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We interview Donna Salonga, a 3rd year ceramics teacher from Skyline HS in Oakland.  Here, she chronicles here spiritual and political journey that took from a teacher reluctant to strike before the struggle began to one determined to carry on the fight until all teachers demands were met.  She discusses her experiences as a picket captain, becoming a leader, why she voted 'NO" on the Tentative agreement and the aftermath of the Oakland teachers strike.

Donna’a Political IG - SHSfight4Ed

Teacher IG - Dsalonga

What’s Left? Website: https://what-s-left.webnode.com/

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Additional Links:

OEA Strike: Balance Sheet, Lessons, and What Next?
https://weknowwhatsup.blogspot.com/2019/03/oea-strike-balance-sheet-lessons-and.html?fbclid=IwAR0W7GaWo7ItpB6q8afDm4xnxUpn-DSWRyBZrei4g5yn_b5auOqjACHYjaM

Between rhetoric and reality: Evaluating the Oakland teachers’ strike
http://libcom.org/news/between-rhetoric-reality-evaluating-oakland-teachers-strike-06032019?fbclid=IwAR16OGTo8-S8Jk2bFeNmi3WByCFWrjDay3Je9P6BcXyItWGgELZ_3aVGLm0

Interview of Oakland teacher, Jimmy Barbuto, about his thoughts about being on strike and how it has transformed him and his colleagues at Skyline High School.

Recommended Links:

What’s Left? Website:
https://what-s-left.webnode.com/

Podcasts:
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/whats-left-now-who-we-are-and-why-we-are-doing-this/id1409349552 

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Interview of retired Oakland teacher, activist and socialist, Jack Gerson. He talks about the how the Oakland school district (and public education) has been systematically strangled and dismantled and created the conditions for the Oakland strike. We talk about where the strike is going and where we think it may need to go to be successful

Recommended Links:
OEA President Keith Brown on OEA strike
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZRE8QlmWGE

Article on School Privatization
https://jacobinmag.com/2019/02/oakland-public-schools-teachers-strike

https://classroomstruggle.org/2013/04/08/tony-smith-leaves-oakland-in-shambles/

https://classroomstruggle.org/2015/02/11/antwan-wilsons-idea-of-cutting-administration-pad-the-top-chop-from-the-bottom/

https://weknowwhatsup.blogspot.com/2019/02/oakland-teachers-strike-day-1.html

What’s Left? Website:
https://what-s-left.webnode.com/

Podcasts:
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/whats-left-now-who-we-are-and-why-we-are-doing-this/id1409349552 

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We discuss the Seattle General strike of 1919. Why is it important and what can we learn from it today? Check out the links included for more info. (on YouTube site)

Also, this video has some historical pictures to go along with it so you might want to check it out on YouTube if your curious about those

Recommended Links:

Good overview of Seattle General Strike
http://socialistworker.org/2019/02/06/when-workers-power-ran-seattle

Site with lots of Original Resources
http://depts.washington.edu/labhist/strike/

History written by those involved
http://www.prole.info/texts/seattle1919.html

What’s Left? Website:
https://what-s-left.webnode.com/

Podcasts:
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/whats-left-now-who-we-are-and-why-we-are-doing-this/id1409349552 

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Part 2 of Eduardo and Andy answering questions asked by some of our listeners. Thank you everyone, for the thoughtful challenging questions!

Recommended Readings listed at the bottom: (from last Q & A):

Recommended Readings:

The Civil War in France (Marx)
The Communist Manifesto (Marx)
State and Revolution (Lenin)
Imperialism: The Highest Stage of Capitalism (Lenin)
The History of the Russian Revolution (Trotsky)
Reform or Revolution (Luxemberg)
The Mass Strike (Luxemberg)
The German Revolution (Pierre Broue)
State Capitalism in Russia (Tony Cliff)

What’s Left? Website:
https://what-s-left.webnode.com/

Podcasts:
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Special guests, Gema and Kenny join us for a discussion on recent events in Venezuela. Should the US get involved?  Why is Europe supporting the self-declared interim President Juan Guaido?  In addition, to debating what and who is really behind the decision to oust Nicolas Meduro from his seat as president, we discuss why is this happening now and what does it mean for the prospects for social change (and Socialism)

What’s Left? Website: https://what-s-left.webnode.com/

Podcasts:
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/whats-left-now-who-we-are-and-why-we-are-doing-this/id1409349552 

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Additional Links:

What's Happening in Venezuela?: Just the Facts
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bEvHwiJWgAY&feature=youtu.be

We interview Claire Asuka Keating, a history teacher, activist and striker from a well organized school in LA, UCLA-Community school. A must listen for any worker intending to go on strike or in re-building the labor movement in the US. Here, Claire discusses what led to the strike, how it was organized, responses from parents and students in LA, issues confronting the strike, facing the police and how history was made by teachers in LA over the 6 days they went out.  Finally, she explains what she voted NO on the contract and what this strike means to her.

