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Teacher Unions and Social Justice: Building Power Through Labor and Community Partnerships

June 8, 2021 at 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm CDT

Teacher Unions and Social Justice
Building Power Through Labor and Community Partnerships
Tuesday, June 8th at 4pm PT, 6pm CT, 7pm ET

Join Rethinking Schools and the Bargaining for the Common Good Network for a lively discussion of the whys, the challenges, and the how-tos of building partnerships for power.


Amanda Kail, Ingrid Walker-Henry, and Esperanza Martinez will participate in a 75-minute conversation about how labor and community organizations are beginning to realize that together, we are stronger. Strategies such as Bargaining for the Common Good require sustained and mutually respectful partnerships between unions, community organizations, and school families. Moderated by Bianca Cunningham. 

Bianca Cunningham is a former Verizon Wireless worker who led her coworkers in seven stores across Brooklyn, New York, to join Communication Workers of America (CWA) in 2014, making them the first unionized retail workers in the company. She is on staff at Action Center on Race and the Economy (ACRE), working at the intersection of economic, racial, and gender equity. She is the national campaign director for the Bargaining for the Common Good Network.

Amanda Kail
is a teacher organizer in Nashville, Tennessee. She is the president of the Metropolitan Nashville Education Association (MNEA).

Ingrid Walker-Henry is a 20-year teacher in Milwaukee Public Schools. She serves as a vice president at the Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association and is the union’s Teaching and Learning organizer. 

Esperanza Martinez is a former community organizer with the LA Labor and Community Strategy Center and the Bus Riders Union. She was hired by United Teachers Los Angeles in 2014 as a parent organizer. She currently serves as a Community Schools Coach for UTLA. 

The event is hosted by Rethinking Schools and co-sponsored by the Bargaining for the Common Good Network. 

Participants will need access to Zoom. Register for the Zoom link and get a 25% discount code for Rethinking Schools books and magazine. You will also get pre-readings from Teacher Unions and Social Justice: Organizing for the Schools and Communities Our Students Deserve

ASL Interpretation will be available




June 8, 2021
6:00 pm - 7:15 pm CDT