list in formation): Coalition for Public Education, New York Collective of Radical Educators (NYCoRE), Grassroots Education Movement (GEM), Independent Community of Educators (ICE), NYU International Socialist Organization (NYU-ISO), Labor for Palestine, New York City Labor against the War, OWS Labor Outreach Committee, New Jersey Teacher Activist Group (NJTAG), Labor Notes

For more information or to endorse the meeting, please contact nycctusolidarity

Lessons from Chicago citiwide flyer-3.pdf

2 responses to Saturday 10/20: Lessons of the Chicago Teachers’ Strike with Xian Barrett and Julie Cavanagh


    I have written a fairly critical assesment of the Chicago strike along with another broader essay that’s critical of much rank and file organizing within education. They’re on the Insurgent Notes web page at

    John Garvey


    The forum was well attended. Xian Barrett’s discourse was compelling and there were many good questions. I’ve written a summary of it and am sharing it with colleagues. I’m looking forward to the next MORE forum.

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