What’s Left? viewers may enjoy the additional clip we added to the end.

What’s Left? Website: https://what-s-left.webnode.com/

Podcasts:
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/whats-left-now-who-we-are-and-why-we-are-doing-this/id1409349552 

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We’re back! Happy New Year everyone. Here’s part 1 of Eduardo and Andy answering questions asked by some of our listeners.

Recommended Readings listed at the bottom:

What’s Left? Website: https://what-s-left.webnode.com/

Podcasts:
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/whats-left-now-who-we-are-and-why-we-are-doing-this/id1409349552 

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Recommended Readings:

The Civil War in France (Marx)
The Communist Manifesto (Marx)
State and Revolution (Lenin)
Imperialism: The Highest Stage of Capitalism (Lenin)
The History of the Russian Revolution (Trotsky)
Reform or Revolution (Luxemberg)
The Mass Strike (Luxemberg)
The German Revolution (Pierre Broue)
State Capitalism in Russia (Tony Cliff)

We discuss the furor around Trumps announcement of a troop pullout from Syria and Afghanistan. Also, our take on what’s behind the government shutdown over building a border wall.

What’s Left? Website: https://what-s-left.webnode.com/

Podcasts:
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/whats-left-now-who-we-are-and-why-we-are-doing-this/id1409349552 

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“People should not be afraid of their governments, governments should be afraid of their people.”

-V for Vendetta

What’s Left? Website: https://what-s-left.webnode.com/

Podcasts:
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/whats-left-now-who-we-are-and-why-we-are-doing-this/id1409349552 

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Additional Links:

47 Demands of the Yellow Jackets
https://friedemannwo.wordpress.com/2018/12/09/manifesto-the-demands-of-the-yellow-vests/

Who are the gilets jaunes and what do they want?
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/dec/03/who-are-the-gilets-jaunes-and-what-do-they-want

This Woman Pays Drug Users Not To Have Kids (HBO)
https://youtu.be/kkERSYPLzqc

In light of workers and their children being tear-gassed at the border while struggle takes place in parts of Europe (and even some in SF), and movements in Europe around Brexit, in this episode, we take up the question of nationalism.

What’s Left? Website: https://what-s-left.webnode.com/

Podcasts:
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/whats-left-now-who-we-are-and-why-we-are-doing-this/id1409349552 

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Additional Links:

https://socialistworker.org/2018/11/27/the-case-against-the-case-against-open-borders

Previous What’s Left Episodes worth checking out:

Honduran Episode
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=txeoM9uAQ9k

White Privilege episode.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hn1yKxFuVQw

We discuss some of the issues that come up for both of us when we think more deeply about the Thanksgiving holiday. What does it say about the real legacy of the United States? What is the holiday really about? What was the fate of both pilgrims and Native Americans and where are they at today? What are the lessons can we take away from this most famous of US holidays?

What’s Left? Website: https://what-s-left.webnode.com/

Podcasts:
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/whats-left-now-who-we-are-and-why-we-are-doing-this/id1409349552 

Googleplaymusic: https://play.google.com/music/listen?u=0#/ps/Ip2kmnisjjchn6bugg2xrjoduja

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California is on fire! Why is this happening? How did these fires start? Why do the fires seem to be getting worse each year? Can we do anything about it? We both learned a lot in preparing for this episode so make sure to check out the links provided with it.

Also, this episode has more images included in it to compliment the audio, so you might want to check out the video version as well.

What’s Left? Website: https://what-s-left.webnode.com/

Podcasts:
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/whats-left-now-who-we-are-and-why-we-are-doing-this/id1409349552 

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Additional Links:

Air Quality Index Indicator
https://airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=airnow.main

How fighting wildfires makes them worse
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NX1xnWPSjKg

Power lines are burning the West
https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2018/05/power-lines-are-burning-the-west/561212/

Management vs Suppression
https://news.berkeley.edu/2016/10/24/wildfire-management-vs-suppression-benefits-forest-and-watershed/

MIT study on Forest Management
http://news.mit.edu/2013/forest-fire-management-1120

A week after the U.S. midterm elections, we discuss what happened to the projected ‘blue wave’ that was supposed to sweep the political landscape in Washington. Well, there was no blue wave? Why not? What was significant about these elections? What did it accomplish? What comes next? 2020 elections?!?! Really!?!?!

