Join the TDSA Reading Group on February 11th as we discuss this month’s topic, “The Strike”.
With a wave of inspiring teacher strikes sweeping the country and the one-hundredth anniversary of the Seattle General Strike coming up, it’s a great time to talk about the strike as a concept.
There’s no doubt that the strike is the most powerful weapon in the working class arsenal. So why has it been so absent for so long? 2017 had the second-smallest number of major strikes in recorded history. That trend could be reversing, with educators leading the way as we witnessed for ourselves here in Washington. But we have a long way to go before we can shut down a major city down for six days. What can we learn from the organizing efforts of our predecessors that still applies in a much different environment?
The pieces below delve into these questions and many more. Please read beforehand and come prepared for a lively discussion with comrades. The meetings are always on the second Monday of the month, so if you can’t make this one, save the date and catch the next one!
“Seattle, the Soviet of Washington”
by Cal Williams
“The Strike as the Ultimate Structure Test” by Jane McAlevey
“The Seattle General Strike (Introduction)” by James N. Gregory
“Reviving the Strike (Chapter 1)” by Joe Burns