What’s Left? Website: https://what-s-left.webnode.com/

Podcasts:
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/whats-left-now-who-we-are-and-why-we-are-doing-this/id1409349552 

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Additional Links:

We watched hackers break into voting machines
https://youtu.be/HA2DWMHgLnc

Def Con hackers made quick work of electronic voting machines
https://youtu.be/4p4mXCn470s

t’s only one more day before the U.S. mid-term elections, and we thought it would be a good opportunity to discuss our differing opinions on the merits of voting in bourgeois elections. Things get a little heated, but in the end we come out buddies even if we have to agree to disagree on some issues.

What’s Left? Website: https://what-s-left.webnode.com/

Podcasts:
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/whats-left-now-who-we-are-and-why-we-are-doing-this/id1409349552 

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Eduardo and Andy discuss the migrant caravan that is making its way from Honduras to the US border. What are the reasons for the caravan? How the immigrant plight is being used by US politicians and why open borders and a giant “Bienvenidos!” Is the only sensible attitude to have to their treacherous but heroic journey.

What’s Left? Website: https://what-s-left.webnode.com/

Podcasts:
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/whats-left-now-who-we-are-and-why-we-are-doing-this/id1409349552 

Googleplaymusic: https://play.google.com/music/listen?u=0#/ps/Ip2kmnisjjchn6bugg2xrjoduja

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Additional Links:

Their courageous caravan needs our solidarity
http://socialistworker.org/2018/10/31/their-courageous-caravan-needs-our-solidarity

US Threatens Military Response on Border
http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2018/10/migrant-caravan-trump-tweet-threatens-military-response-to-central-american-asylum-seekers.html

How US Policy in Honduras Set Stage for Migration
http://theconversation.com/how-us-policy-in-honduras-set-the-stage-for-todays-migration-65935

US Role in Honduran Coup
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/the-us-role-in-the-honduras-coup-and-subsequent-violence_us_5766c7ebe4b0092652d7a138

Immigrants and Violent Crime
https://www.npr.org/2018/05/02/607652253/studies-say-illegal-immigration-does-not-increase-violent-crime

MS-13: Born in the USA
https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/2/26/16955936/ms-13-trump-immigrants-crime

Stats on Immigration
https://www.migrationpolicy.org/programs/data-hub/charts/immigrants-countries-birth-over-time?width=900&height=850&iframe=true

Do Immigrants Steal Jobs?
https://www.brookings.edu/blog/brookings-now/2017/08/24/do-immigrants-steal-jobs-from-american-workers/

Why US is Losing Manufacturing Jobs
http://russroberts.info/article/why-are-we-losing-manufacturing-jobs/

Gentrification is Internal Immigration
https://www.eastbayexpress.com/oakland/the-east-bays-changing-demographics/Content?oid=13262928

Eduardo and Andy discuss the recent elections in Brazil. Once again we see the rise of a right-wing, populist candidate spouting nationalism, sexism and anti-immigrant racism. Why is this happening in Brazil? Why is it happening around the globe? What does it mean for the Left?

What's Left? Website: https://what-s-left.webnode.com/

Podcasts:
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/whats-left-now-who-we-are-and-why-we-are-doing-this/id1409349552 

Googleplaymusic: https://play.google.com/music/listen?u=0#/ps/Ip2kmnisjjchn6bugg2xrjoduja

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Additional Links:

Brazil Under Lula
https://www.counterpunch.org/2003/06/17/brazil-under-lula/

This week, Eduardo and Andy discuss all the nonsense and drama behind the Brett Kavanaugh nomination for the Supreme Court and our thoughts and responses to the hearing on allegations of sexual abuse leveled against him.

We are getting this episode out a little early because some people who are important to us (and we love very much) insisted that we get it out early!

Website: https://what-s-left.webnode.com/

Podcasts:
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/whats-left-now-who-we-are-and-why-we-are-doing-this/id1409349552

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Additional Links:
The Hidden Epidemic of Men who are Raped by Women
https://broadly.vice.com/en_us/article/kze8qn/the-hidden-epidemic-of-men-who-are-raped-by-women

Fighting the Supreme Court in the Streets and in the Workplace
https://socialistworker.org/2018/09/06/a-power-more-supreme-than-any-judge

Meet Tarana Burke, Activist Who Started “Me Too” Campaign to Ignite Conversation on Sexual Assault
Activist Tarana Burke began "Me Too" as a grassroots movement to aid sexual assault survivors in underprivileged communities, where rape crisis centers and sexual assault workers weren’t going. Tarana Burke is now a program director at Girls for Gender Equity.
https://www.democracynow.org/2017/10/17/meet_tarana_burke_the_activist_wh

In Janus Case, Court Issues Major Anti-Labor Ruling, Eviscerating Power of Public-Sector Unions
https://www.democracynow.org/2018/6/28/in_janus_case_court_issues_major

Sotomayor, a Trailblazer and a Dreamer
https://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/27/us/politics/27websotomayor.html

Sotomayor: 'Always Looking Over My Shoulder'
https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=104538436

Cricket, Ivy League classmates startled student Sonia Sotomayor
http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/07/15/sotomayor.college/index.html

Sotomayor’s Focus on Race Issues May Be Hurdle
https://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/30/us/politics/30affirm.html

Sotomayor Has Said Gender and Ethnicity 'Make a Difference' in Judging
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/05/26/AR2009052600914.html

Princeton key to knowing Sotomayor
https://www.politico.com/story/2009/05/princeton-key-to-knowing-sotomayor-023074

Catholic Church Cover-up: 300 Priests Sexually Abused 1,000 Children in Pennsylvania
https://www.democracynow.org/2018/8/16/shocking_investigation_reveals_pennsylvania_priests_abused

“This Church Is a Criminal Enterprise”: Former Priest & Survivor Speak Out on PA Catholic Sex Abuse
https://www.democracynow.org/2018/8/16/this_church_is_a_criminal_enterprise

Eduardo and Andy discuss the recent shoe/apparel deal struck between Nike and Colin Kaepernick. The ad campaign seems to lend support to Kaepernick's cause of fighting/highlighting racism and police brutality in the US with him featured prominently and a slogan saying "Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything." Who and what benefits most from this controversial association? Kaepernick or Nike? The Cause or Capitalism?

What's Left? Website: https://what-s-left.webnode.com/

Podcasts:
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/whats-left-now-who-we-are-and-why-we-are-doing-this/id1409349552 

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Additional Links:

Article on Nike stocks
https://www.marketwatch.com/story/nike-upgraded-in-face-of-colin-kaepernick-advertising-controversy-2018-09-11

History of "American Football"
https://youtu.be/93QO47QSL9A

Eduardo and Andy discuss the recent prison strike called by Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee and Jailhouse Lawyers Speak. We cover in detail each of the 10 demands of the strike, and talk about why they are important, and what they expose about the U.S prison system.

Website: https://what-s-left.webnode.com/

Podcasts:
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/whats-left-now-who-we-are-and-why-we-are-doing-this/id1409349552 

Googleplaymusic: https://play.google.com/music/listen?u=0#/ps/Ip2kmnisjjchn6bugg2xrjoduja

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Additional links:

Interview of IWOC member on prison strike
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1fi55nX4Zc

Mass Incarceration: 2018
https://www.prisonpolicy.org/reports/pie2018.html?gclid=CjwKCAjwt7PcBRBbEiwAfwfVGKAEyr2HWq7zf5mRHPnCUqP8C2RG2rAorKXd70RPpY1qT-1t6G1YFxoCvPAQAvD_BwE

IWOC
https://incarceratedworkers.org/

Prisoner Wages
https://www.prisonpolicy.org/blog/2017/04/10/wages/

Punishment Fails. Rehabilitation Works.
https://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2012/12/18/prison-could-be-productive/punishment-fails-rehabilitation-works

Brazil Museum Fires
 https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/04/science/brazil-museum-fire.html

Andy asks Eduardo about his trip to Mexico and what it means to him, then the discussion turns to politics in Mexico, the recent election and who is AMLO, Andrés Manuel López Obrador?

Sorry for the strange sound. We are Skyping between SF and Mexico.

Website: https://what-s-left.webnode.com/

Podcasts:
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/whats-left-now-who-we-are-and-why-we-are-doing-this/id1409349552 

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Links:

AMLO Documentary “Estoy Soy”
https://youtu.be/TClF8dK7EE0

Eduardo and Andy discuss recent decisions across the globe either restricting or expanding women's access to abortion rights. We explain our differing reasons for supporting a woman's right to choose.

Website: https://what-s-left.webnode.com/

Podcasts:
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/whats-left-now-who-we-are-and-why-we-are-doing-this/id1409349552 

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Eduardo and Andy talk about the anniversary of the Charlottesville demonstrations and discuss whether fascism in on the rise in the U.S.. We also talk about the tactics and politics of Antifa.

Website: https://what-s-left.webnode.com/

Podcasts:
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/whats-left-now-who-we-are-and-why-we-are-doing-this/id1409349552 

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Additional Links:

Bobo doll experiment
https://www.britannica.com/event/Bobo-doll-experiment
https://www.simplypsychology.org/bobo-doll.html

Dr. Cornel West interview, "We would've been crushed like cockroaches"
https://youtu.be/aeOZ2BKa1FQ

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A weekly political discussion on some of the most critical issues of our time as it relates to current events while challenging the conventional left.